Ellen Swansen, 77, of Fort Dodge, IA died at 3 am on Sunday, July 11, 2021 in Olathe KS surrounded by her family. Visitation will be held at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Asbury on Saturday 7/24 from 9 am-11 am. Ellen was born on Sept 7th, 1943 in Dubuque, IA the daughter of Mildred (Roth) and Joseph Fessler. She graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1961. In 1967 she married Roger Coble and they had two wonderful children together. Ellen’s favorite role was mother, daughter and sister. She lived many years with her mother so she could stay in her home. She had two daughters, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren whom she loved with all her heart. In 1994 she married Cale Swansen and moved with him to Fort Dodge, IA. Ellen loved spending time with her sisters and cousin who were her best friends. They enjoyed playing cards, shopping, laughing. Ellen enjoyed the ocean, the sun and her garden.
Surviving are her two daughters, Dawn Coble & Troy Jefferson of Olathe, KS and Stacy Miles & Dean Steger of Dyersville, IA; two grandchildren, Ellyssa (Josh Skinner) Coble and Jared Miles and two great grandchildren, Madison & Grayson Skinner; two sisters, Sue (Sam) Deaver and Carol Sharkey of Dubuque; two brothers Joseph Fessler of Galena, IL and Mike Fessler of Dubuque and her cousin who was her best friend, partner in crime and as close as a sister, MaryJo Eigenberger of Dubuque. As well as loads of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was proceeded in death by her husband Cale; her parents, Mildred & Joseph Fessler; her sister Margaret Fessler; her brother Thomas Fessler, and two brothers in law Charles Sharkey and Bruce Glew.