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1927 Fern 2022

Marianna "Fern" Hadsall

September 26, 1927 — November 4, 2022



Marianna "Fern" Swanson-Hadsall of Bismarck passed away on November 4th at the age of 95 due to many medical complications. She was surrounded by her loved ones and passed peacefully while she slept.

A celebration of Fern’s life will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 9, at Tumbleweed Bar & Steak House, 62 Santee Rd, Lincoln, ND.  

Marianna was born September 26, 1927 to Emil and Minetta Vanous in Steele North Dakota and was the last of their children to join them in Heaven.

Marianna did not like to be called by her first name so was always referred to as Fern by anyone who knew her. She met and married Arthur Swanson and they had six children, Sydney (Ed) Seidel, Vernon Swanson, Renea (Randy) Dockter, Deb (Ryan) Eggebrecht-Zeller, Alvin Swanson and Adair (Kurt) Falkenstein. After Arthur passed away she met and married Phillip "Joe" Hadsall and welcomed his children, Russ and Todean into the family.

What is there to say about this amazing woman we called mom except she loved life and lived it without regret. She was feisty even on her last day on earth. She enjoyed playing pinochle, bingo, fishing and the slots. She loved visiting with friends, family get-togethers and cooking big meals on Sundays for her family and friends. Her greatest passion was riding on the back of a motorcycle and did this for the last time on her 94th birthday. (Thank you T.J., and the OPMC for making this the highlight of her day).

Fern was survived by her children with the exception of Vernon, seven grandchildren, Tori (Bill) Schaeffer, Darin Seidel, Brandon (Jen) Dockter, Michael (Jen) Eggebrecht, Liza Pfleger, Brandy Pfleger and Michael (Sarah) Zeller as well as fifteen great-grandchildren.

Fern was preceded in death by her parents, six siblings, Dorothy Mauer, Leonard Vanous, Elwyn Vanous. Harvey Vanous, Cora Faith and Emil Vanous, Jr., both husbands, one son Vernon Swanson, one son-in-law, Ed Seidel, one grandson, Dustin Eggebrecht and a special cousin, Doris Elness with whom she shared the same birthday.

She was mom, grandma, God-mother and favorite aunt to many. All who knew her, loved her.

In lieu of flowers, play a game of bingo, a favorite slot or have a drink for her.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Marianna "Fern" Hadsall, please visit our flower store.


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