Joseph P. Swanson Sr.

June 15, 1953 - April 25, 2021

Joseph P. Swanson Sr.

June 15, 1953 - April 25, 2021


Joseph P. Swanson Sr., 67, of Toledo, OH passed away Sunday, April 25, 2021 in the comfort of his home after battling cancer over the years.  Joseph was born in June 15, 1953 in East Toledo to the late Chuck and Helen Swanson (Kocan).

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 44 years: Raylene (Karcsak); daughter: Merissa (Robert) Brockschmidt; son: Joe Swanson; grandson: Sean Swanson; father in law: Donald Kobeck; brother: Chuckie Swanson; sisters: Charlotte Filka, Joyce (Chuck) Baker; sisters in law: Pam (Bill) Rahm, Michelle (Denny) Bradley, Mindy (Scott) Szparagowski; Godmother and aunt: Theresa Ellis; many nieces and nephews.

Joe retired from Toledo Edison after 30 years of service.  He loved bowling, golf, watching sports, especially his favorite teams, University of Michigan (Go Blue), Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, and Tom Brady.  Joe and Raylene enjoyed watching old western shows.  Joe loved coaching and was known as coach Joe to many players.

The family would like to thank his hospice nurse Julia for her compassionate care.  Joseph was a loving husband, father, grandfather and coach to many who will be forever missed.  Memorial contributions in honor of Joseph may be made to Ohio Living Hospice.

Arrangements are entrusted with Habegger Funeral Services.  Habegger Funeral Services is honored to serve the Swanson family.  We encourage you to share a fond memory or condolence by visiting

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5 responses to Joseph P. Swanson Sr.

  1. Joe you were the best Father in law a Man could ever ask for you always had a way of making someone laugh no matter the situation and I’m honored we were able to become so close over the past few years I’m gonna miss our chats, sports talk and great stories from the edison you we’re one of the last of the old school tough guy’s left a man that believed if something needed fixed you do it yourself and you don’t bite your tongue when you feel something wasn’t right even if it wasn’t popular opinion I guess thats what I liked about you the most there was no sugar coating anything you always stayed true to your beliefs and how you felt you can tell eveything about a man by the way he was loved not just by family but by everybody and Joe you were loved by many and I know your in heaven right now making somebody laugh waiting on the first Michigan game of the season we love you my friend take it easy on them up there !!!

  2. I am so glad, so fortunate for you to be a part in my life. So pleased for you to be in Raylene’s life. So happy for for the joy and comfort you have given to Merissa, Joe Jr. Sean, and all of the fortunate people that were a part of in your life. You will be missed, but you will always be remembered. You will always. be with us.
    Donald Kobeck Sr.

  3. My deepest sympathy to the entire Swanson family.

  4. Our deepest sympathy to Raylene, and the entire family. Joe was such a kind man. It was an honor to know him.

  5. I worked with Joe, he was a good coworker, good bowler and good golfer.

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