Longtime Paonia, Colorado resident, Michele L. Swanson, passed on Thursday, March 17, 2022 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colorado. She was 68 years of age.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 2, 2022 at First Christian Church of Paonia, 227 Oak Street, Paonia, Colorado 81428.
Michele Linnea Swanson was born on November 24, 1953 to Charles and Marie (Schroeder) Swanson in Chicago Illinois. She spent her early years in Illinois then moved to Paonia. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado.
Michele taught elementary school in Saguache and Paonia. She was a member of First Christian Church of Paonia and Eastern Star. She enjoyed music, cooking and baking but most of all reading.
Michele married Richard Bagal on January 21, 2018 in Paonia.
Michele is survived by her husband, Richard Bagal of Paonia; her sister, Suzanne (Peter) Klos of Pueblo, Colorado and several nieces and nephews.
Michele was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Jennifer Viehman and her brother, Charles Swanson.