Vera Elizabeth (Swanson) Shaw

January 29, 1921 ‒ July 03, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio

Vera Elizabeth Swanson Shaw passed into the gentle arms of her Lord and Savior in Wedgewood Estates on Trimble Road on July 3rd.

Vera was born on January 21, 1921, in Smaland, Sweden, to Joseph and Signe Swanson.  She graduated from Jamestown High School in New York and attended Jamestown Business College where she met William Joseph “Bill” Shaw, a WWII Navy veteran, serving as Yeoman First Class in the Asiatic -Pacific Theater.  They married while he was on furlough on November 17, 1945.  They were married for 60 years before Bill passed away in 2006.  They wintered in Florida and loved visiting friends and family there.

Vera was an active member of the Jamestown Covenant Church before moving their family to Ft. Myers Florida and then to Hudson, Ohio.  In 1968, her husband Bill accepted a position with United Telephone and they moved to Mansfield. They were members of First Alliance Church and Vera was active in the choir, and the missionary groups and women’s Bible study.  Vera loved to sing, and play the piano and tell stories.  She had the first piano her mother bought her as a child, up until her death.  She could speak and read Swedish and traveled back to Sweden two times as an adult.  An extraordinary cook, she shared her love of cooking and baking with everyone who came to visit. Her Swedish pancakes with home -made rhubarb sauce were a family favorite.

Vera is survived by her two sons Carl (Jeannie) Shaw of Fort Myers, Florida and Peter (Elizabeth Stopschinski) Shaw of Houston, Texas; grandchildren Krystal (William III) Bruce, Kevin Shaw, Russell Shaw, David (Ashley) Shaw, Andrew Shaw, Jason Shaw, and Erika (Michael) Waters; great-grandchildren Cole, and Jacob Bruce, Athena Shaw, Cole and Jack Waters, and Evelyn Shaw.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded by her husband William Shaw, sister Doris, and brother Joseph Swanson.

A memorial service in Vera’s memory will be held at a later date.

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  • Mom Shaw was a strong, kind and wonderful lady. I remember once she surprised us by coming to dinner at her home dressed completely in her Swedish outfit and speaking only Swedish told stories to the family and read from the Bible. Then we had Swedish Fruit dessert she had made which had to be cooled naturally by the cold Ohio weather so she brought it from the cold garage.
    She honored us by continuously praying for our families – each person by name.
    She wanted to visit Fort Myers again and I would love to have had her here surrounded by the family she kept in her prayers. I’m so glad she got to see her newest Grandchild on Carl’s side if only in pictures.

    We will miss her tremendously.
    Daughter in law, Jeannie

  • I had the pleasure of meeting Vera through my daughter in law and the Shaw family … she was a very sweet caring woman . I send my condolences to all the family . I Am sure all your wonderful memories will help you at this time.

    Cheryl and Bill Bruce

  • My parents (Jack & Florence McGugin) who have already went to live with our Lord were very good friends of Vera. I would like to express my sympathy to the family at this time.
    Linda (McGugin) Shira

  • Grandma you were loved and will be missed dearly. I have such wonderful memories of visiting you and Grandpa in Ohio during the summer. I also enjoyed the winter times you spent here in Florida. You made us amazing food with your special Swedish flavors. I’m so glad you got to meet my some Cole and see pictures of our newest son Jacob. You will truely be missed and I forever will hold you in my heart.

    With Love Your Granddaughter,