Published in the Pine City Pioneer, Pine City, MN. page 10, Jan. 11, 2007
Norma M. Swenson of Grasston died Friday, Dec. 29, 2006 at Lakeside Medical Center in Pine City.
Norma was born on Feb. 5, 1922 to Henry E. and Tilda Augusta (Nelson) Smith in Athens Township, Isanti County. She grew up and attended school, completing the eighth grade, in Athens Township.
She attended Sunday school and was confirmed on Nov. 27, 1938 at the Faith Lutheran Church in Isanti.
Norma married Melvin Swenson on Sept. 4, 1943. The couple made their home just west of Grasston on the Swenson family dairy farm. They were blessed with two sons, Dale and Dean.
Norma had five wonderful granddaughters, Shari, Melissa, Heidi, Amanda and Lorelei. Her two great granddaughters, Kama and Megan, and great grandson, Ian, gave her much joy. Norma loved being a homemaker, cooking and baking for her family and friends.
She was a member of Hope Lutheran Church of Grasston and a member of LCW (Lutheran Christian Women). As a member of Royal Neighbors-Grasston Camp 1544, she put in many hours of volunteer work. She was a member of the Heritage Club and a past member of the Sugar and Spice Homemakers Club of the Grasston area.
Norma volunteered many hours preparing items for sale at Tusen Tack in Braham. In the past, she was a voting clerk for Grasslake Township.
She is survived by her sons, Dale Swenson, and his wife, Helen, of Braham; and Dean Swenson and his wife Cordia, of Grasston; grandchildren, Shari Swenson and her fiancée, John McGinn, Melissa and her husband, William DeChene, Heidi and her husband, Alan Westfall, Amanda and her husband, Josh Gregerson, and Lorelei Swenson;. Also surviving are great grandchildren Kama Swenson-McGinn, Megan and Ian Duchene, two sisters, Dorothy Klapmeier and Verna Nelson, both of Mora; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends and neighbors.
Preceding Norma in death were her husband, Melvin, her parents, Henry and Tilda Smith, and three brothers, Archie, Carlton and Burton Smith.
She resided at the Pines in Pine City and then later at Lakeside Medial Center in Pine City.
Private family services were held at Swanson Funeral Chapel in Pine City on Jan. 2. Pastor Herman Baker of Hope Lutheran Church, Grasston, officiated.
Burial was on the same day at Grasston Union Cemetery.