Thelma Swanson, 1919-2014

Published 9:00 am Sunday, December 21, 2014

Thelma L. Swanson, 95, of Lake Mills died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at Lake Mills Care Center.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Sion Lutheran Church in rural Lake Mills with the Rev. Steven Bang officiating. Visitation will be at noon Monday until the service time at the church. Burial will take place at Sion Lutheran Church Cemetery in rural Lake Mills.

Thelma Laurine (Hagen) Swanson was born near Lake Mills to parents Evan and Jane (Dokken) Hagen. She was the youngest of four girls and next to the youngest of all 12 children, and the last

Thelma Swanson

Thelma Swanson

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survivor of all the children.

She always loved animals, and her first job was working for a veterinarian. Throughout her life she always had pets.

She was united in marriage to Earling (Earl) Swanson March 28, 1937. They lived in Woden and Mason City before moving to the family homestead six miles east of Lake Mills, where they farmed together until the late 1950s when they moved to Albert Lea. There Earl was employed at Wilson & Co. and Thelma worked at Streater. At retirement they sold their home in Albert Lea, wintered in south Texas, lived in their motor home and returned to Iowa and Minnesota for the summer months.

The last few years, as her health declined, she stayed year-round near McAllen, Texas, to be closer to her daughter, Bonnie, and lived with her for a year before returning to Lake Mills where she became a resident of Lake Mills Care Center in July 2012.

Survivors include her children David (Joyce) Swanson of Glenville and Bonnie Close of Mission, Texas. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Kathy (Danny) Bakken, Connie (Howard) Honsey, Danny (Kim) Swanson and Lee (Maria) McMillan; along with seven great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Evan and Jane Hagen; husband, Earl Swanson; and all 11 of her brothers and sisters, Elmer Hagen, Lloyd Hagen, John Hagen, Gilman Hagen, Clifford Hagen, Bennie Hagen, Eldon Hagen, Leonard Hagen, Juliette Aarhus, Mabel Lande and Mildred Jensen.

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