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Ruth Swenson, 84

Ruth Swenson, 84 of Karlstad, Minnesota passed away at her home on
Sunday, March 11, 2012.  Ruth Victoria Lundquist was born to Magnus
and Lydia (Olson)  Lundquist  on July 30, 1927 in Lind Township of
Roseau County, Minnesota.  Ruth graduated from Karlstad High School
in 1944 and went on to attend Bethel College.  In 1947 she was united
in marriage to Lester Henry at Weymouth, Massachusetts.  Ruth worked
at several Karlstad businesses including Arctic Cat and the Karlstad
Restaurant.  On December 19, 1964 she was united in marriage to
Russell Swenson at the Eidsvold Lutheran Church in Halma, Minnesota.
The couple lived in Halma for a couple years before moving to the
farm in Jupiter Township.  They moved to Karlstad in July of 2010.
Ruth was a member of Eidsvold Lutheran Church, longtime WELCA
President and former church council member and Deacon.  Ruth enjoyed
spending time with family, quilting and was designated a Master
Gardener through the Minnesota Extension Service.
    Family members include her husband, Russell; children, David (Nancy)
Henry, St. Charles, IL, Dianne (Kent) Johnson, Eagen, MN, Patricia
(Gayle) Field, Stephen, MN, Tammy (Todd) Swenson-Lepper, Winona, MN
and R. Jon (Jenica) Swenson, Lake Bronson, MN; grandchildren, Eric
Henry, Kent Johnson, Kelly Hudson, Garrett Johnson, Melissa Johnson,
Tiffany Taylor, Tishara Melcher, Christine Jones, Hannah Lepper,
Rachel Lepper, Sierra Swenson, Brita Swenson, Braxton Swenson and
Bradyn Swenson; 23 great grandchildren; a great great grandchild; and
a sister, Eunice (Russell) Hams, Red Lake Falls, MN.  She was
preceded in death by her parents; a son in law, Jack Oistad; two
grandchildren, Kristi Johnson and Matthew Johnson; a sister, Marjory
“Luella” Ames; and brothers, Martin, Clifford, Reuben, Oscar, Milton,
Kenneth and Donald.
    Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, March 16th, 2012 at 10:00
a.m. in the Eidsvold Lutheran Church at Halma, Minnesota.  Interment
will be in East Emmaus Cemetery.  Rev. Gary Halverson, presiding;
Kirstin Olson, organist and Ron Fossell, soloist.  Honorary casket
bearers will be Ruth’s grandchildren.   Visitation will be held on
Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.
in the Austin Funeral Chapel at Hallock

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