Marian Swenson – Obit

Marian Swenson, 88, of Fertile, MN passed away peacefully Friday, October 4, 2019, surrounded by her family at Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile.

Marian was born October 7, 1930, on the family farm in Woodside Township, rural Erskine to Oscar and Theresa Larson.

Marian had nine siblings: Betty, Gene, Angeline, Marie, David, Ordine, Earl, Lowell, and Shirley.  Marian attended a country school in rural Erskine.

As well as working on the family farm, Marian worked for Berg’s farms during the potato harvest and as a waitress at the Red Apple Café in Mahnomen.

In July of 1949, while attending the Polk County Fair, Marian met the love of her life, Clinton Swenson.  They were married six months later on December 18, 1949, at the parsonage in Erskine.  They had been married over 63 years when Clinton passed away on August 29, 2013.

Marian and Clinton lived on a dairy farm raising their family.  The moved to Fertile after retiring.  They were life-long members of St. John’s Lutheran Church rural Fertile until its closing.  She was currently a member of Concordia.

Marian and Clinton traveled to several states over the years including North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Vermont.

Marian loved caring, cooking, baking and sewing for her family.  She also made homemade donuts for Bergeson Nursery for several years.  Her homemade buns were baked once a week and were to die for!

Marian loved making baby quilts for all the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as for many baby gifts.  Her quilts were all embroidered and stitched with love.

Marian enjoyed word find games, reading, card games, and bingo.

Marian and Clinton were blessed with four children: Linda (Leland) Raaen, Loretta (Mike) Hitchen, Philip (Mary) Swenson, and Monica (Larry) Wieers.

Marian is survived by her children, her 11 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren that lovingly call her “Cookie Gandma”.  Marian always had cookies or treats for them when they came to visit.  Her grandchildren are Lynae, Loren, Chad, Stacy, Matthew, Nicholas, Eric, Nathan, Breanne, Brandon, and Brittany.  Great-grandchildren are Maren, Caleb, Alex, Jaret, Caitlyn, Hunter, Kimberly, Katrina, Ryan, Michael, Tyler, Tysen, Mackenzie, Kaylee, Kora, Brylee, Carsyn, Olive, Bergan, Carter, Logan, Adeline, Christian, Blake, Kate and Hattie; and her brother David (Bonnie) Larson and sister Shirley Bormes.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Clinton, siblings: Gene, Marie, Angeline, Ordine, Earl, Lowell, and Betty.

We are all so blessed to call her our Mother, Grandma, Great-grandma or friend.

Funeral Service: 11:00 AM, Thursday, October 10, 2019, at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN
Visitation:  Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 5-7 pm, with a 7:00 prayer service at Concordia Church and one hour before the service.
Burial:  St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, rural Fertile.
Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN 218-945-6141