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Ione Maxine Swenson

Ione Maxine Swenson

Nov. 10, 1927 - June 24, 2013

SARTELL - Ione Maxine Swenson, 85, of Sartell, formerly of Svea, died Monday, June 24, at The Legends at Heritage Place in Sartell. Her funeral will be 11:00 am, Friday, June 28th at Svea Evangelical Lutheran Church in Svea. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-8 pm, Thursday at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar and continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.

Ione was born on November 10, 1927, in rural Willmar, Kandiyohi County, Minnesota, the daughter of Martin and Julia (Syverson) Anderson. She attended District school before graduating from Willmar High School. Following graduation, she worked as a waitress before being united in marriage to Harley Swenson on October 23, 1946, at Vinje Lutheran Church. They lived in Willmar for a couple of years before moving to his parent’s homestead, south of Willmar, where they farmed. For a number of years, Ione sold the West Central Tribune and Encyclopedias. A couple of years after Harley’s death, Ione moved to St. Cloud to be near her children and grandchildren.

She was a faithful member of Svea Evangelical Lutheran Church. Ione will be remembered for her amazing “genealogy memory,” always being able to tell anyone and everyone who they are related to. She enjoyed visiting and especially enjoyed being part of the Senior Citizens. Ione was the band and dance coordinator for several years and took pride in making sure they always had good bands for people to kick up their heels to and enjoy. Ione enjoyed attending garage sales and her famous caramel rolls will be missed by many.

Surviving are her daughter and son, Marcia Ring and Wayne (and Bonnie) Swenson both of St. Cloud; three grandchildren, Maronda (and Donn) Robertson of Fargo; Jeffrey Swenson of St. Cloud and Scott (and Deidra) Swenson of Stillwater; and two great grandchildren, McKenna Robertson and Adilene Swenson.

Besides her parents and husband, Harley, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Myrtle Binnebose and Olive Vikse, and her grandson, Ryan Ring.

The family would like to thank The Legends at Heritage Place and Heartland Hospice for the wonderful care they gave Ione. Memorials preferred.