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June M. Sward June 7, 1925 - July 3, 2009

BELVIEW -- June Mary Sward, 84, of rural Belview, died Friday at Redwood Falls Hospital.

The service will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Grace Lutheran Church in Belview, followed by burial in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church and for one hour before the service. Arrangements are with Sunset Funeral and Cremation Association of Echo and Wabasso.

She was born June 7, 1925, in Redwood Falls to William and Mary (Jackson) Von Mosch. She attended Redwood Falls Public Schools. After high school, she worked in the telephone office and the turkey plant in Redwood Falls.

She married Melvin O. Hansen in 1943. They later divorced.

On June 10, 1962, she married Kenneth Sward in Iowa. They lived and farmed in the Redwood Falls area until moving to their home in Sioux Agency Township, Yellow Medicine County. She worked as a waitress for many years at the Jolly Mill, the Mint Café and at the Parkway in Redwood Falls. She worked 18 years at the Redwood Beet Station of the Crystal Sugar Cooperative, 20 years for Redwood County Public Health and for a number of years at the Belview School and the Parkview Nursing Home.

She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and the ladies aid and she taught Sunday school in her younger years. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the DAV Auxiliary.

She is survived by her husband; children, Michael (and Jean) Hansen of Westin, Fla., Stanley (and significant other, Wendy) Hansen of Redwood Falls, Mark (and Raynette) Hansen of Franklin, Gayle Robinson of St. Peter, Debra Butler of Thief River Falls and Kim Sward of Mankato; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son: Steven in infancy; six brothers; and two sisters.