Charles Swendiman

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 14, 2008

Charles Hansen Swendiman, 75, of rural Austin died at Austin Medical Center on June 8, 2008.
Charles was born July 1, 1932, in Dodge Center to Monroe and Emma (Hansen) Swendiman. He grew up in the Dexter area and graduated from Grand Meadow High School in 1950. Charles married Helen Marquardt on Sept. 3, 1961, at Grace Lutheran Church in Dodge Center. He spent most of his life farming in the Dexter and Brownsdale area. He was employed at the 76 Truckstop for many years and was last employed at Brownsdale meat service. He belonged to St. John’s Lutheran church in rural Sargeant and later Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Austin. He enjoyed many happy hours of playing on the farm with his nieces, nephews, daughters and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Helen Swendiman, Austin; four daughters, Rebecca (Doug) Farrell, Austin, Sarah (Scott) Prunty, Lake St. Croix Beach, Nita (Davidjay) Bentley, Austin and Beth (Ron) Kalliokoski, Austin; eleven grandchildren, Amanda, Ben and Tim Farrell; Abrielle and Levi Prunty; Jacob, Caleb, Jordan and Eliana Bentley; Angela and Faith Kalliokoski; three sisters, Ruth Hovden, Minneapolis, Minn., Eileen (Lloyd) Knutson, Lake Geneva, Wis., Barbara (Robert) Anderson, East Lansing, Michigan; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law and other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother, Monroe and 3 brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, June 12, 2008, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church with Rev. William Natzke, officiating. Interment will follow the service in Greenwood Cemetery near Brownsdale, Minnesota. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 11th at the Worlein Funeral Home and for one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.

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