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Ann Louise Swenson, 91, of Soldier, Iowa passed away peacefully Thursday, May 23, 2019 at her home.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at the Soldier Lutheran Country Church (South Church), rural Soldier, Iowa with Pastor Marsha Smith officiating. Burial will follow at the Soldier Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be 9:00 A.M. until funeral service time Tuesday. Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Family Care Service, Onawa, Iowa.
Ann Louise was born July 9, 1927 in Moorhead, Iowa the daughter of Theodore “Ted” and Luella (Pardy) Lee. She was raised on her family farm near Castana, Iowa and graduated from Castana Consolidated School.
On February 10, 1951, Ann married Howard Maynard Swenson at the Soldier Lutheran Church. They made their home in Soldier after living in California for a short time. On March 18, 1957 they welcomed son Kevin, her pride and joy. Ann worked for Mutual of Omaha before she and Maynard owned and operated the Swenson Farm Center in Soldier, Iowa for twenty years.
Ann was an involved member of the Soldier Lutheran Church. She served on several volunteer boards in the community including the Soldier Centennial Committee. She was also a member of the Solider Legion Auxiliary and Ladies’ Aid.
Ann was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother and was immensely proud of her family. Throughout her life her favorite moments were shared with her loved ones. She leaves behind beautiful memories, many of which were made during family get-togethers, vacationing in Okoboji, and family reunions. Ann’s love for her family was a remarkable gift she shared with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved kids. Ann also greatly enjoyed good conversation and was known to make time for everyone she met.
Survivors include her son and his wife, Kevin and Joni Swenson of Soldier, Iowa; three grandchildren, Dana Renee’ (Michael) Heistand of Dunlap, Iowa; Kelly Maynard (Teri) Swenson of Johnston, Iowa, and Kyle Theodore (Mackenzi) Swenson of Bondurant, Iowa; her great-grandchildren, Giada and Thomas Heistand of Dunlap, Iowa and Connor, Evan, Griffin, Isla, and Hadley Swenson of Johnston, Iowa and Oliver, Waylon, and Remi Swenson of Bondurant, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Swenson of Soldier, Iowa and LaVerta Lee of Soldier, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ted and Luella Lee; husband, Maynard Swenson on February 19, 2002; brothers, Kenny Lee and Norman Lee, sister-in-law, June Lee; sister, Juanita Burke, brother-in-law, Ronnie Burke; brothers-in-law, Clayton Swenson and Gordon Swenson, sister-in-law, Jackie Swenson; and nephew, Jeff Swenson.
Condolences may be left online for the family at www.rushfamilycareservice.com