Lorraine D. Swenson dies at 87

Lorraine D. Swenson, age 87, of Alta Vista, passed away on April 14, 2017 at Colonial Manor in Elma.Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 17, 2017 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma.  Burial will be in Union Cemetery in Alta Vista.Visitation was held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 16, 2017 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Monday.  Online condolences for Lorraine’s family may be left at www.conway-markhamfh.com.  Memorials may be directed to the family or Colonial Manor in Elma.Lorraine Dorothy was born October 19, 1928 near Alta Vista, the daughter of William and Bertha (Momberg) Joachim.  She was a 1947 graduate of Alta Vista High School.  Lorraine was united in marriage to A. Donald Swenson on June 2, 1948 at Zion Lutheran Church in Alta Vista.  In addition to the normal Iowa farm life, Lorraine tended a large garden and enjoyed cooking and baking with her friends, family, and attending many other volunteer events for the church and community.  She enjoyed playing cards with family and putting puzzles together as well as reading and playing Bingo in her leisure time.  She worked as the secretary at the Alta Vista Elementary School for over 20 years and then at the New Hampton High School until her retirement.  She was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church for her entire life.  She served as the voluntary community representative for Lutheran Brotherhood and Thrivent charities for many years.  She also enjoyed being an adult leader for the local Charming Cherries youth 4-H club for many years.Lorraine is survived by her husband of 68 years, Donald Swenson of Alta Vista; her daughters, Ruth (Wilbur) Woods of Bucyrus, Mo. and Doris (Roger) Swanson of Canton, MI; her son, Glenn (Karna) Swenson of Minneapolis, Minn; 12 grandchildren, Daniel (Emily) Woods, Michael Woods, Jeffrey (Janice) Baygents, Denise (Jason) Barnett, Christopher (Christine) Swanson, Carrie (Michael Fergerson) Swanson, Casey (Amanda) Swanson, Scott (Amanda) Swenson, Matthew (Caitlyn) Swenson, Dade (Emily Snavely) Colberg, Ian McBrayer, Ellis McBrayer; 11 great-grandchildren, Alexandria, Charles, Abbey, Cody, Kyleigh, Carter, Eli, Ashley, Bennett, Andrew and Hailey; one brother, Kenneth Joachim of West Union, IA and numerous nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Oval and Charles Joachim.

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