Violet Swanson of West Akron, South Dakota, passed away Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at her home.
Services will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 17, 2013 at Union Creek Lutheran Church, rural Akron with Pastor Carla Nelson officiating. Interment will follow at the church cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be from 1:00 p.m. until service time at the church Monday afternoon. Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are with the Carlsen Funeral Home-Schroeder Chapel of Akron.
Pallbearers will be Jared Swanson, Ryan Reed, Wade Reed, Greg Swanson, Clint Haage, Billy Fiksdale, Kimberly Zacharias, and Amanda Christensen. Honorary casket bearers will be her great grandchildren.
Violet Vivian Anderson was born January 14, 1919, on the family farm near Beresford, South Dakota, to Edward and Alfhild (Hjemdahl) Anderson. Violet was baptized and confirmed at Roseni Lutheran Church. She attended country school at North Spink school near her home. Violet was united in marriage to Leonard Swanson on October 5, 1940 at her parents home. Violet and Leonard farmed in Sioux Valley Township for many years. Violet and Leonard were blessed with 5 children, Verdell, Vivian, Eugene, Linette, and Venita. Violet assisted Leonard on the farm as well as tending to the family garden and canning much of the vegetables to enjoy throughout the year. She also enjoyed going to dances and jig-saw puzzles.
She belonged to Union Creek Lutheran Church for over 70 years. She enjoyed Bible studies and circle. Her greatest joy in life was her family. She loved the holiday gatherings with her children and grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband of 72 years, Leonard; 5 children, Verdell Swanson and his wife Donna of Alcester, SD, Vivian Haage and her husband Robert of Springfield, SD, Eugene Swanson and his friend Cindy of Akron, Linette Reed and her husband Richard of Sioux City, and Venita Fiksdale and her husband Bill of Merrill, IA; 20 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren; 4 sisters, Fern Svatos of Omaha, NE, Esther Girard of Elk Point, SD, Frances Granger of Webster, Wisconsin, and Wilma Strand and her husband Carroll of Elk Point, SD; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Alfhild (Hjemdahl) Anderson; and several brothers and sisters. ©