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Vivian Schwalbe, 87

Vivian E. Schwalbe, age 87, of Watertown, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015, at the Elim Home in Watertown.

She was born Sept. 14, 1928, in Maple Plain; the daughter of John and Lizzie (Lange) Lemmerman.

Vivian was baptized Oct. 7, 1928, at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Watertown by Rev. K. Rudolph, and confirmed March 29, 1942 at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Watertown by Rev. K. Rudolph.

Vivian was united in marriage May 5, 1948 to Curtis Schwalbe, at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Watertown by Rev. John Spomer.

Vivian was a typical farm wife, helping out wherever she was needed.

She cleaned houses for many years, and was always making sure things were in the right place.

Vivian always had chocolate chip cookies or graham crackers with frosting ready for the grandchildren and great-grandchildren who came to visit. She would never sit down, making sure everyone had what they needed.

Vivian and Curtis treasured the time they spent dancing to old-time music. She enjoyed singing, both at home and as part of the choir at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church for many years.

Vivian was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis; grandson, Chad Lehrke; and parents, John and Lizzie Lemmerman.

She is survived by her loving family: daughters Joan (John II) Martin of Germantown, WI, Donna (Lyle) Lehrke of New Germany, Susan (Doug) Hoese of Watertown, Richard (Diane) Schwalbe of Victoria; grandchildren Rev. Joshua (Katie) Martin, Teacher John III (Christine) Martin, Aaron (Amy) Martin, Rev. Micah (Julie) Martin, Anna (Kenney) White, Leah (Nate) Samuelson, Eve (Rev. Noah) Headrich, Samuel Martin, Anita (Tobias) Buhr, Nona (Jon) Latzig, Audra Lehrke and special friend Jason Hanson, Thomas (Nicole) Hoese, Brian (Sara) Hoese; 34 great-grandchildren; sisters Orla Mueller of Watertown, Myra Graeber of Sartell; brother Ernie (Mary) Lemmerman of Delano; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law Ardes Koehnen of Jordan, Lila Schwalbe of South Dakota, Cal Schwalbe of Wisconsin, Elaine Stahlke of Waconia; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Casket bearers were Rev. Joshua Martin, John Martin, Aaron Martin, Rev. Micah Martin, Samuel Martin, Thomas Hoese, and Brian Hoese.

A funeral service took place Sunday, Dec. 27 at 1 p.m. at Mt. Olive Evangelical Lutheran Church in Delano, with the Rev. Paul Marggraf officiating. Visitation took place one hour prior to the service at church. Interment was at Watertown Public Cemetery.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia.

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