Jane (Parks) Swanson, age 84, of Hutchinson, formerly of Buffalo, passed away Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, at Harmony River in Hutchinson.
She was born Jan. 28, 1932, in Osage, MN, to Clarence and Ethel (Clemons) Parks. Her mother passed away when she was 10 years old, and Jane started working at the age of 12 as a waitress.
She loved to drive, and the one job she held that she enjoyed the most was driving mail truck from Minneapolis to Willmar, and then Minneapolis to Litchfield twice a day for eight years.
She raised six children on her own, and was truly so proud of all of them. She taught them about God through reading and telling stories from the Bible.
Jane bought and drove a motorcycle when she was in her 50s. She enjoyed living in Buffalo, and going to the lake to watch the birds and the beautiful sunsets. By the lake is where she also wrote poetry.
Jane instilled the importance of family to her children, and they were a very close family.
Jane was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Ethel; husband, Sonny; daughter, Penny; 11 brothers and sisters; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
She is survived by her children, Edward Dorsey of Roseville, Meda “Mickie” (John) Moy, Nora Dorsey, all of Dassel, Kevin (Linda) Dorsey of Buffalo, and Frank Dorsey of Hutchinson; grandchildren, Angela (Jack) Adams, Heather Moy, Kyle Pawlicki, Curtis Moy, Amanda Moy, BethAnn Wanous, Lane Wanous, David Dorsey, Thomas Dorsey, Gary Marsyla, and Erin Marsyla; and numerous great-grandchildren.
Jane’s funeral service took place Sunday, March 6 at 1 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Private interment was at Riverside Cemetery in Osage, MN.