Marilyn Joann Swanson (wife of Kenneth Swanson), age 76, of Lake Jennie, died Monday, April 3, 2017, at the Cokato Manor.
She was born April 11, 1940, in Oneida, IL, the daughter of Royal and Mabel (Decker) Campbell.
Marilyn graduated from the Galesburg High School in 1958, and then attended North Park College in Chicago, IL. At the age of 55, she continued her education and received her bachelor of arts degree from Concordia College in St. Paul.
Marilyn was baptized in 1952, in the Methodist faith, and was a member of the Lake Jennie Evangelical Covenant Church, rural Dassel, at the time of her death. She had served as a short-term missionary in Japan for the Evangelical Covenant Church.
Marilyn taught Sunday school, was a Sunday school mentor, was an immigrant mentor, and had been an active member of the Lake Jennie church ladies’ organization, as well as serving on most of the church boards. In addition, she volunteered to serve for many church meals and other church activities.
Marilyn was united in marriage to Kenneth Swanson May 26, 1973, at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel. The couple made their home in the Lake Jennie area.
Marilyn was employed by the City of Hutchinson as an administrative secretary.
She enjoyed traveling, and had visited Japan, Scandinavia, Egypt, Jerusalem and other areas in Israel, and Jordan.
An avid reader, Marilyn could often be found enjoying a good book. She loved to do crafts in her spare time, and had knitted many items over the years.
She had also served on the Collinwood Township Board for many years.
Marilyn is survived by her husband, Kenneth Swanson of Dassel; sisters Betty (Ray) Samundsen of Batavia, IL, and Lou Hopping of Galesburg, IL; brother-in-law Jim Frakes of Galesburg, IL; sister-in-law Jane Krueger of Maple Grove; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Royal and Mabel Campbell; three sisters, Belva Cooper, Cleo Frakes, and Shirley Carter; and one brother, Lindy Campbell.
Her funeral service took place Saturday, April 8 at 2:30 p.m. at the Lake Jennie Evangelical Covenant Church, rural Dassel, with the Rev. Douglas Pierce officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery following the service.
There was visitation Friday evening, April 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, and continuing Saturday, one hour prior to the service.
The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.