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Janet Swenson, 80

Janet C. Swenson, age 80, of Delano, formerly of Madison, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021, at the Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.

Janet Charlene Husemoen was born Jan. 6, 1941, in Spring Grove, MN, the daughter of Christian and Violet (Skifton) Husemoen.

Jan grew up on a farm in southeastern Minnesota.  She was a self-described tomboy who loved climbing trees and spending time outdoors enjoying the beauty of God’s creation.  It was on the farm where she developed the core values that shaped her life –the importance of faith and family, a strong work ethic, and an independent spirit that was capable of overcoming any challenge, on her terms.

Jan attended nursing school in the Twin Cities, and it was there that she met the love of her life.  They were married Sept. 1, 1963, and spent the next 58 years devoted to each other.  Not only did they love each other deeply, they truly enjoyed each other’s company.  Together, they built a wonderful life, filled with life-long friendships, traveling, playing bridge, golfing, and enjoying numerous sunsets at their lake cabin.

Jan dedicated her personal and professional life to caring for others.  As a registered nurse, she worked tirelessly to care for the sick and the elderly. 

She was a strong advocate for her community, and ended her career working in public health, visiting patients and new mothers in their homes, providing reassurance, guidance, and expert advice. 

As the CEO and master scheduler of the Swenson home, she raised three amazing sons, choosing to leave her career during their formative years to be a full-time wife and mother.  She relished this role above all others and in addition to the unglorified tasks of cooking, cleaning, and ironing for a house full of men, she served as their confidant, counselor, cheerleader, disciplinarian, chore master, and event planner to create a home that was filled with love.

Her pride and joy in her sons could only be eclipsed by the pride and joy she felt toward her grandchildren.  She delighted in spending time with them – snuggling on the couch, teaching them to garden or bake, reading countless stories over the years, serving as lifeguard at the lake, or beating them mercilessly at Scrabble. 

As they grew older, she could often be found in the audience at their concerts, performances, recitals, meets or games, beaming with pride and joy.  Her love for them knew no limit.  

She also taught them the importance of family traditions.  Whether it was lutefisk at Christmas, brats and burgers on the 4th of July, or a delicious carrot cake to celebrate a birthday, she made sure to make each occasion special, creating a legacy that will last for generations.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents, Christian and Violet Husemoen; and sister, Alene Reed.

Janet is survived by her loving family: husband, Roger; sons, Brett (Amy) Swenson, Brad (Teresa) Swenson, Blake (Sara) Swenson; grandchildren, Haley, Anika, Maximus, William, Elizabeth, Sam and Kate; brother, Vernon (Barb) Husemoen; sister, Linda Husemoen; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Donald (Christina) Swenson, Phyllis Sachs; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A memorial service took place Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2060 Co. Rd. 6 in Long Lake, with Rev. Ann Fenlason as officiant. 

A gathering of family and friends took place one hour prior to the service at church Wednesday.

Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia. 952-442-2121 www.johnsonfh.com.

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