Lorraine SwanumLorraine Swanum passed away peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013.
Lorraine Swanum passed away peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013.
Lorraine was born in rural Otter Tail County in September, 1923 to Lancelot and Julia Irons.
She was raised in rural Clearwater County and graduated from Bagley High School in 1941. She had one brother, Vernon, who died of polio in 1937. She married Donald Edward Swanum in August, 1943 and moved to Duluth in 47. She was a 40 year member of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd.
A woman before her time, she was fiercely independent. She worked outside the home the majority of her life, retiring from St. Mary's hospital in 1986 after 28 Years of service. During World War II, at only 19 years old, she managed the Bagley grocery store.
She loved to bowl, play softball, volleyball and was a great dancer. She was a good cook, an even better baker, and seamstress extraordinaire. Lorraine was a lover of all animals, large and small, but was particularly fond of cats, as was her mother. She taught her children the value of hard work, independence, generosity and love.
Her greatest pride and joy in the world were her grandchildren Jody, Joel and Aaron, and great-grandchildren Julia, Veronica, Maryrose and Ashley. To them, she was known as Grandma Rain.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Donald; her parents; brother, Vernon; and her son-in-law, Dennis Engen.
She is survived by her daughter, Julie Engen; son, Vernon (Jan) Swanum; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; grand-dog, Gypsy, and grand-dog, Sweetie, who was a special comfort to her in the last two weeks of her life.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to St. Mary's Hospice Care who helped Lorraine and her family through the last three difficult weeks; and to the entire staff of St. Ann's Senior Residence who watched over her and became her friends through the last six years.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE: 12 Noon, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 in the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1325 N. 45th Ave E.
To leave a memory of Lorraine or words of support please visit our website at www.bellbrothersjarvidowd.com.