ELEANORE BERTHA SWEDMAN WRENEleanore Bertha Swedman Wren, 89, passed away at St. Luke's Hospital on April 18, 2013, with her family by her side.
Eleanore Bertha Swedman Wren, 89, passed away at St. Luke's Hospital on April 18, 2013, with her family by her side.
Eleanore was born in Parkville, Minn., on Oct. 20, 1923, the youngest of four children born to Alma (Tuorila) and Eric John Swedman.
She attended grade school in Parkville, graduating from Mountain Iron High School. She then went into the Cadet Corp, receiving her license and becoming a Registered Nurse in 1943. She worked part time as a waitress, and after receiving her degree, she worked part/full time in nursing, at one time being the youngest nurse supervisor at a large Minneapolis hospital. She also worked at the Sister Kinney Institute, and was honored to have worked with Sister Kinney herself. When they moved to Duluth in 1966 she became a nursing instructor at St. Luke's School of Nursing, retiring in 1987.
Eleanore married James Wesley Wren on Nov. 6, 1943. Jim was in the Marines and they traveled all over the United States. They had three sons.
She, and other Marine wives, heard of the desperate need for clothing in Korea and started a very successful clothing drive for them while Jim was serving in the Korean War.
Eleanore had strong faith and was always very involved with her church, teaching Sunday School for many years, very involved with prayer chains, and a member of the Naomi Circle, always willing to help with anything that needed to be done. She loved spending time with her family, traveling, singing, getting together with friends and made beautiful ceramic pieces.
Eleanore and Jim had dreamed of owning a cabin some day and in 1971 their dream came true; for over 40 years, the cabin she and Jim built on Lake Vermilion, was the fulfillment of their dream.
She is forever immortalized at the Veterans Memorial in Virginia, Minn., where many veterans and women who served, were painted on the side of the Veterans Memorial Building.
Eleanore was preceded in death by her parents; husband James; and sisters Lillian Kishel, Evelyn Johnson, Florence Bryers.
She is survived by three sons, James (Sue) Wren, Stacy, Minn., Jan (Peggy) Wren, Duluth, and Brian (Elisa) Wren, Cotton, Minn.; eight grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and one sister-in-law, Deanne Fischer, Brooklyn Park, Minn.
Many thanks to Westwood for providing a wonderful home for Eleanore for the past eight years.
Also, many thanks to Dr. Gilbertson and St. Luke's Hospitals' Palliative Care Unit, for their excellent care, compassion, and communication while Eleanore was there.
VISITATION: 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. memorial service on Saturday, July 27, 2013, in First United Methodist Church, 230 E Skyline Parkway, Duluth, MN. Inurnment will be at Eveleth Cemetery, Eveleth, Minn., at a later date.
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