Viking – Lucy Irene Swenson of Viking, died peacefully at Oakland Park nursing home on Sunday, November 13th at the age of 88 years.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Thief River Falls, with Father Rick Lambert presiding. Interment will follow at the Viking Cemetery, Viking. Visitation will be held from noon until 1:30 p.m. on Thursday at St. Bernard’s.
There will be a “Remembering Lucy” open house and lunch at the Viking Diner in Viking, on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Lucy Irene Przekwas Swenson was born on December 18th, 1927 on the family farm near Florian, Minnesota to Micheal Marion and Isabell Nepomucena (Smolkowski) Przekwas. She was baptized and later confirmed in the Catholic faith at Assumption Church in Florian, Minnesota. She attended country school for 8 years, and then attended the Northwest School of Agriculture in Crookston, Minnesota, graduating in 1944. She moved to Argyle with her parents in 1944.
After graduation Lucy worked as a telephone operator in Kennedy, Minnesota. While working in Kennedy she met Harvey Swenson, and they were married on April 6th, 1948 at the parsonage in Argyle. To this union five children were born: twins Charles and Charlotte, Cheryl, Micheal and Debbie.
In the fall of 1948, they moved to Seattle, Wash., where Harvey worked at the Boeing plant, and in the spring of 1949 they moved back to Greenbush, where Harvey worked for the John Deere dealer, and Lucy gave birth to the twins, beginning her life long career as a home maker.
In the spring of 1952, the family moved to Auburn, ND to work on the Harry and Luther Lyken Farm. In addition to taking care of the growing family, Lucy also picked potatoes, worked on the potato picker, and hoed sugar beets. She also worked at the Borden factory in Grafton for a couple of years. In 1963 the family moved to Viking where she helped milk dairy cows. In 1966 they moved to a farm south of Viking where they had a grain and dairy farm, which her son Chuck and his wife Layne eventually purchased from them.
In 1976 they sold the cows and spent the next 25 winters in Mesa, AZ. In 2010 they moved to Oakland Park. Lucy enjoyed crocheting and made afghans for every grandchild for their graduation, and for many babies. She was active in the Eagles Auxiliary, and the VFW Auxiliary. She has been a member of St. Bernard’s parish since 1963. She also enjoyed gardening, working puzzles and playing cards. She had a quick wit and always had a comeback right up to the end.
Survivors include her five children: Chuck (Layne) Swenson of Viking, Charlotte (Randy) Cooper of Hastings, Cheryl (Jerome) Peters of Viking, Micheal (Linda) Swenson of St. Paul, and Debbie (Tom) Meyer of Avoca, NE; grandchildren, Brian (Alisa) Swenson, Kerri (Alan) Underwood, Robbie (Marie) Swenson, Christopher Bjorgaard, Cheri (Luther) Newton, Erick (Jenny) Bjorgaard, Kimberly Peters, John (Jen) Peters, Micheal (Kim) Swenson, Emily Kampa, Kristi Bergeron, Teri Bergeron, Tony Bergeron; 19 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Clyde (Beverly) Swenson of Newfolden and many other relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by Harvey, her husband for 64 years, her parents; her brothers, Martin and Lawrence Prezekwas and her sisters, Sophie Sczepanski, Pauline Przekwas, Theresa Nowacki, Mary Springer, Angeline Nowacki, and Josephine Przekwas.