Barbara J. Swenson

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Barbara J. Swenson, 61, Eden Prairie, Minn., formerly of Finley, N.D., passed away at her home on Monday, Dec. 1, 2008.

Barb's Funeral Service was held at Sheyenne Valley Lutheran Church, rural Finley, N.D., on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008. Interment took place in the church cemetery.

Barb was born on Nov. 7, 1947 in Spencer, the daughter of Irma (DeKoster) and Robert Parks of West Lake Okoboji, Wahpeton. She attended school in Spencer and graduated from Milford High School in May 1966. She married Gary Olson on Feb. 19, 1971, living in Cooperstown, N.D. and moved to rural Finley where she was a farm wife, active in her community, being involved in church, Jayceettes, and attending all of the events of her two children, Bryan and Heidi.

She returned to school at Mayville State University and was employed at the Steele County Courthouse working in the Auditors office and as Tax Director. She was also employed at the Steele County Press utilizing her exemplary writing talent. She was currently employed by Chartwell Capital Solutions in Minneapolis, Minn.

She married Kenneth "Butch" Swenson on May 17, 1996 at Sheyenne Valley Church, Finley, N.D.

She was preceded in death by her husband, "Butch"; mother; father; and other relatives.

Barbara is survived by her son, Bryan Olson and wife, Tammy of Dent, Minn.; daughters: Heidi Heinen and husband, Paul of Casselton, N.D., and Christi Ross and husband, Keith of Titusville, Fla.; nine grandchildren; sister, Penny Andrishok and husband, Emerson of West Branch; and sister-in-law, Cathy Swenson of McVille, N.D.