Opal Swanson

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Funeral services for Mrs. Opal Swanson, 72, of Spencer, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 21, 2011, at First English Lutheran Church in Spencer. Rev. Paul Kaldahl will officiate the service.

Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, with the family present from 5-7 p.m. at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.

Interment will take place at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer.

Mrs. Swanson passed away Sunday, April 17, 2011, at home.

Opal Goldie Swanson, the daughter of Charles and Clemenstina (Smith) Simington, was born Nov. 29, 1938, at the family home in Ruthven, Ia. Her childhood years were spent in Ruthven where she received her early education and graduated from High School. While in school, Opal was a four-year letter winner in basketball playing for the Ruthven Ramettes. She was also Homecoming Queen and awarded the Ruthven Citizenship Award.

Opal married James "Jim" Dale Swanson on Oct. 1, 1956, in Sioux Falls, S.D. Following their marriage, they lived in Spencer, where Opal worked at the Spencer Daily Reporter as the mailroom supervisor for over 30 years. Opal was a member of the First English Lutheran Church in Spencer. In her spare time, Opal enjoyed sitting on her patio and she especially loved having her family over to visit.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jim on Aug. 23, 2006; daughter-in-law, Dawn Swanson; and brothers: Dean, Chuck and Jim Simington.

She is survived by her four sons and their wives: Rod and Sandy Swanson of Brainerd, Minn., Randy and Margie Swanson and their boys: Brady, John and Adam of Spencer, Chris and Lori Swanson and their children: Drake and Piper - all of Spencer, Tim and Kelly Swanson and their children: Clayton and Raegen of Emmetsburg; three sisters: Cleo (Roy) Hauge of Milford, Ia., JoAnn Kemp of Laurens, Ia., and Doris (Jerry) Anderson of Spencer; brother, Dan Simington of Creston, Ia.; other relatives and many friends.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.