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Eilene Viola Swensen
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Eilene Viola Swensen, age 96, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at Avera Yankton Care Center.

Funeral services are 2:00 PM, on Monday, September 29, 2014 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Reverend David Wildermuth officiating. Burial will be at the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, on Sunday, September 28 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7:00 PM. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the funeral.

Pallbearers are Cleo Anderson, Ivan Anderson, Jay Erickson, Robin Haffey, Randy Svendsen and Dennis Wolfe. Honorary pallbearers are Maja Erickson, Autumn Erickson, Olivia Haffey, Craig, Jerry and Christian Swensen.

Eilene was born September 12, 1918 in Freeman, South Dakota to Alfred and Lizzie (Wenzlaff) Johnson. She married Luvern Swensen on June 30, 1939 in Yankton. After their marriage, they purchased the farm north of Mission Hill which was originally homesteaded by Luvern's father. Together they farmed and raised cattle, hogs and chickens. Eilene enjoyed working in her large garden and selling the produce on the farmer's market. For many years, she also cleaned houses and several business including the Yankton Medical Clinic and Wilcockson Eye Associates. Eilene and Luvern were members of Trinity Lutheran Church, the Moose Lodge and the Antique Auto Association where they drove their Model A in many parades. She enjoyed traveling and especially treasured the trips with her daughter to Norway, Denmark, Sweden and New York City. Eilene also loved dancing, baking, playing cards and visiting with her neighbors and friends. She was a resident at Avera Yankton Care Center for the last 10 years. Her family is very grateful for the phenomenal kind and loving care given to her.

Eilene is survived by three children: Marilyn Cragun of Yankton, Gary (Debbie) Swensen of Yankton and Robin (Leo) Haffey of Nashville, TN; six grandchildren: Jay (Nancy) Erickson, Autumn Erickson, Craig (Kristen) Swensen, Jerry (Angela) Swensen, Christian Swensen and Olivia Renae Haffey; four great grandchildren; and a brother, Roy (Lois) Anderson of Yankton.

Eilene was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Luvern on March 27, 1987; brother, Ray Anderson and sister, Lillian Westergaard.






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My sympathy and prayers to Eilene's family. While working at Yankton Care Center, I got to know Eilene. She was a very sweet lady.

Jill Perk


My sincere condolences to the family of Eilene Viola Swensen. May you find comfort in your loving memories, and in God's promise to soon "swallow up death forever" and "wipe away the tears from all faces." (Isaiah 25;8)

With deepest sympathy


A very special lady!!!!

Lynette Snoozy Jones


My sympathy to Aunt Eilene family,

I have so many memories at the farm house by Misson Hill, I remember when we would stop by to see Eilene, mom and Eilene would visit and so many family gatherings at the farm. Love and miss you Eilene. Mary

Mary (Anderson) Hendrickson


So sorry Gary to read about your Mom. She was such a sweet lady. When I was back to Yankton in 07 I saw Randy's mom and she told me your mom was in care center. Dealt with similar with my parents. Hope to see ya and Deb at 50 year high school reunion!!!

Lynette Snoozy


Marilyn, Gary & Robin....

You have my deepest sympathy in the loss of your Mother. She was always a FUN and LOVING lady. I hadn't seen Eilene since my grade school and high school years (with my friend (Marilyn). WOW 96 years! What a woman. May God Bless and Keep each of you. John 3:16.

Mary (Hanson) Main


Your Mom was a small lady with a Big heart and deep trust in God. Now she's up there smiling at us!!!!

Lynette Snoozy


Gary and family,

we are so sorry to read of your mom's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Don & Lynette Simonsen


Gary and family

Nancy and I are truly sadden to hear that your mom passed. Our Prayers are with you and your family. I remember visiting at your parents home with much pleasure.

God Bless

Lynn Petersen


Please accept our condolences on the passing of your mother.

She was a very special person and we will all miss her. We enjoyed visiting your family over the years. She was always a gracious hostess. Again our condolences on the passing of your mother.

Arde and Bob Petersen


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