The visitation for Evenly for Monday, March 5th has been cancelled due to inclement weather. There will still be visitation tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.
Evelyn Swenson, age 91, of Glenwood, MN, died unexpectedly at her home on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 6th, at Glenwood Lutheran Church, with Rev. Krista Lee and Rev. Randy Chrissis officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Monday at the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home with an Eastern Star service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation resume on Tuesday at the church, one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Glenwood Lutheran Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home of Glenwood.
Evelyn Helen Brandanger, daughter of Edward and Helga (Johnson) Brandanger, was born on December 30, 1926 on the family farm near Terrace. She grew up there along with her two brothers, Palmer and Elmer, and her sister, Hazel. They were members at Chippewa Falls Lutheran Church. Evelyn and her siblings attended country school in Terrace and high school in Glenwood. Because there wasn’t bussing in those days, Evelyn and her cousin, along with some other girls, rented an upstairs apartment next to the current bait shop in Glenwood, in order to be able to attend high school. Evelyn was a graduate of the Class of 1945. Following high school, she worked various jobs in and around Glenwood. It was during this time that she met her future husband, Stanley Swenson, at Lakeside Ballroom. On May 10, 1946, the two were united in marriage at Chippewa Falls Lutheran Church. They made their home on his family farm three miles south of Glenwood. Their marriage was blessed with three daughters, Janet, Donna, and Marjory, and one son, Donald. Evelyn and Stanley shared 54 years of marriage before his death in 2002.
Like most farm women of her day, Evelyn raised a large garden to help feed her family. She helped with farm chores, canned fruits and vegetables, sewed, quilted, crocheted, and knitted. She loved to read, bake sweets, and tend her flower garden. Evelyn was very social and loved to be around people. Her family remembers her as the first to arrive at any event and the last to leave.
Evelyn was a longtime member of Glenwood Lutheran Church, where she was active in the ladies aid. She was a member of the Homemakers club, a 4-H leader when her children were young, and worked the “open class” building at the Pope County Fair for years. She was a member of the Friendly Get-Together Club, the Eastern Star, Sons of Norway, and the American Legion Auxiliary.
Evelyn will be remembered as a helpful and caring wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She passed away at her apartment in Ridgewood Villa, just down the block from her high school apartment, on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at the age of 91. She had come full circle. May her memory be blessed.
Evelyn is survived by her children, Janet (Phil) Beto of Minneapolis, Donna (Doug) Bogie of Farwell, Marjory (Curtis) Danielson of Farwell, and Donald (Janice) of Glenwood; 11 grandchildren, Jennifer and Jackie (Aaron) Swenson, Denise (Mike) Murken, Darren (Michelle), Dustin (Lacy), Dillion (Stephanie) Danielson, Jody (Ernie) Delli-Santi, Curtis Danielson, Barney, Emily (Derek), and Cindy Swenson; 11 great-grandchildren, Kaya Eklund, Chelsey (Bryan), Dahlea, and McKenzie Berg, Cody, Elizabeth, and Leslie Murken, Hunter and Madison Danielson, Joseph Delli-Santi, Aria Johnson; four step-grandchildren, Hope (Mike) Johnson, Travis (Michele) Beto, Sara (Matt) Meyer, and Justin (Teresa) Bogie; and seven step-great grandchildren, Alex Holmes, Frankie and Henry Beto, Caryssa and Ashton Lilly, Holly Meyer, and Adesyn Bogie.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Helga Brandanger; her husband, Stanley in 2002; two brothers, Palmer and Elmer; and a sister, Hazel McDougle.