Alfred O. Swenson

alfred swenson
Alfred O. Swenson, age 91 of Osage, IA, formerly of rural Lawler died Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at Faith Lutheran Home in Osage with family by his side. Alfred Oliver Swenson was born January 3, 1921, in Calmar, Iowa, to Adolph and Molla (Njus) Swenson. He attended country school near Lawler and graduated in 1942 from New Hampton High School. Al enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served his country during World War II as a B-26 bomber pilot. He married Virginia Farrell on August 19, 1946, in Iowa City. Al graduated from the University of Iowa in 1949 with a master’s degree. He then taught social studies at Brooklyn, Iowa, until 1955 when they moved to Osage. He was the principal at Osage High School until his retirement in 1983. Al also was principal at Sacred Heart School from 1990 until 1994. He was active in school, church and community activities. Al enjoyed golf, playing cards, reading, gardening, visiting, music and dancing. He dearly loved his grandchildren. Al is survived by his wife, Virginia Swenson of Osage; his children, Kris (Ron) Markham of New Hampton, Molly (Patrick) Gould of Middleton, Wisconsin; grandchildren, Jared (Mindy) Markham of New Hampton, Liz Markham of New Hampton, Anna Gould of Washington, DC, Pat (Jenny) Gould, Valencia, California; great–grandchildren, Sidney, Madison and Griffin;brothers, Carl Swenson of St. Francis, Kansas, Don (Lorraine) Swenson of Alta Vista,Joe (Barbara) Swenson of Pecos, Texas; sister-in-law, Bernice Swenson of Columbia, Missouri;and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents;and his brother, Harold. Cemetery: Burial will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Osage. Military honors will be provided by the Osage American Legion Post 278. The family suggests that memorials be directed to Hospice of North Iowa or the Osage Education Foundation for scholarships. at the Sacred Heart Gymnasium in Osage with a Knights of Columbus rosary at 4:30 p.m. Visitation will continue in the gymnasium one hour prior to the funeral mass on Monday. Those attending the visitation are asked to enter the gymnasium using the south entrance. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Osage with Father Jack McClure, CPPS,celebrating.

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  1. Grandpa was one of the most amazing people I had the honor of knowing, loving, and to be loved by. He will be missed until our last breaths.

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. He lived a good life, but it’s still hard to say goodbye.

  3. Kris and family ~~ We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. It is never easy to lose a loved one. Keep all the great memories your have of him close to your heart. His presence will be gone but his wonderful memories will live on forever. Know that he is at peace. Love you!!!!

  4. Kris and Family;
    You have our deepest condolences. I recently learned what a wonderful man your Dad and Grandpa was. I know he touched many, many lives over the years. Hugs to all of you.

  5. Kris – I enjoyed sharing part of your Dad’s life with the stories you told when he was principal at Osage – treasure the memories – our sympathy to you and all the family.

  6. Kris and Family….sorry to hear of your dads passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

    Ryan and Heather Rausch

  7. Kris and Liz and the entire family, Our thoughts and prayers wrap around each of you at this time of loss. Keep those memories alive and strong through sharing the stories and memories.

  8. Kris, Ron, & family, Our sympathy and prayers to all of
    the family. Dad, Grandpa, and Great-Grandpa will be
    missed by all of you. Consolation is that Al is now in his
    Heavenly home. Cherish all of the memories from his life wth you.
    Your friends, Merle & Karen

  9. Kris, Ron, and the family of Alfred,
    Our thoughts and prayers to you at his passing.
    We hope that you celebrate his life, and hope that doing so helps you get through the sad time.

  10. Regards to all your family. What a long and productive life. He must have affected thousands of people in his career. Also he gave those of us who did not know him personally such wonderful friends in his family.

  11. Ron and Kris, we know how hard it is to lose your parent, and you certainly have our sympathy. Knowing that he is now at peace is some consolation, but it is still hard. We will keep your father and all of your family in our prayers.

  12. Sorry for your lose. Our Prayers and thoughts are with you give our best to the kids and your Sister.

  13. Deepest Sympathy to all of the family at this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  14. “When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.” Author Unknown

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sending you lots of love.
    Anne & family

  15. “When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.” Author Unknown

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sending you lots of love.
    Anne & family

  16. Dad, we will miss you so much. You set an example to all of us through your faith, leadership and most of all love.

    God bless you Dad!

  17. So sorry to hear of your loss, Ginny, Kris, Molly, Ron, Jared and Liz. He was loved and and a well respected man of God. We have nothing but good memories of Al. Blessings to you all at this time.

    Keith and Jessi

  18. Dear Kris, Ron and Liz,
    You and all of your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you.

  19. You all are in our thoughts at this time and the days to come… your friends, Chuck and Sue

  20. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Remember all the good times you all had with him!

  21. Kris-Ron and Liz,
    So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing . You have a lot of memories of him that will last your life time, that will help you through this diffcult time. Our Sympathy to you and your family.
    Dan – Karen Rosonke and
    Ardes King

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