Sally Moses Swenson

Sally Mason Swenson, age 85 of Northfield, died December 25, 2012 at the Northfield Hospital following a brief illness. Memorial Service will be 2:00 pm Saturday, December 29th at All Saints Episcopal Church in Northfield with a reception to follow at the Church.

Sally Swenson was born April 23, 1927 in Minneapolis, daughter of Gerald and Pauline (Chittenden) Mason. Her first 7 years were spent in Minneapolis and then in New York City until 1941. Her family then moved to Alexandria, MN where she graduated from high school before entering the University of Minnesota and obtaining a degree in fashion merchandising. On June 9, 1951 she was united in marriage to Daniel L. Swenson in Alexandria and they made their first home there.

Following Dan’s ordination in the Episcopal Church in 1960 they lived in a number of towns in Minnesota including Minnetonka Beach, Wayzata, Virginia, Eveleth, Faribault, and White Bear Lake. In 1986 they moved to Burlington, VT when Dan was elected the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont. Following retirement in 1993 they moved to Forest Lake, MN and in 2003 to Northfield to be closer to their family.

Sally’s interests included European and American travel that allowed her to explore many places of historical significance. She loved to learn about the arts and antiquities of other cultures and share her experiences. Sally’s creative flair and high regard for fashion was ever-present and a gift she instilled in many others. Sally enjoyed nature, gardening, feeding the birds, and was an avid reader. She loved to extend hospitality and entertained family and friends at their home. Sally was a strong supporter of organizations that benefited the towns in which they lived. She enjoyed Sunday services at their churches and often was on the alter guilds. Sally enjoyed life fully and embraced its challenges. Her greatest joys were members of her family. Sally adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren. They have held to her wisdom and love and found these gifts to be contagious.

She is survived by husband Daniel L. Swenson of Northfield; children Martha (Dennis Joyner) Swenson of Vadnais Heights, Sara (Willie Jr.) Shuford of Minneapolis, Daniel (Kathee Hanscom) Swenson of Northfield, 8 grandchildren; Willie Shuford lll, Suzanne Shuford, Alexandra Shuford, Sara (Jeremy Huspek) Swenson, Daniel Lee Swenson ll, Daniel Borek, Kevin Borek, and Caitlyn Borek and 3 great grandchildren; Aidan and Morgan Huspek and Christian Borek. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Nancy Perkins.

In lieu of flowers memorials to All Saints Episcopal Church. Arrangements by the Bierman Funeral Home of Northfield.