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Jeanne Swenumson

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Jeanne Ann Swenumson, age 75 of Ionia, IA, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by family on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Jeanne Ann was born on July 13, 1939 to Frank and Irene (Hackman) Schmidt in New Hampton, IA. She attended and was a 1958 graduate of New Hampton High School. Jeanne was united in marriage to David Swenumson on June 1, 1958 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in New Hampton. The couple made their home on a farm in rural Ionia and later moved into Ionia where they raised their two daughters, Cindy and Donna. Jeanne was a homemaker until 1975 when she and David purchased Nashua Sand and Gravel. She was an integral part of the business and remained active until the time of her death. Jeanne was a member of Ionia United Church of Christ. She enjoyed her flower gardens and the birds that visited it. But she cherished her time spent with her friends and family. Jeanne is survived by her loving husband, David Swenumson of Ionia, IA; her daughters, Cindy (Larry) Shoemaker of Nashua, IA and Donna (Ted) Geerts of Ionia, IA; her grandchildren, Jason (Kristin) Shoemaker, Joshua (Kate) Schoemaker, Dylan Shoemaker, Sarah (Trevor) Baxter and Allie Geerts; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, James, Harold, Robert, Russell and Arthur.

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  1. Dave, Cindy, Donna and families, you have our deepest sympathy and are in our thoughts and prayers. Terry, Shawna, Haley and Shane

  2. All of our prayers are with Dave, Cindy, Donna and all of your family. We will all keep good memories of Jean with us always. Dick Debbie

  3. Cindy, Donna and families; So sorry for your loss of your Mother. Thoughts and prayers for you all in this difficult time.

  4. Dave and Family, Our thoughts and Prayers go out to you at this time. Very Sorry for your lose. Larry Jane.

  5. Dave, Cindy family and Donna family- We are very sorry for your loss but please keep all your great memories close. Duane I are so sorry to be away at this time but also so glad Duane could visit with Jeanne a few weeks ago when he was home. She was our classmate and a “great” friend for many years and we have had so many good times. We will always cherish our memories. Duane Pat Lynch

  6. Dave, Cindy and Donna and families, My sincere sympathy to all of you. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Dave, Cindy, Donna family, Thinking of all of you at this difficult time. I so loved “Mother Marys” wicked sense of humor. She always made me smile laugh. I am so happy that I was able to visit with her last Friday that she was having a good day. Hugs love to all of you. Zenda Kenton

  8. Dave, Cindy, Donna and families – our deepest sympathy to all of you. Jean was a remarkable woman whose life impacted the lives of so many of us. She will be deeply missed but never forgotten. Love you all bunches!!

  9. Dave, Cindy, Donna and family- our deepest sympathy to all. Jean was a fun person to be around and will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to all.

  10. David, Donna and Families, We are so very sorry for your loss. Praying for you all during this difficult time. Hugs! Matthew 54 Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Love, Brenda, Neil and Joey Whitney

  11. Deepest sympathy from Mike, Sue Testroet and family. Will remember her lovely smile and all the greata chats we had over the years. I remember when she found out she was pregnant with Donna Such happiness..!!!!

  12. Miss you much Aunt Jeanne. If I had tried to invent an aunt, I wouldnt have made up anyone as good as the reality you are.

  13. My deepest sympathy to the family. May God give you strength through this trying time and in the future and may your memories bring you joy and happiness.

  14. My heart goes out to you on your lose. While I have been away from Ionia for many years I have so many positive memories of Dave and Jeanne, starting with your wedding. May the Lords good news bring comfort to you, filling you with hope in Jesus.

  15. OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO Donna, Ted and Allie and all your family. May your memories help you in the days to come. Sending prayers for all. Jack and Betty Gorman

  16. Our family has lose a wonderful Aunt and second Mother to all of us. She will be missed deeply.

  17. Our thoughts and prayers to your entire family. May her memories guide you through this time. David and Jeanne Roder

  18. Praying your family and friends have Gods comfort and peace and can rejoice in Jeanne’s victory in Jesus. I have great memories of our time together, e.g. on my desk at work I have the picture of Roger and me, as Ring Bearer and Flower Girl at Dave and Jeannes wedding.

  19. So sorry for your familys loss!! May she live on in your hearts and dear memories always!! God Bless!!

  20. So very sorry for the loss of your wife, mother and grandmother. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. God Bless you all.

  21. So very sorry for your loss. I have so many memories of Jeanne at your house and the sandpit. She always had frosting in the can and pickle juice for me!! She will be missed. Tina Crabtree

  22. Thinking of you all, sending prayers and our sympathy. Keep all those wonderful memories close to your heart. Dave and Terry Utterback

  23. To our dearest Dave, Cindy Larry children, Donna, Ted Allie, Remember this is not good by, it is only until we meet againforever ever Our thoughts, prayers sympathy go out to you during this difficult time. Memories, so many to count, huh Jesus is holding your mothergrandmotherwifes hand at this time. No more pain, no more sorrownothing but joy. May Jesus be with you during your time of grief. God bless you all, Pastor Paul Janet

  24. We are so very sorry to read about Jeanies passing.we have some GREAT Memories of times together with Dave and Jeanie..heaven received a very Fun angelwe are in Vegas for the winter so we will be unable to attend the services but please know we send our Sympathy and Love..ROGER MARGO 🌹

  25. Cindy family, I am so sorry to hear of your moms passing. I will always remember the times shared at your house when we were kids. I remember her as a really nice mom to be around! Hold your memories close to your heart. Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Tom Dixie (Lampe) Orthel

  26. Dave, Cindy and Donna and families, you have my deepest sympathy. Jeanne was such a card. I got to know her on Ladys day at Raliegh. I would walk in and right away shed crack me up . She had such a great personality and lived life to the fullest! Rest in peace.

  27. Dave, Cindy, Donna families, Glen and I send our deepest sympathy. Jeanne will be missed. She was always a hard worker didnt let any grass grow under her feet. Loved it when she Dave would come to my house in Ionia share the dandelion wine. Time always slipped away just when we were having fun. She loved life. Love Blessings, rest in peace.

  28. Dave, Cindy, Donna and families you all have my deepest sympathy. Jeanne was such a special person and will be greatly missed!! Some of my oldest memories include time from church with Jeanne and I cherish those. Take care!!

  29. David and family. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy. I remember our growing up together and the fun we had as chidden. I have fond memories of Jeannne as my classmate all throughout high school. Keep her memories close in your heart. Our deepest sympathy on your loss. Allen Luann Borlaug

  30. Deb Schwickerath Deepest sympathy to Dave, Cindy, Donna, and families. I will never forget her smile or the fun we used to have at the Ionia fish fry. She will be missed.

  31. I will miss you so much Aunt Jeanne. You have always been that special auntsecond mom to me – you were always so much fun to be around. You made us laugh, told us how proud you were of us, you were always there to give us that extra hug when we needed it. I will miss being your pen pal. You will always be in my heart. Rest Peacefully. Love you!

  32. My deepest sympathy to Dave, Cindy and Donna and families. Guess I am one of Jeanne oldest friends. I mean like we started as best friends in kindergarten like 70 yrs ago. So many memories and secrets we shared. How excited she was to have me first meet you Dave. She will be so missed but we all have so many wonderful memories of her . SHOTS

  33. With heavy hearts we smile through tears remembering the fun loving times, Jeanne was a force all her own. We thank her for her example, she loved her family and life to the fullest. We Praise God, He blessed us with such an incredible woman, we pray that His light shines upon her and may God hold friends and especially her FAMILY in His palms, give them comfort during this difficult time. Many love her and many will miss her.

  34. Davey, Cindy, Donna and family Gods hugs and prayers are wyou during this timePlz remember what a loving, faithful person Jeanne wasAnd remember well all be together again soonI have the fondest of memories growing up at Ionia, especially UCC, and all of the XMas memories at churchHugs and prayersLuv u guysAlan Sandy (Allison) Haubrich, Mason City, IA

  35. Jeannes Family, Youre in My Prayers at This Difficult Time. Jeanne was a Special, Kind, Thoughtful, Fun and Loving Person. You Have My Deepest Sympathy!

  36. Dave Cindy Donna and family, sorry to hear about Jean she was a true friend of mom. Good old Ionia family. You and all of the family are in our prayers. She will be missed. Vic and Diane Ball

  37. Dave, Cindy, Donna, Allie and Family, thinking of you on the loss of your Wife, Mom and Grandma. May the fond memories you have be in your thoughts and know she is in peace in a wonderful place. May God Bless you All

  38. I would like to express my deepest sympathy to Dave and family on the loss of Jeanne. She was our classmate in high school. Her sense of humor was admirable. I enjoyed seeing her over the years at our class reunions. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Dan Fliger

  39. Sincere sympathy to your entire family. Take comfort in your wonderful memories and know that she is in her heavenly home. Dave and Terry Utterback

  40. We are so sorry to hear about Jeanne. She loved everybody! A Grand Lady and she will be missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!!!! Dirk and Janise Firman

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