In Memory of Arlene J. Swanson

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Arlene Jeanette Swanson, age 87, passed away unexpectedly on May 21, 2020 at the River Falls Area Hospital.

Arlene was born August 17, 1932, to Alfred and Mary (Pearson) Larson in St. Paul, MN.  The youngest of five children, she grew up on Pig’s Eye Island and attended Harding High School. She met Wisconsin dairy farmer, James Anderson at the Prescott Wisconsin July 4th parade in 1948 and were united in marriage on February 10, 1951.

The couple settled on the family farm in Prescott and together established Anderson Dairy.  Arlene was a hard worker and was a partner in the farming.  James and Arlene were dedicated farmers, loved to have friends over to play cards, and traveled when they could in later years.  Arlene lost her true love and partner of 49 years on August 18, 1999 when James passed away.

Arlene then met Clifford Swanson during the summer of 2000 and they were married on January 6, 2001.  Together they enjoyed taking trips, playing cards and spending time with family. Clifford passed away on April 17, 2010.

Arlene was a devoted member of the St. John’s United Church of Christ of Oak Grove Township, serving on church council for many years and volunteered for any event.  She was dedicated member of the Prescott community and surrounding areas serving on various boards over the years.

Arlene had a love for gardening and enjoyed sharing her flower gardens with her friends, family and neighbors.  You would also find Arlene in the kitchen, as she loved to bake and cook for any event.  She enjoyed dancing, especially the polka and loved any type of music.  Arlene was an avid card player and loved to watch the local sports teams, especially the WI Badgers and MN Gophers.

Arlene was very proud of her family, especially her grand-children and great grand-children, as she was always sharing their accomplishments, life events and news with her neighbors and friends.  Arlene had an impact on so many and will be deeply missed by those whose lives she touched.

She is survived by her children, Ted (Joy), Steve (Becky), Vicki Fredine, Peggy (Scott) Jensen, Mark (Kim), Peter, and Amy (Terry) Beltrand; 22 grandchildren; and 29 great grand children, as well as her extended family of Thomas (Karen), David (Kris), Mary, Kathleen, and John; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren.

Arlene was preceded in death by her parents; husbands: James and Clifford; siblings: Oscar, Lucile, Harold, and Edna and Clifford’s son Richard.

Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced at a later date, when we are able to gather to celebrate the life of Arlene. Services entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home.

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  • Our sympathy to the Anderson and Swanson families. We always enjoyed our visits with her, she was always so friendly, and very easy to have a good conversation with. She was a person that always made every one comfortable around her.

  • Arlene entered the lives of the Swanson family when she married my father. Arlene was a gift to all of us and I know she loved my father dearly. When our good Lord gave out gifts, he gave with both hands to Arlene the gifts of caring, compassion, boundless energy, and all that knew her, the gift of gab. Arlene nursed her longtime husband and father of her children through his life-ending illness, and not deterred or afraid of what comes with the commitment of “in sickness and in health”, she married again. Seven years into their marriage, my father had a disabling stroke. Many would not have taken on the cares that followed, but without even a moment of hesitation, Arlene stepped onto the path less traveled and cared for my father better than a facility equipped with many could have done for his final three years. They shared a loving time together and after my Dad’s death, Arlene remained a member of our family and she will be missed and remembered kindly in all of our hearts. The Swanson family all suspect that when Arlene arrived at the Pearly Gates, Saint Peter had a difficult time getting the word “welcome” out before Arlene began telling him about her kids, her grandchildren and her great grandchildren. We are certain she created a back-up. I know I can speak on behalf of all my siblings when I say, thank you Arlene, we loved you, will miss you, and will be forever grateful for you.

  • Arlene and I met when I went to church with OllieStruve. She walked up and started talking like we were old friends. Made me feel real welcomed. Always liked seeing Arlene. At Ollies funeral she told me the Ollie was the first one to welcome her into the neighbors hood and they were friends ever since. Great lady will be missed.

  • I will miss our talks Arlene you were a great friend / neighbor!
    Arlene could talk up a storm and when she was done she would hang up before you could say good-bye😄! You will forever be missed!

  • GG Arlene was a wonderful woman who showcased strength and love to all she met. We love her and will miss her. Heaven received a great addition with Grandma!