Susan Louise Swingen of Kingman passed away on Thursday, July 23, 2009, at the Kingman Regional Medical Center. She was born Jan. 29, 1953, in Faribault, Minn., to Richard and Betty (Gustafson) Venaro.
Sue was raised in Faribault and attended the Faribault public schools and then attended Waseca Agricultural School in Waseca, Minn. Sue was employed at Farmer Seed and Nursery, Fay's Floral and Minnesota State Academy for the Blind, all located in Faribault. She also was employed in retail sales at Ahlman's Gun Shop in Morristown, Minn.
Sue was united in marriage to Dennis C. Swinger for 14 years until his untimely death in 1983. The last 25 years were shared with her best friend and companion, Keith Nelson. They operated Rolling Green Acres, a small farm specializing in purebred Normande beef cattle. Involvement with the North American Normande Association privileged Sue with the opportunity to travel to Belgium, France, and Colombia, South America. She enjoyed traveling.
Sue was a fantastic cook and enjoyed preparing meals for family and friends. Sue was particularly proud of her grandsons, Derek Swingen and Logan Rosch. Sue received much joy from taking care of and spending time with her special little dog, Tiny.
Due to deteriorating health, she moved to Kingman in the fall of 2006 to be near her daughter, Wanda Rosch. Sue is survived by her daughter, Wanda (Stanley) Rosch of Golden Valley; her son, Troy Swingen of Faribault; grandsons, Derek Swingen and Logan Rosch; her mother, Betty Venaro of Faribault; sisters, Carmen (Wayne) Horejsi, Julie (Brian) Starkson and Cindy (Glenn) Cunningham, all of Faribault; mother-in-law, Arlys Swingen of Forest City, Iowa; brother and sister-in-law, Mark and Valerie Swingen of Faribault; brother-in-law, Rodney Swingen of Minneapolis; best friend and companion, Keith Nelson of Kingman; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis Swingen; her father, Richard Venaro; and her father-in-law, Russell Swingen.
A memorial service was held Friday, July 24, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Kingman. A private graveside service is planned at Maple Lawn Cemetery in Faribault.