Private graveside services at Elmwood Cemetery are planned for rural Lincolnville native Lulu Irene (Forbenius) Swenson, 92, who died Sept. 7, 2022, at Bethany Village in Lindsborg.
“Lou” was born Sept. 8, 1929, near Lincolnville, the fourth child of Karl and Katherine (Beisel) Forbenius.
She was raised on the family homestead with her two older brothers, older sister, and younger sister.
Growing up, she was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. She attended Lincolnville Elementary School and graduated from Lincolnville High School.
After graduation, Lou moved to McPherson. She married Raynold Swenson on April 16, 1949, and was married for 56 years until Raynold’s passing in 2005.
She and Raynold had two children, son Dale and daughter Debra, and five grandchildren, Damian, Danyel, Jessica, Katie and Kendal.
Lou worked in the medical field most of her adult life, starting in 1959. Through 1967, she worked for Lindsborg Community Hospital. In 1967, she started working for Dr. Murfitt, where she remained for 17 years.
In 1984, after a brief stent at the Bethany Home, she returned to the hospital, where she worked in home health until her retirement.
Lou enjoyed her work and cared for many people in the Lindsborg community. In her retirement, Lou helped run the Associated Churches of Lindsborg’s TACOL Thrift Store for many years.
Lou was a child of God and served Him in many ways. She was a member of the Bethany Lutheran Church, where she taught Sunday and Bible school. She enjoyed teaching and working with the children of the church.
Lou was a competitive person. It didn’t matter if it was cards, sports, or Wii bowling, she played to win.
She played on several softball teams as a pitcher and competed in the women’s league at Lindsborg Bowling Center.
After “retiring” from participating in sports, Lou watched from the stands, as she traveled to various sporting events, watching her grandchildren play football, basketball, volleyball, tennis, and track and field.
She was a fan of baseball and often watched the Chicago Cubs on WGN.
Lou enjoyed the outdoors and often would take grandkids fishing. She was never afraid to bait a hook or take a fish off.
She also was a lover of music, everything from George Jones to the Lawrence Welk to gospel, but she was partial to the music heard while attending her grandchildren’s choir and band concerts.
Lou was preceded in death by her husband, Raynold; parents Karl and Katherine; brothers Marion and E. Dean Forbenius; sisters Ruth Forbenius and Betty Beneke; and son-in-law, Tony Patterson.
Survivors include son, Dale Swenson and his wife, Julie; daughter Debra Patterson; and grandchildren Damian Vosburg, Danyel Patterson, Jessica Patterson, Katie Swenson (along with Mike and Sydney), and Kendal Swenson (and Amber).
Visitation was 5 to 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022, at Crick-Christians Funeral Home, 103 N. Washington, Lindsborg.
The family would like to express its deepest gratitude to the wonderful people from Kindred Hospice and the Bethany Home for their compassion and loving care of Lou over the final days of her life.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Kindred Hospice or Bethany Home.
Memorials may be sent in care of Crick-Christians Funeral Home, 103 N Washington St, Lindsborg KS 67456.
For more information or to leave condolences online, please visit www.crick-christiandsfuneral home.com.