- Funeral Date: 10/07/13
- Funeral Time: 10:30AM
- Date of Birth: 2/01/33
- Date of Death: 10/02/13
- Funeral Location: First United Church of Christ - Northfield
Carol Jean Swenson Dean was born February 1, 1933, in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Carl “Gust” and Evelyn M. (Taft) Swenson. She was baptized in the Lutheran Faith and attended Brimhall School. At the age of 13, she moved with her family to Valley Grove and was confirmed at Valley Grove Lutheran Church. She graduated Northfield High School in 1951 and during and after her education worked for NW Bell Telephone. She marred George W. Dean on November 22, 1952, at the First United Church of Christ in Northfield. After marriage they lived in Northfield until 1959 when they moved to Hutchinson where George served in the National Guard office. In 1964, they moved to Minneapolis and in 1969 to Apple Valley. George passed away in 1992 and in 2000 Carol moved back to Northfield. She worked for 37 years as a dental assistant at the Minneapolis Oral and Facial Surgery Center, retiring in 2002.
Carol was a member of First United Church of Christ in Northfield and a former longtime member of the Apple Valley UCC. She was a former member of the Hutchinson Jaycees and also Past President and longtime member of the Northfield VFW Auxiliary. Carol enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling with George, going to the casino, playing bingo, and spending time at the cabin on French Lake. She always had a special place in her heart for her dogs – Copper, Prince and Suzi, and her cat Tommy. She was young at heart, calm, sweet, loving, a true lady and a special aunt to many.
Survivors include her 14 brothers and sisters: Leatrice Taylor of Randolph, Shirley Nelson of Northfield, Richard Swenson of Northfield, Jane Stordahl of Cannon Falls, Norman (Donna) Swenson of Northfield, Roger (Darlene) Swenson of Pennock, Donna (Klaus) Jacob of Northfield, Gary Swenson of Colorado Springs, Marilyn Mitlyng of Aurora, Illinois, David (Kathy) Swenson of Northfield, Allan (Nancy) Swenson of Northfield, Durene (Bob) Sathre of Lake Osakis, Curtis (Pat) Swenson of Northfield, Donald (Barbara) Swenson of Northfield; her God-children Durene Sathre, Dale Nelson, Kelly Nelson; her special friend, Katie Vouk; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and good friends. She was preceded in death by her husband George and her parents.
Carol passed away in Northfield with her sisters by her side on Wednesday evening, October 2, 2013, at the age of 80.
Funeral services will be 10:30AM Monday, October 7, 2013, at First United Church of Christ in Northfield with Rev. Todd Smith Lippert officiating. Interment will be in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. Visitation will be 2-5PM Sunday, October 6, 2013, at the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home in Northfield and will continue on Monday at the church one hour prior to the service.
Memorials are preferred to the donor’s choice.
Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com