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Orlando "Ole" M. Swanson, age 82, of Pillager and formerly of Faribault, Backus, and Medford died in his sleep on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at Bethany Good Samaritan in Brainerd while convalescing from a broken hip.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault.

Visitation will be at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault, on Friday, Jan. 18, from 4-8 p.m. and also on Saturday for one hour prior to the service.

Orlando M. Swanson, the son of Iver and Ingeborg (Nesseth) Swanson, was born on June 19, 1930, in rural Goodhue County. He married Donna J. Fiebiger on December 15, 1951 in Faribault. They were married for almost 52 years when Donna died on September 12, 2003. He held a variety of jobs throughout his lifetime and was employed by Truth Hardware of Owatonna prior to his retirement. After retirement they moved to the northern lake country they were so fond of and he remained there until 2005 when he moved back to Faribault. He moved to Pillager just 3 months before his death.

Orlando enjoyed traveling and was an avid fisherman, hunter, and gardener. In his later years, playing cards and Bingo became favorite pastimes.

He is survived by his six children, Cynthia (and Steven) Imgrund of Eagan, Michael (and Jane) Swanson of Hope, Terri (and Leslie) Swift of Pillager, Vicky Swanson and Roger Rudbeck of Cass Lake, Randy (and Cindy) Swanson of Courtland and Samuel (and Anne) Swanson of Baxter; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two sisters, Jeanette (and Donald) Reschke of Wayzata and Norma (and Stanford) Johnson of Carver, and one brother; Stanley (and Eunice) Swanson of Kenyon.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; and five siblings; Helen Olson, Clarissa Swanson, Myrtle Banker, Duane Swanson, and Lester Swanson.


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Name: Jill Jarvis
Email: jarvi109@umn.edu
Date: Saturday January 19, 2013


My deepest sympathies go out to Ole's family. Ole was very special to me and to the rest of the Jarvis family. He stole my Grandma Rita's heart a few years before she passed away. I had never seen my grandma so giddy and happy than when she was with Ole. But who could blame her? Ole was a catch. One of my fondest memories is when we would get together to play euchre. I will especially cherish the memories of when Grandma and I would skunk Ole and Dan (my boyfriend) in a game of girls versus the boys! Grandma always seemed to have the card that would trump Ole's. Ole would then respond, "That's not very nice!". What a funny guy that Ole was. I really miss picking Ole and Grandma up for Bingo on Friday nites. It was always nice going out on the town with those two. Words cannot express how thankful I am for Ole and the love and joy that he brought into my grandma's life. I thought of Ole often in the last year since my grandma passed and regret not making a better effort to go see him. In fact, the nite that Ole died I had mentioned to Dan that we should plan a trip to go up North and visit him. I wish that I still could but know that he is doing just fine in heaven. R.I.P., dear Ole.

Name: Alta & Margaret Healey
Email: 427ahlyy@charter.net
Date: Tuesday January 15, 2013


Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. We remember coming out to the Swanson farm and having many good dinners with the whole Swanson family years ago. Orlando was a great person and a lot of fun. We were close friends of Clarissa, his sister. We enjoyed being and knowing the whole family. Our Blessings and Deepest Sympathy to all of the family. Alta & Margaret Healey of Owatonna, MN.

Name: Sharin Sambataro
Date: Monday January 14, 2013


I am so sorry to hear of Ole's passing. He was such a nice guy. I knew him through working at Riverside Apartments in Faribault. Everyday I would walk through the door he'd usually be sitting in the chair in the lobby. Always greeted me with a very catching smile and gleem in his eye and he would say "there's my honey!".I usually replied with "hiya handsome" or "hon". I would smile walk over and give him a hug and say "I bet you say that to all the girls". I would often play cards with him after I finished working. Euchre. He actually taught me the game. It was a funny sight to see. I didn't know him until Rita was ill. I know he loved her and missed her terribly. Her family was so good to him. He was so sad to have lost her. He enjoyed going out with his "brudder" every week. He loved going to the Eagles to play bingo and eat. He had alot of help from people in the building to help him get there and back. What a funny and kind soul we have lost. Thank you Ole for the warm memories you have given me. My sympathy goes out to his family as well as everyone who's life he touched. Goodbye handsome.

Name: Rochelle Jarvis-Cloutier
Email: Robert-Rochelle@charter.net
Date: Friday January 11, 2013


So sad to hear of Oles' passing and wishing I might have seen more of him recently. Bob and I took Ole and my Mom on several outings. The trip to New Richmond , Wisconsin for the Otto reunion was especially nice, the long drive-stopping for coffee, lots of conversation. It was then that I really came to know this kind, sweet man. I started calling him Dad,( 1/2 jokingly)- he called me his little sweetheart. He beamed with happiness when I'd bring my grandson Tevon to Riverside to visit him and my Mom, he'd always engage Tevon in long conversations-Tevon ate up the attention! I felt so fortunate, somewhat selfishly, to feel I again had a father figure of sorts-but more so I was over the top ecstatic for my mother to have found love again. They were happy. That made me happy. He told us all of his lovely wife he had lost, and his family and all the things they had done together-how he missed doing so many things. It made me want to get on board and give his life more quality.. having the two of them over for supper and cards, trips to the dairy queen, bingo at a few different places, these were some of the things we did with him and Mom. He was always polite, appreciative, and humble. I'll never forget the little shrug he'd do w/his shoulders, answering "I guess so", "I don't mind", or "that's O.k. with me"-so easy to please. So easy to love. I am grateful to have known him, I am grateful he is no longer suffering and is in eternal Peace with loved ones who have gone before him. Our Blessings go out to his children and their families.

Name: Janelle LaCanne
Email: janelle_lacanne@hotmail.com
Date: Friday January 11, 2013


It was with great sadness that I heard of Oles passing. He was a gentle kind man, a friend to our whole family. I regret the fact that I never got a chance to take him fishing after mom passed. It was something he talked of often and his eyes lit up anytime it was mentioned. He loved talking about his hunting and fishing excursions and told many stories of the travels he and his wife had taken. May it give you all comfort to know they are together again, at peace, with no pain or illnesses. I will miss him more than you will ever know. It has been a pleasure meeting all of his children, you should all be very proud of how kind he was to all he met. I know God holds a special place in his kingdom for people like him. With my deepest sympathies, Janelle LaCanne

Name: Laurie Jarvis Murray
Email: lauriemurray59@yahoo.com
Date: Friday January 11, 2013


Ole was one of the kindest men I have ever had the fortune to meet and associate with, always talking about his beautiful wife and their many travels, and his love for her, I met him and spent countless hours playing cards, talking, and enjoying his company while he lived in Faribault at Riverside apts. He was a very special friend to my mother Rita Jarvis. I loved taking my grandchildren up to see them both, he loved children, especially playing jokes on them. I will miss this wonderful man in more ways than i can express. God bless him on his journey, may he rest in peace. Thoughts and prayers to his family.