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Yvonne Swensen

Yvonne K. Swensen (Eilmes)

Friday, July 16th, 1948 - Monday, April 19th, 2021
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Yvonne Kathleen Swensen, 72, of Irene, SD died Monday, April 19, 2021 at her home.

Yvonne was born July 16, 1948 in Scotland, SD to Ruben and Lorene (Gerjets) Eilmes. She attended Odessa 24 Country School and later graduated from Scotland High School in 1966. She was confirmed at Bethany Reformed Church of Scotland on April 16, 1961. She graduated from Southern State College, Springfield, SD in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in Education. Later education followed as she received her Master of Arts Degree from USD in 1988. Yvonne was a member of Turkey Valley Baptist Church, rural Irene, until it’s dissolution in 2009. She most recently was a member of Riverview Reformed Church of Yankton.

Yvonne married Darrell L. Swensen on June 24, 1972 at the United Church of Christ in Scotland. Together they had three children, Mark, Kari, and Marty. She taught kindergarten in Viborg, SD and later Special Education in Irene, SD from 1985 to 2007. She then continued with the Irene-Wakonda School as an Aide until her retirement in 2014. Much of her extra time was spent helping out with all of her grandchildren, as well as attending most football, baseball, basketball, softball, volleyball, and soccer games, whichever the season presented. She absolutely loved spending such precious time with all of her grandkids. Yvonne enjoyed much time spent with friends at gatherings of the Red Hat Valley Dolls Red Hats group. She was also involved with the local book Club and loved reading every day. Much of her time was also spent helping on the farm, even if it was just a parts run.

Yvonne is survived by her three children: Mark (Kerri) Swensen, of Freeman, Kari (Glen) Neuharth, of Freeman, and Marty (Jodi) Swensen of Irene. Seven grandchildren; Micah, Jacob and Erica Swensen, Kylie, and Logan Neuharth, all of Freeman, and Rory and Rylen Swensen of Irene, two sisters; Karen Sorgdrager of Yankton, and Sheila Wek of Freeman, an aunt, Fernetta Strand of Centerville, brother-in-law, Milton Schnabel of Menno, sister-in-law Donna Mellem of Yankton and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and great nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Darrell, infant daughter Nicole Annette, parents, Ruben and Lorene Eilmes, sister Joyce Schnabel and brother and sister-0n-laws Dale and Charlotte Swensen and Kenneth and Frances Mellem.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 22nd, 2021 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, April 22nd, 2021 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Hansen Funeral Home
    *Masks will be required.
  • Service

    Friday, April 23rd, 2021 | 10:30am
    Friday, April 23rd, 2021 10:30am
    Riverview Reformed Church
    1700 Burleigh Street
    YANKTON, SD 57078
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    Pastor Jake Van Der Linden
  • Interment

    Turkey Valley Baptist Cemetery
    45128 294th Street
    IRENE, SD 57037
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Arlene Stoebner

Posted at 03:15pm
My sincere, heartfelt sympathy to your family. My sister and I went to college with Yvonne. Eileen taught with Yvonne in Viborg in our first years in education. Occasionally I would meet up with Yvonne in the grocery store in Yankton. Her greeting was always accompanied with that pleasant smile. Know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
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Arlene Stoebner

Posted at 05:45pm
I wrote memories here yesterday but it must not have posted.

Yvonne was a wonderful cousin. She was a very sweet, warm person

Enjoyed their visit here and having the family for dinner. Especially enjoyed a trip to S.D. several years ago....Yvonne was our tour guide!

Our heart felt condolences to Karen and Sheila and Yvonne's children.

Am so glad I had the privilege of knowing this very special person.

Jim and Sandy (Gerjets) Jordan

Andrea Gerjets

Posted at 09:38am
I loved Yvonne ! She was a sweet warm christian women and was a good friend to my family. She was my Husbands Richard Gerjets cousin and we spend some great times together during her vacation in Washington. and ours in South Dakota.She is with the Lord now and i hope to see her again beyond this life! Love you Yvonne!❤️❤️❤️

Laura Ochsner

Posted at 07:17pm
Karen and Sheila our deepest sympathy to you and all of the family
I remember the big July 4th celebrations when we were kids
Our families spent a lot of time together
Love and prayers to all of you at this time
Laura Ochsner

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Posted at 04:07pm
In memory of Yvonne, something as beautiful as she was. From your cousins: Sandra Jordan, Andrea Gerjets, Valerie Gerjets, and Sharon Price.
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