Susan “Sue” Elaine Swan age 63 of Lake Shetek passed
away on Sunday, August 23, 2015, at her home after a courageous
battle with cancer.
Funeral services will be at 11:00
a.m. Friday, August 28,at Sillerud
Lutheran Church near Balaton.
Visitation is 5:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday
at the Tracy Area Funeral Home with a
prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation
will continue at the church Friday one
hour prior to services. Private family
burial will be at a later date in the
Sillerud Lutheran Cemetery.
Susan Elaine Scharfe was born on
January 1, 1952, in Tracy, Minnesota,
to Ervin and Adeline Scharfe. Sue
graduated from Balaton High School in 1970 and attended
Abbott Northwestern Nursing School in Minneapolis, graduating
in 1973. She married her high school sweetheart, Jim
Swan, on July 21, 1973, at Sillerud Lutheran Church in
Balaton. In 1975, Sue and Jim built a home on Lake Yankton
in Balaton. The couple moved to Lamberton in 1979, where
Jim worked at Meadowland Farmers Cooperative and Sue
worked at Sanford Hospital in Tracy. In 2014, Jim and Sue
moved to a home on Lake Shetek.
Sue was a loving and supportive daughter, wife, mother,
grandmother, friend, and co-worker. She loved to help other
people and had a passion for nursing. She would always lend
her ear and give you great advice followed by a big hug. Sue
was very talented and had a beautiful singing voice. She loved
to sing and play the piano with her family. She enjoyed spending
time on the lake and boating on the Mississippi River with
friends. Traveling to Grand Marais for a girl’s week with her
sisters had always been a highlight of the summer for her.
Sue had a personality that would fill the room with love and
laughter. She is loved by so many and will be greatly missed.
Sue is survived by her mother, Adeline Scharfe of Balaton;
husband, Jim Swan of Slayton; daughter and son-in-law,
Betsy and Curt Saffert of Springfield; her son and daughterin-
law, Craig and Renee Swan of Howell, Mich.; her sisters
and brothers, Amy Seaton, Mary Gorman (Ray), Neal Scharfe
(Robin), Jane Johnson (Ralph), Becky Schmidt (Russ), John
Scharfe (Wanda), Jennifer Roepke (Scott), Sally Reese; four
grandchildren, Samantha, Brody, August “Gus”, and Hunter;
and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by
her father, Ervin Scharfe; and her twin son and daughter,
Benjamin James and Jamie Suzanne.
Stephens Funeral Service — Tracy Area Funeral Home is
assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences
may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com.