Susan Swan

Susan Swan

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

Springfield Advance-Press

13 S. Marshall Avenue PO Box 78 Springfield, MN 56087