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Funeral Arrangements

Thursday, June 3, 2004

Grace Jane Friedman

May 29, 2004

Grace Jane Friedman, six day old daughter of Matt and Cindy Friedman of 3422 F Avenue NE died on Saturday, May 29, at St. Lukes Hospital from complications at birth. Services were held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 1 at St. Matthew Catholic Church. Rev. Mark Osterhaus officiated. Burial was at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Cedar Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her parents, grandparents, Chuck and Mary Kay Friedman of Cedar Rapids and Rex and Darlene Shearer of Storm Lake; great grandparents, Ann Negro and Emmett Friedman both of Cedar Rapids; Catherine Hamman of Kingsley and many aunts and uncles.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Grace's name.

Sylvia Swanson

September 9, 1907 - May 27, 2004

A funeral service for Syliva E. Swanson, age 96, of Albert City, was held Tuesday, June 1, at 10:30 a.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Albert City with Reverend David Bernhardt officiating. Burial was at Fairfield Township Cemetery.

Sylvia passed away Thursday, May 27, at Pleasant View Home in Albert City.

The Sliefert ~ Asmus Funeral Home in Albert City was in charge of the arrangements.

Sylvia Elizabeth (Benna) Swanson was born to Axel and Esther Benna on September 9, 1907, at their home near Albert City. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church in Albert City. She attended country school until it was time for high school which she attended in Albert City, and graduated from there in 1925. After graduation, she worked in Minneapolis as a housemaid for some time, and later she worked as a cook in the Lutheran Children's Home in Andover, Illinois. After that she worked as a waitress and a baker in a café in Albert City.

Sylvia was united in marriage to Carl Swanson in the Bethel Lutheran Church in Los Angeles in 1935. They were blessed with one daughter Karen, who lives in Walla Walla, Washington. Carl and Sylvia made their home in Hawthorne, California for several years while Carl was an electrician. In 1938, they moved back to Iowa and started farming and farmed until their retirement.

Sylvia's firm faith in Christ stayed with her throughout her life. She was an active church worker all her life, and loved her church very much. In her younger years, she taught Sunday School and sang in the choir. In her later years, she was active in church "workshop" and in Ladies Organizations. She also belonged to "The Golden Rule Club" and enjoyed that so much. She loved to read and did a lot of writing, such as poetry, etc.

Carl and Sylvia made a number of trips back to California, and later to Walla Walla, Washington, and also enjoyed a trip to Sweden in 1966 to visit Carl's sisters whom he had not seen in 52 years.

Preceding Sylvia in death were her parents, her husband Carl in 1981, as well as two brothers and two sisters.

Survivors are her daughter, Karen Lucas; two grandchildren: Dino Lucas and his wife, Michelle and Lisa Lucas and her husband, Jim Kent; four great-grandchildren: Benjamin and Cory Harter and Whitney and Ian Lucas, all of Walla Walla, Washington; two sisters-in-law: Harriet Swenson and Evelyn Benna; several nieces and nephews and special friend, Irma Ritchie.