Wendell Norman 'Norm' Swenson
Swenson, Wendell Norman (Norm) age 77, of White Bear Lake, MN passed away peacefully on June 2, 2023 surrounded by love and his family. Norm will be remembered for the way he handled his tough journey with Parkinson's Disease, in true "Norm Fashion", with dignity and grace. He will be remembered for his one liners, his inclusive nature and how he always rooted for the underdog. Norm will be remembered for his selfless acts, his genuine concern for others and his absolute dedication to family. Norm was born in Minneapolis, MN on September 12, 1945, grew up in St. Peter, MN, later moving to Rochester, MN and graduating from John Marshall High School in 1963. After graduation, Norm attended Gustavus Adolphus College then served in the National Guard. Norm spent 40 years in the banking business, starting in 1966 at First Bank Bloomington Lake in Mpls, MN, and his path eventually led him to retire in 2006 while at Franklin Bank in Mpls, MN. Norm loved nothing more than spending time with family and friends outdoors; hunting, fishing, boating, camping on the St. Croix River, but his heart belonged "Up North" at the cabin on Johnson Lake. No-wake HHs on the pontoon, annual pig roasts, pulling kids on skis behind the Boston Whaler, or blazing bonfires in the middle of January were all on Norm's "time well spent" checklist. Norm was preceded in death by his parents Wendell and Connie Swenson, his brother David Swenson and brother-in-law, Robert E. Blix. Norm will be lovingly remembered by his dedicated wife of 55 years Jane, his children Carrie (Chris) Montgomery, Amy (Kris) Magnusson, his grandchildren: Ben, Gus, Emiline, Elsa and Oskar, his sister-in-law Jeanne Swenson, brother Stephen (Mary) Swenson, Zaila Michaelson, his nieces and nephews, his cousins and many, many wonderful friends. Norm's family would like to thank HealthPartners Hospice Team and Bright Star Home Care for all their support and dedication. A celebration of life is planned on Monday, July 17 at St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, MN. Visitation 11 AM, service at 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, Norm's family requests donations be made to the Parkinson's Foundation of MN or the donor's choice in Norm's name.
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