Ramona Swenson, 83, of Harmony, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at Unity Hospital in Fridley, Minn.

Ramona Elise Radechel was born June 11, 1929, in Cresco, to Frederick and Marguerite (Seekatz) Radechel. She was baptized in Big Springs Lutheran Church in rural Harmony and confirmed in Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cresco. She went to country school and then was a graduate of Cresco High School in 1947. She worked as a waitress at Elms Cafe and at National Cash Dime Store.

After high school, she worked as a secretary in the high school, and also as a clerk and bookkeeper at Goodyear Service Store, all in Cresco. She also worked a short time at Harmony Enterprises in Harmony.

On June 27, 1950, she married Stanley Swenson in Cresco. They farmed together on a farm near Fountain, then in York Township for 34 years, during this time raising their family. They retired on an acreage, then moved to Harmony in 2000. Mr. Swenson died in 2001.

Mrs. Swenson prided herself in being a "farmer's wife." She enjoyed sewing, reading, crossword puzzles, crocheting, painting scenes, refinishing furniture, flower gardens, collecting glassware and dishes. She loved cats and had a special fondness for Elvis. She held offices in Ladies Aid at Saetersdal and taught Sunday school and Bible study.

Survivors include three daughters, Laura (Dave) Lynch of Waucoma, Iowa, Deb Swenson of Harmony and Kari (Steve) Schroeder of Harmony; one son, Mark (Jean) Swenson of Ramsey; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Cyrrel; son, Carlton; and granddaughter, Angela.

A memorial service was held at Saetersdal Lutheran Church, in rural York Township, on Saturday, Dec. 8, officiated by the Rev. Maureen Hagen.

Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home of Cresco was in charge of arrangements.