Prior to marriage Jean worked at the café in Buffalo Center. She and her husband raised their family on a farm near Buffalo Center. Jean was meticulous about everything. She loved spending time with her family, she enjoyed gardening, bird watching, and reading.
Jean moved to Swea City in 2002 to be closer to family. She became a resident of the Mapleton Community Home in Mapleton, MN in 2016. She died there on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, at the age of 89.
She is survived by five children, Denny (Bonita) Swalve of Mapleton, MN, Craig (Valarie) Swalve of Garner, Randy (Connie) Swalve of Buffalo Center, Kathy Curtis of Aurelia, and Ron (Laura) Swalve of Swea City; 17 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Patty Swalve of Arkansas; a brother-in-law, Virgil Heesch of Wilmar, MN; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Arnold on April 15, 1988; a granddaughter, Shannon Swalve; her brother, Jake (Geraldine) Wessels and her sister, Gretchen (Carl) Boehm.
A private family service will be held on Saturday, December 12, at 1:00 PM at Oakcrest Funeral Services of Buffalo Center. That service will be live streamed for the public on Oakcrest Funeral Services Facebook page.
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