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Lulu Irene (Forbenius) Swenson – The Sentinel McPherson

Lulu Irene (Forbenius) Swenson Lulu “Lou” died on September 7, 2022 at Bethany Home at the age of 92. She was born near Linconville, Kansas on September 8, 1929, the fourth child of Karl and Katherine (Beisel) Forbenius.

Lou grew up on the family property with her two older brothers, an older sister and a younger sister. Growing up, she was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church. She attended Lincolnville Elementary School and graduated from Lincolnville High School. After graduating, Lou moved to McPherson, Kansas.

She married Raynold Swenson on April 16, 1949 and was married for 56 years until Raynold’s death in 2005. She and Raynold had two children, son Dale and daughter Debra, and five grandchildren, Damian, Danyel , Jessica, Katie and Kendal.

Lou worked in the medical field most of her adult life, from 1959 to 1967 she worked for Lindsborg Community Hospital. In 1967 she began working for Dr. Murfitt, where she remained for 17 years. In 1984, after a brief stent at Bethany Home, she returned to the hospital where she worked in home health care until her retirement. Lou loved his job and cared for many people in the Lindsborg community. Upon retirement, Lou helped run the TACOL thrift store for many years.

Lou was a child of God and served him in many ways. She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, where she taught Sunday and Bible school. She enjoyed teaching and working with children in church.

Lou was a competitive person, whether it was cards, sports or Wii bowling, she played to win. She played on several softball teams as a pitcher and competed in the women’s league at Lindsborg Bowling Center. After ‘retiring’ from sports participation, Lou watched from the stands, as she traveled to various sporting events watching her grandchildren play soccer, basketball, volleyball, in tennis and athletics. She was a baseball fan and often watched the Chicago Cubs on WGN. Lou loved the outdoors and often took her grandchildren fishing, where she was never afraid to bait a hook or catch a fish. She was also a lover of music, from George Jones to the Lawrence Welk Show to Gospel, but she had a soft spot for the music she heard from attending all of her grandchildren’s choir and band concerts.

Lou was predeceased by her husband, Raynold, her parents Karl and Katherine, her brothers Marion and E. Dean Forbenius, her sisters Ruth Forbenius and Betty Beneke, and her son-in-law, Tony Patterson.

Lou is survived by his son, Dale (Julie) Swenson, his daughter Debra Patterson and his grandchildren: Damian Vosburg, Danyel Patterson, Jessica Patterson, Katie Swenson (Mike and Sydney) and Kendal Swenson (Amber).

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the wonderful people at Kindred Hospice and Bethany Home for their compassion and loving care of Lou during the last days of her life.

Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, September 11, 2022 at Crick-Christians Funeral Home, 103 N. Washington, Lindsborg.

Private family burial services will be held at Elmwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made at Kindred Hospice or Bethany Home. Memorials can be sent to the care of Crick-Christians Funeral Home, 103 N. Washington, Lindsborg, KS 67456.

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