Constance (Connie) Swanson was born November 10, 1942 to Albin and Hazel Bergum in Warroad, MN.
Connie was raised in Calumet, MN where her parents had a café they called “POPS Café”. She graduated from Greenway High School in 1960. She married Jerome Skalsky and had two children; Johnny Lee Skalsky and Ginny Swanson. Connie and her children moved back to Calumet and she then married Keith Swanson on January 11, 1975. They made their home in Calumet.
Connie went on to obtain her business degree at Itasca Community College and worked for the County for close to 30 years at the Deputy Auditor/Treasurer’s office. After retirement she could not sit still, she started her second career by becoming the office manager at the Ester House. She also worked as an office manager for Habitat for Humanity, where she ended her working career at the age of 70.
Connie enjoyed many activities. She became Mayor of Calumet for 4 years, she was part of the Business for Professional Women (BPW) and held most positions, Secretary, Treasurer, President. She was active as a member with KOOTASCA Action Council, she loved working on projects such as the Greenway All Class Reunion’s. Connie belonged to the Calumet Presbyterian Church and took care of the finances for her church.
Connie loved to travel and go dancing. She and her husband learned to square dance and round dance. She loved going to the casino’s, watch TV and playing games on the computer. Whenever anyone met with Connie, she was always smiling.
Preceded in death by her parents Albin and Hazel Bergum and her brother, Gerald Bergum.
Connie is survived by her husband of 44 years, Keith Swanson, 2 children; Lee Skalsky of New Lisbon, WI and Ginny Swanson of Detroit Lakes, MN. Connie also had 2 step-daughters; Ruth Ann Swanson and Catherine Leimback both from St. Paul. Grandchildren; Branden (Megan) Skalsky of Chisholm and Matthew Skalsky of Minneapolis. Great grandchildren; Shawn, Chloe, Xander, Makensie, Joshua, Heather, Savanna, Grabiel, Emma and Sophie, and Great-great granddaughter, Cerene.
Visitation will be from 12:30 PM until the 2:00 PM Funeral Service on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 in the Peterson Funeral Chapel of Coleraine.
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