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Florence Eleanor Schwendeman

d. January 19, 2024

Stillwater, Minnesota

Florence Eleanor Schwendeman

Born on a farm near Kensington, Minnesota she was baptized, confirmed, and married in Nora Lutheran Church. She died January 19 at age 94, surrounded by family, preceded in death by Norman, her husband of 58 years, and their oldest son Steven (Rebecca).

The youngest of eight children, Florence was the last of a close family: Marie (Emil), Clarice, Emma (Everall), Edna (Harold), Myrtle (Al), Leonard (Beverly), & Pearl (Omer); parents Olivia Rubina Hagen & Olaus Larson.  

Survived by children Robert Schwendeman (formerly Dina), Bonnie (Neil) Maffitt, Jeanne Quarstad, and Jill (Tiger Heise) Schwendeman; grandchildren Jim (Heather), Erik (Lorena), Karissa (Jon), Jacob (Kayla), Daniel, Soren, Skyler, & Julian; great-grandchildren Jordan, Landon, Annaka, Jack, Remy, & Hannah; & many beloved nieces, nephews & family members.

After earning her RN at Ancker Hospital, Florence practiced nursing in St. Paul & managed the outpatient clinic at Shriners Children’s Hospital (Mpls.). She made quilts for each of her children & was a good friend & generous volunteer. She & Norman were enthusiastic ballroom dancers, ran Schwendeman Lawn Service, & were known for their welcoming home.

A member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, St. Paul, 59 years, & Our Savior’s in Stillwater after moving to Stillwater in 2002, Florence was a lifelong Christian who served God with patience & love. Our hearts hurt but we are happy that she is now set free, whole, & healthy, with Jesus.

We honor Boutwells Landing staff for faithful companionship over 22 years. Thanks also to Lakeview Hospice for tender care. Memorial service Thursday, Jan. 25, 1:00, Boutwells Landing, 5600 Norwich Parkway, Oak Park Heights. Reception following service. Fort Snelling inurnment at a later date. Memorials preferred to Boutwells Landing/Gables for patient enrichment; Immanuel Lutheran (St. Paul), or Our Savior’s Lutheran (Stillwater).

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Memorial Service

Thursday, January 25, 2024

Starts at 1:00 pm (Central time)

Boutwell's Landing Swanson Chapel - Oak Park Heights

5600 Norwich Pkwy, Oak Park Heights, MN 55082

Family will receive friends following the service.

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