GENOA – Barbara A. Swanson, 86, of Genoa, Ill. died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 at her home.
She was born Sept. 30, 1926, in Belvidere, Ill., the daughter of Edward J. and Lila (Cornwell) Berg. She married Paul W. Swanson Dec. 29, 1944.
Barbara was a homemaker and helped on the family farm with her husband. She enjoyed staying active with her children and being the first 4-H leader of an all girls group in Genoa. She also was a den mother for Cub Scouts and a bowling coach.
She is survived by her children, Paul (Linda) Swanson, Penny Swanson and Crystal (Mike) Gahlbeck; six grandchildren, Stan (Tami) Swanson, Christopher Swanson, Mike (Rachel) Thompson, Samantha, Kate and Joshua Gahlbeck; and four great-grandchildren, Kyla, Braden and Kaleb Jamar and McKenna Thompson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, Stanley; one grandson, Brian; four sisters and one brother.
A memorial visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Slater-Butala Funeral Home in Genoa, with a service beginning at 6 p.m. Burial will take place at a later date.
Memorials for Barbara Swanson may be made to the DeKalb County Hospice,
in care of Slater-Butala Funeral Home, 132 W. Main, Genoa, IL 60135. For information, go to www.ButalaFuneralHomes.com
or call 815-784-5191.