Swenson, Craig Gerhard Age 60, died on November 20, 2013 of a heart attack. He is survived by his loving mother, Cordelia Whitney; sister, Sharman Boll- ing (David Boll- ing); nieces, Katy, Ruthy (Don Patterson) and Lyz; grandniece and grandnephews; sister, Cheryl Sheldon (John Sheldon); nephews, Eric and Christopher; sister, Gail Watson (Jim Watson); nieces, Cheryl (Brandon Gallagher-Watson) and Annie; and grandnieces, Cindy Pearson (Charlie Pearson); nephews, Chad (Kai Lueck), Adam (Leslie Pearson) and Luke (Nicole Pearson); grandnephews and nieces; and those who nurtured him along his path of development. He is preceded in death by his father, Bennett Gerhard Swenson and, brother, Gary Bennett Swenson. Craig had a unique if not varied career path and educational background. During his 30-plus years as master hair stylist, he attended the University of Minnesota where he was accepted into their engineering program; later he would receive his Series 7 License and work as a stockbroker here in Minneapolis. He was recently baptized at the Oscar Lutheran Church in Richmond, WI where he resided. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was very caring. His recreational love was the game of golf. He struggled with alcoholism most of his adult life and continued to attend AA meetings until his death. The family would like to thank all those in the treatment field who never gave up on Craig. On Thursday, November 21, 2013, the Gearty- Delmore Funeral Chapel in St. Louis Park prepared him for cremation, and on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, he was cremated at Lakewood Cemetery and is now resting with his brother, Gary. A private family service will be held at Wooddale Lutheran Church in St. Louis Park on December 7, 2013 and the service will be led by Pastor Tim Rauk. Please pray for all those left behind that are struggling with this disease on a daily basis.
Published in Star Tribune on Dec. 1, 2013.