Paula “Pearl” Marie Swenson, age 99 of Hillsboro, North Dakota passed away peacefully on July 20, 2015 at Luther Memorial Home, Mayville, North Dakota.
She was born on September 11, 1915 to Martin and Marit (Rotvold) Karlstad in Steele County near Hatton, North Dakota, the eldest of ten children. Paula attended Lindaas School and married Delmer Swenson, April 10, 1934 in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Pearl worked at a chicken processing plant and potato warehouse. She also baked pies for local restaurants. Pearl was devoted to family and friends. She enjoyed bowling, whist, cheering for the Minnesota Twins and maintaining a well-kept yard. She was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and a charter member of the Hillsboro VFW Auxiliary.
Preceded in death by husband Delmer, parents and siblings: Edgar, Marvin, Leif, Hjalmer Karlstad, Marion Fillbrandt, Margaret Aasland and Edith Strand. Survived by siblings: Paul (June) Karlstad and Ellen Bolstad. Son: Myron (Charmaine) Swenson. Grandchildren: Kirk (Kris) Swenson, Chad (Peggy) Swenson, Bret (Jennifer) Swenson; nine great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and much-loved neighbors.
A celebration of Pearl’s life in Christ will take place at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Hillsboro on Saturday, July 25 at 11:00 am with visitation one hour prior to the church service. Interment will take place at Riverside Cemetery, Hillsboro. In lieu of flowers, memorials of choice, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Landscaping Fund, Luther Memorial Home or Hospice of the Red River Valley.