It is with sad hearts that the family of Helmut ( Swanee ) Swenson announce his passing at Hillside Village Monday August 28th. 2017 Two weeks short of his 97th birthday.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Anna ( 1977 ) and second wife Norma ( 2015 ) his Brother Eric & wife Kay. Sister Violet and husband Bill Kregsveldt. Step children Deanna Myers, and Terry Maki
Swanee will be lovingly remembered by his son Barry (Wilma) daughter Karen (Kent) Grandchildren, Deanne ( Malcolm) Keith, Cory (Sandy) Cheri (Joe) Great grandchildren, Tyler( Danielle ) Gabriella, Nathanael, Daniella and Sam, as well as his extended Maki & Eisner/Ringland families. Also numerous nieces, nephews and his many friends and neighbours.
Swanee moved to Canoe in 1951 to a job as Head Saw Filer at Federated Co-op Mill. The Family moved into Salmon Arm in 1956. Where he became an active member of many voluntary projects in Salmon Arm. In 1961 he bought property at Annis Bay and he and his wife Anna developed the property into 45 lovely lake lots, where families continue to live and others come to enjoy their summer vacations.
Swanee became a member of the Shuswap Community Church and was an usher there for years and a long time member. He was a strong believer and lived his life showing his love to everyone around him. He has received his reward now in heaven with his Heavenly Father.
Helmut was given the nick name of Swanee when he was 21 years old and he was Swanee the rest of his life.
A Celebration of Life will take place Saturday Sept 9th. 2017 at the Shuswap Community Church at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Shuswap Community Church Benevolent Fund to help people in need would be appreciated. To give online go to aplacetobelong.ca/giving. Put ‘Swanee Memorial’ in the memo line. To send a cheque mail to Shuswap Community Church, 3151 6 Ave NE, Salmon Arm, BC V1E 1J2
The family would like to give Thanks to ALL the staff at the Shuswap Lodge and Hillside Village for the excellent and loving care they provided.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through Swanee’s obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com