Stoughton - Bonnie Lee Swingen, age 74, passed away on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at the Skaalen Home in Stoughton after a brief struggle with ovarian cancer.
She was born on September 28, 1938 in Milwaukee, WI to Rudolph and Mildred Sprenger. She graduated from Stoughton High School. She attended Luther College until the death of her father. At that time, she returned home to help her mother run the family business, The Stoughton Store.
She married LaVerne T. Swingen on October 19, 1963 at Central Lutheran Church in Stoughton. Together she and "her Vern" ran The Stoughton Store for 29 years. During these years they both belonged to many community and service organizations; Stoughton Lioness, Stoughton Country Club, Sons of Norway and the Stoughton Chamber.
For many years, they lived in a home on Quam's Point on Lake Kegonsa, where they hosted gatherings for family and friends. Bonnie and Vern loved to have people around and shared many good times. The door was always open and the pontoon was always ready to go.
During their years together, Bonnie and Vern traveled extensively by taking trips to Hawaii, Norway, Alaska, Florida and Arizona to name just a few. Many times they were accompanied by a wonderful group of friends.
When they left the lake, they moved to the Vennevoll community.
Bonnie is survived by her husband of 49 years, LaVerne, many family members and a wonderful circle of friends and their families.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Covenant Lutheran Church, 1525 N. Van Buren St., Stoughton on Friday, March 1, 2013 at 11:00 AM. A visitation will also be held at the church on Friday from 9:00 AM until the time of service. There will be a luncheon held at the church after the service. Per Bonnie's wishes, there will be a private burial at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Covenant Lutheran Church in Stoughton.
Bonnie's family and circle of friends would like to thank the many doctors and nurses in the Dean Health Clinics, the staffs of Stoughton and St. Mary's Hospitals for their help and compassion over the years. We would also like to thank the Home Health nurses and the staff at Skaalen Home for taking such wonderful care of Bonnie. It was very much appreciated.