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June 22, 1946 – Sunday, October 30, 2011

Service Information
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
12:00pm

Visitation Information
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
9:00am – 12:00pm

Mary Helen Swartzer, age 65, of Buffalo, MN died Sunday, October 30, 2011 at St. Cloud Hospital. Mary Helen loved life and fought hard against cancer for 8 years.
She was born to Leo and Rufina (Ramola) Florek on June 22,1946 in Watertown, MN.
Mary Helen graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic School in Waverly in 1964. On December 2, 1967, Mary Helen married Eugene Swartzer. She lived in Montrose and Delano before moving to Buffalo in 1988. Mary Helen worked at Napa in Delano for many years as a bookkeeper. She was a member of the Delano Legion Auxiliary, Northwest Deanery and was involved in the Boy Scouts.
She is survived by husband, Eugene; children: Michelle (Mike) Baker of Sauk Rapids, MN, Paul Swartzer of Park Rapids, MN, Margaret (Scott) Tornio of Appleton, WI and Jane (Tim) Kiphuth of Monticello, MN; grandchildren: Matthew, Mitchell, Marshall and Mackenzie Alger, Cody and Ashlee Swartzer, Ian Paulson, Alex Tornio, Wyatt and Addison Kiphuth; brother: Kevin (Pat) Florek; sisters: Karen (Alan)Hoskins and Janyse Florek.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Mass of Christian Burial took place at noon on Wednesday, November 2 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo. Visitation took place Wednesday morning prior to Mass. Interment will follow at Fort Snelling National Cemetery at a later date.
The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo assisted the family with arrangements.

5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Judy and Lloyd Beaudry

    Dear Gene and children,
    Our deepest sympathy to you on Mary Helen’s passing. She was a very dedicated worker in everything she did. She loved her husband, her children, and grandchildren. She especially loved Our Lord and His Mother. She was a great cook and kept a great home! I loved traveling with her to CCW conventions and events. We learned a lot together.
    I will miss her very much. I pray for peace for your family. The last years must have been difficult for all of you, not knowing the future of her health.
    God bless you all.
    Sincerely, Judy and Lloyd

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  2. Dianne Krueger

    Dear Gene and family,
    I am on the ACCW Board and met Mary Helen several years ago. She was always such a nice, cheery peson to talk to and work with. You have my deepest sympathy at this difficult time. I will pray that time will ease your grief but that your memories of Mary Helen are bountiful.
    Dianne Krueger

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  3. Carrie Wunderlich

    Maggie & Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. We will be thinking of you all during this time.
    Chad, Carrie & Emma Wunderlich

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  4. Doug and Deb Henline

    We are very sorry for your loss. We hope that your memories will bring you comfort.

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  5. David & Debbie Larsen

    Words cannot express how sorry we are to hear of your loss of your Mother. She is at peace with our Lord now. Amen

    Reply

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