Maxine Swiggum, age 91, of Decorah, Iowa, died on April 14, 2017, at Aase Haugen Senior Services in Decorah.
Memorial Services were June 9, 2017 (her birthday), at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Decorah, with Pastor Amy (Zalk) Larson ‘96 officiating. Inurnment will be in North Kickapoo Lutheran Cemetery in Soldiers Grove, Wis., at a later date.
Bethel Maxine Swiggum was born June 9, 1925, in Soldier’s Grove, Wis., the daughter of Palmer and Ida (Halvorson) Swiggum. She was baptized and confirmed at North Kickapoo Lutheran Church in rural Soldier’s Grove. She attended Johnstown rural school and was a 1943 graduate of Soldier’s Gove High School, a 1949 graduate of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and then earned a Master’s Degree in Education for the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa. She was a teacher of business education at St. Peter, Minn., then Chatfield, Minn., followed by 26 years in Decorah High School until her retirement in 1987.
Maxine was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Decorah. She was a dedicated teacher. After retirement she liked to travel, attended many Elderhostel’s, and loved to play Scrabble. She often said that though she had no children she really had hundreds because she considered her office education students her children. And she was a good aunt to her nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Peter Swiggum ‘49 and Buel Swiggum.
Maxine is survived by her two sisters-in-law, Jean (Nesheim) Swiggum ‘48 of Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Eunice (Johnson) Swiggum ‘50 of Roseville, Calif.; seven nieces and nephews: David (Myrna) Swiggum, Mary (Swiggum) Monroe ’72 (Mark Monroe), Lois (Swiggum) Appel ‘75 (Tom Appel ’73), John Swiggum, Ruth Swiggum (Gene Rugg), Joanna (Swiggum) Petersen ‘77 (Norman Petersen ’77), Margaret (Swiggum) Little ’77 (Keith Little); 14 great nieces and nephews; and 12 great-great nieces and nephews.