Howard (Swede) Syverson
Dec. 4, 1929 — Jan. 8, 2017
Mr. Howard (Swede) Syverson of Oconomowoc entered the gates of heaven into new life on January 8, 2017.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Anna Syverson; his siblings, Elizabeth, Ester, Doug, Harold, June, Dorothy, Bob and Tony; and his loving wife, Doreen Syverson. He is survived by his children Cheryl Kuhlman, Lisa Syverson and Juliette Fox, and his many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
“Swede” was born in Minnesota on December 4, 1929, to William and Anna Syverson. He proudly served his country in the Korean War as a first class sergeant from June, 27, 1950 to June, 26, 1953. After being discharged with honorable mention, Swede worked as a farmhand for Charlie and Shelly Kotovic. He then developed his own trade as a mason, owning his business “Swedes Masonry,” and contributed to Wee Know school as a custodian, where he always held a special place in his heart for the students and staff. On October 27, 1979, he married the love of his life, Doreen.
Swede loved to travel with Doreen, and took a yearly trip to Phoenix during the winter months. He was a hardworking man who enjoyed his trade, laying brick on historical land marks. His family was the most important treasure to Swede, alongside being a proud veteran. He marched yearly in the Memorial Day parade, and was an active community member. He had always loved card games, especially in his later years at Wilkinson Manor playing sheepshead with his weekly card group.
Visitation and funeral (Celebration of Life) will be held this Saturday, January 14, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ at 815 S. Concord Road, Oconomowoc. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The funeral (Celebration of Life) will be from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. followed by cake and celebration of an amazing father, uncle, grandfather and husband who touched all our lives in so many ways.
A special heartfelt thank you to the staff, nurses and CNAs at Three Pillars Senior Living Communities for their relentless and outpouring love they generously gave to our father daily.
We are so grateful for the care and compassion shown to our father at AngelsGrace Hospice during his last few days before his peaceful transition into heaven, where our Lord greeted him with open arms, and our mom at his side.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be written out to Angels-Grace Hospice for those who cannot afford this special care in their last stages of life.
Schmidt & Bartelt Notbohm- Kreutzmann Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family. For more information, call 262-567-4459 or visit online at www.schmidtandbartelt.com.