Sunday, September 22, 2019

Katherine Bell-Swenson, 96, Kasson

Katherine Bell-Swenson died May 20, 2016 at Prairie Meadows Senior Living in Kasson.  

The former Katherine Blatti was born Feb. 6, 1920 in Milton Township, Dodge County.  She attended the Mantorville School and lived with her sister and brother-in-law, Edna and Henry Schleeter.

She married Carroll Bell on Aug. 26, 1936.  They lived in Byron until the time of her husband’s death on March 23, 1989.  They had three children; Calvin, Orlie and Jean.  On Oct. 24, 1992, she married Emmeth Swenson of New Richland and moved to Ellendale.

Katherine was an assistant cook in the Byron School System.  For four of those years, she was cafeteria manager.  She worked at St. Marys Hospital in the dietary department.  She then served as secretary of the Byron Review from 1975-1976.  She was an active member of the Byron United Methodist Church, the Byron American Legion Auxiliary, where she was a Gold Star Mother, and the Zumbro Valley Grange.

After she retired from St. Marys Hospital, she joined their retirement club.  Kay was also active in SEMCAC at Ellendale.  She was a very active in volunteer work.  She always maintained her allegiance to the town of Byron.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Katherine Blatti; six brothers, Lawrence, Melvin, Garfield, George, Ed and Harold; her son Orlie who was a Navy Fireman 1st Class and died Aug. 12, 1962; daughter Jean who died Feb. 6, 1962; husband Carroll Bell who died on March 23, 1989 and husband Emmeth Swenson who died on Oct. 25, 2005.

She is survived by her son, Calvin of Seekonk, Mass.; his son Brian, wife Jessica and their son Garrett of Dickinson, N.D.; sister-in-law Leona Blatti of Kasson and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at United Methodist Church in Byron on Friday, May 27,with Pastor Beth Perez officiating.  Burial followed at the Byron Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Mayo Hospice, the United Methodist Church, Byron or a charity of your choice.

Dibble Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kasson was in charge of arrangements.  

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