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Bernetta L. Swift, 85, of Glencoe

Bernetta L. Swift, 85, of Glencoe, died Saturday, March 14, 2015, at the Glencoe Regional Health Services — Long Term Care.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 17, at St. John’s Church, rural Biscay, Hassan Valley Township, McLeod County. The Rev. Robert Taylor officiated, and Mary Huebert was the organist. Special music by Robin Swift included “Softly and Tenderly,” by Chandler Swift was “To God Be the Glory,” and by Ellen Tracy, “Blessings.” The congregational hymn was “I Know Whom I Have Believed.”
Honorary casket bearers were her nieces and nephews. Casket bearers were Cory Garoutte, Dave Mackenthun, Glen Sladek, Dave Sanken, Doug Block and Roger Trimbo.
Interment was in the church cemetery.
Bernetta Lorraine (Jasmer) Swift was born June 28, 1929, at home in Bartlett Township, Todd County. She was the daughter of Adolph and Emma (Ellis) Jasmer. She was baptized as an infant on July 14, 1929, by the Rev. F. Brash, and was confirmed in her faith as a youth by the Rev. Paul Brill, both at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bartlett Township. She received her elementary education in District 113, rural Aldrich, Bartlett Township, and was a graduate of Verndale High School. She furthered her education in Staples and received off-campus teacher training through Bemidji State College. She taught in rural schools for nine years in Todd and Ottertail counties.
On June 22, 1957, she was united in marriage to Richard Swift at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bartlett Township. After their marriage, the couple resided in rural Herman, where they farmed. She was a loving mother, homemaker and farmer, retiring in January 1990. The couple moved to Glencoe in 1998.
Mrs. Swift was a member of St. John’s Church in Hassan Valley Township and was a former member of First Presbyterian Church in Elbow Lake and Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bartlett Township. She was an active member of the women’s groups in all the churches she attended. In her younger years, she was a member of the Homemakers Group and the Red Hat Society.
Mrs. Swift enjoyed reading, gardening and playing Scrabble. She loved family and the special blessing of grandchildren, spending one week at a lake cabin with her siblings and spouses each summer, and watching good movies.
When her daily care became more than could be managed at home, Mrs. Swift became a resident of Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care.
She is survived by her husband, Richard Swift of Glencoe; sons, Timothy (Melanie) Swift of Bellevue, Wash., and David (Celine) Swift of Glencoe; grandchildren, Andrew and Alina Swift, and Chandler, Robin and Isaac Swift; sister, Eleanor (Everett) Ostland of Carbonado, Wash.; son-in-law, Randy (Mary) Westrum of Loveland, Colo.; sister-in-law, Irene Jasmer of New Prague; nieces; nephews; other relatives; and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Adolph and Emma Jasmer; daughter, Cynthia Kay (Swift) Westrum; grandson, Cameron Swift; sister, Ruth (Eskil) Holmquist; and brothers, Delbert Jasmer and Elsworth (Bernita) Jasmer.
Arrangements were by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com.