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Orabelle Swanson, 99

Orabelle Marjorie Swanson, 99, of Chetek, peacefully passed away in her sleep on Tuesday, April 9, at Knapp Haven Nursing Home in Chetek, Wis.

Orabelle was born on Feb. 1, 1914, in Lake Forest, Ill., the daughter of Adolf and Frieda (Semph) Johnson. Orabelle and Bert married in 1935 in Lodi, Wis. She worked in food service as a cook in the Wisconsin Rapids school systems. After 70 years of marriage, Bert passed away in 2005. They lived in Sheboygan for 43 years and Wisconsin Rapids. After retirement, Orabelle and Bert moved to River Falls and Chetek where they remained until their passing. They also spent many years wintering in Florida and Arizona.

Orabelle enjoyed crocheting and provided many afghans for families and friends throughout the years. She was extremely fond of having children visit with her and cherished those moments.

Orabelle leaves special memories to her daughter, Simone (Jake) Jacobs of Chetek, Wis., and Tavares, Fla.; two grandsons, Burt (Staci) Jacobs of Greenacres, Wash., and Hans Jacobs of Chetek. Orabelle was the proud great-grandmother of Austin, Collin, Emma, Brett Jacobs; and one nephew, Carl (Marge) Johnson of Ada, Wis. Also survived by other nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Adolf and Frieda Johnson; husband, Bert Swanson; brother, Norman Johnson; and nephew Roger Johnson.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, at Burnham-Ours-Kolstad Family Funeral Home in Chetek. Orabelle's family will receive guests 1 hour prior to the service. Orabelle's cremains will be laid to rest alongside her husband, Bert, at the Lutheran Cemetery in Sheboygan, Wis., at a later date.

The Burnham-Ours-Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Chetek has been entrusted with arrangements. To express condolences online, please visit

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