Hedy Sophia Swenson

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October 29, 1932 ~ June 2, 2018

Hedy Sophia Swenson, 85, Brandon, died Saturday, June 2, 2018, at her home.

Visitation with family present will be 5-7pm, Thursday, June 7, 2018, at Heartland Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 11:00am, Friday June 8, at Heartland Funeral Home, with visitation beginning one hour prior. Interment will follow at Beaver Valley Lutheran Cemetery.

Hedy Sophia Dementevas was born October 29, 1932, in Lithuania, to Alexander and Joanna (Wisenberg) Dementevas. At a very young age Hedy escaped from the Communists and Nazis and lived in a survivor placement camp in Germany. Hedy was able to travel to the United States as a teenager and settled at DeSmet, SD with her brother before moving to the Brandon area and marrying Eugene Swenson. They settled on a family farm northwest of Corson, SD. The couple had three daughters and Hedy worked very hard to raise them and work as a homemaker, gardening and vegetable planting on their farm. When the children were finally raised and in school, Hedy went to work for several different organizations, in the kitchen has a salad maker at the Brandon Steakhouse, the Corson Cafe, Citibank’s employee kitchen, and eventually went to work at ESI or Electronics Systems Incorporated where she manufactured circuit boards in the assembly line. This experience taught Hedy a great self worth for a person who never finished high school but was very determined to know how to speak and write in English. This was a job beyond all comprehension.

Hedy’s love for her family was endless. Although she believed that everyone must work for everything and earn it, she was also very generous and helping anyone who needed something. She enjoyed gardening; flowers of every type bloomed around her home. She still loved to raise vegetables and canned and make sure everyone had plenty of preserves.

Hedy’s faith was so important to her, having escaped from Nazi Germany. She maintained her faith when she migrated to the United States. She was a very active member of the Beaver Valley Lutheran Church and the Swedona Covenant Church. Her wish was for everyone to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and to share in the glory of God’s love.

Hedy is survived by her three daughters, Ingrid Briggle, Lennox, Donna (Jay) Schwartz, Brandon, and Marilyn (J.) Patzig, Sedona, AZ; seven grandchildren, Theresa (Adam) Aberle, Huntsville, AL, Amy (Matt) East, Lennox, Joe Schwartz, Brandon, Jenna (Ruben) Sanchez, Stephenville, TX, Jane (Jon) Grieme, Commerce City, CO, and Jackson Schwartz, Austin, TX, Mandy Aslesen, Mesa, AZ; eleven great-grandchildren, Austin, Alex, Aaron, Devin, Lexi, Madi, Carter, Braeden, Ava, Emma Jane and Owen; sister, Olga Nenortas, Cherokee, IA; one niece, Sylvia Nenortas; and three nephews, Viktor, Alex and Gene Nenortas.

Hedy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; grandson, Jeremy Schwartz; son-in-law, Bill Briggle; brother, Alex Dementevas; and brother-in-law, Stacy Nenortas.

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  • Nancy Gross says:

    Dear Donna,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. I know that sting now for 9 years. I pray that all she taught you and all the memories will be a comfort to you and that the knowledge that you will see her again will be a great comfort to you and your family. God bless you in the days ahead.

  • Rita Meyer says:

    You don’t know me, but I worked with Hedy at ESI. She was such a dear lady, and we all adored her. I remember that we would sometimes get packing slips and billing documentation from a company in Germany, and she would translate them for us. Oh, she was such a sweetheart. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. I know her faith was strong and that is truly a blessing to know she will be waiting for you in heaven. May that give you comfort in the days ahead.

  • Kathy Emerson says:

    So sorry for your loss. I know she raised 3 strong girls. God bless and take care.

  • Cindy Dyer says:

    I started at Citibank in 1985 and Hedy taught me how to make pizza . Hedy was a remarkable person. I only wish I would have stayed in contact with her. She always made the time for me. I am sorry to hear of her passing. She would speak in German and I could listen to that all day. My thoughts and prayers to her family.

  • Tim & Lonnie Saulsbury says:

    June 8, 2018

    To: Jay & Donna and family:

    We want to extemd our deepest sympathy to each of you at this time – losing a
    parent is so very difficult; we will surely remember each of you in prayer; your mom,
    Donna, will be missed very much, but, Hedy is now in the presence of her precious Lord and Savior!! May you feel God’s love and comfort in your lives at this time! We send
    you our love.

    Love & prayers,

    Tim & Lonnie (Saulsbury)
    Florence, AZ

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