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Elaine (Kluzak) Sweeney

Elaine (Kluzak) Sweeney, age 91, of Bemidji, Minn., died Thursday, February 26, 2009 at the North Country Regional Hospital, Bemidji, Minn.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Bemidji, Minn. with Pastor Matthew Wurm officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Monday, March 2, 2009 at the Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home with a 7 p.m. prayer service. Visitation will also be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery, Northern Township, Bemidji, Minn. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home, Bemidji, Minn.

Honorary bearers: Donald and Mabel Emery, Rodney and Amelia Bray, David Jansen, Betty Swartz, Douglas and Adeline Teigland, Robert "Bob" Vincent.

Casket bearers: Chad and Stacie Lancaster, Steffan Lancaster, Shane Lancaster, Levi Lancaster, David and Joyce Thompson, Richard "Butch" and Elaine Schaumburg.

Elaine Meyer was born April 1, 1917 to August and Molly (Charlson) Meyer in East Grand Forks, Minn. She was baptized and confirmed at the Presbyterian Church in East Grand Forks, Minn. and then was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Missouri Synod. She grew up and attended school through 8th grade in East Grand Forks, Minn. She met and married Frank Kluzak on November 26, 1935 in East Grand Forks, Minn. In 1942 they purchased land in Northern Township and built their home, where they established their farm and raised their two children. Frank died on May 15, 1974. She met and married Donald Sweeney on January 31, 1976, where they continued to live on the farm. Elaine went to work at Patterson's Clothing in Bemidji doing tailoring for 18 years, retiring in 1974. After retiring she continued to do sewing and tailoring for many of her friends and neighbors. She made many of her own outfits. She loved her vegetable garden, doing lots of canning and providing vegetables and produce for the Trinity Lutheran Church rummage sales and fall dinners. She also loved her flower garden, raising many flowers and beautiful gladiolas and placing them on the altar at Trinity Lutheran Church. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, and Honorary Member of the Ladies Aid and a member of the Busy Fingers Sewing Circle.

She is survived by her husband, Donald of Bemidji; one son, Duane (Patricia) Kluzak of Bemidji; one grandson Chad (Stacie) Lancaster of Mason City, Iowa; three great-grandsons, Steffan Lancaster, Shane Lancaster and Levi Lancaster of Mason City, Iowa; nieces and nephews and many close friends and neighbors.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Frank Kluzak; daughter, Judi (Kluzak) Wolff; two infant sons at birth; sister, Vivian Bachmann.

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