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Doris SvendsenDoris Marie Svendsen was born June 28th, 1930 near Olivet, SD to Solomon and Olive (Schmiedt) Grosz. She was baptized at Hoffningsthal Lutheran Church July 20th, 1930.
Her parents farmed near Olivet, SD and at age eleven the family moved to Sacramento, CA where most of her mother's family lived. Fear of living in Sacramento because of the war with Japan persuaded them to move back to South Dakota, near Yankton, in the spring of 1945.
On June 28th, 1948 Doris married Earl Svendsen at Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton, SD. In 1950 they started farming in the Volin area. Their son Randy was born in 1956.
Doris worked for Sacred Heart Hospital as a secretary on the medical floor for many years. She also worked at the Sister James Nursing Home in the activities department where she played countless hours on the piano and accordion entertaining the residents.
Doris loved music and also played organ, acoustic and electric guitar. She was a soloist for over 85 funerals and weddings. She sang in the Vangen Lutheran Church Choir and also taught Sunday school there.
After her husband, Earl, passed away in 1985 she became very active in a farming partnership with her son, Randy, for the next 30 years. She particularly enjoyed driving the trucks and tractors with being proud of only one mishap of colliding with a bridge with a piece of farm equipment in those 30 years. The neighbors also liked to joke that Doris could plant a straighter row of corn than Randy.
Love of her family, son Randy and his wife Valerie and grandsons Nikolas and Corey, was most important in her life.
Surviving are son Randy (Valerie) Svendsen; grandsons Nikolas Svendsen and his girlfriend Meagan Dion and Corey Svendsen; sister Carolyn (Melvin) Barington; and her much loved nieces and nephews: Linda, Pam, Cyndi, Laura, Beth, Marilyn, Robin, Dave, Dan, Mike, Marty, James, Steven, Leland, Tad, Gary, Brian, Mark, and their spouses.
Preceding her in death are her husband Earl Svendsen, brother Raymond Grosz and his wife Lou Grosz, parents Solomon and Olive Grosz, grandparents John and Anna Grosz, grandparents Julius and Maria Schmiedt, and nephew Jonathan Grosz.
My deepest sympathy Randy, Val and family in Doris' passing. You have a new angel watching over your in Heaven.
Cheryl (Helgerson) Angle Apr 26 2017 5:41 AM
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Doris. I can only imagine she will be playing accordion for the relatives that have passed on. I had fun times with Doris when I was in town and we went out on the town together. But beyond that she was a very deep spiritual person who lived her faith and kindness in daily life. God Bless your family Randy. I know you will miss her greatly.
Robin Swensen Apr 24 2017 7:40 AM
Randy, Val & family, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with each of you. Doris was always so kind & thoughtful & a pleasure to work with. She will be greatly missed. God Bless, with deepest sympathy.
Shar & Mark Peterson Apr 21 2017 11:36 PM
Carolyn and Randy and rest of the family. I am sad to hear this news, I always have loved Doris as she was so much fun at every family function. My mom, Esther and her were very close. Your sister Carolyn; and your mom Aunt Olive would stop by often and what a good time Doris was. I will miss her laughter and her kind spirit. May God be with all of you in your time of need. She will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Bobby Weber Apr 20 2017 9:05 PM
I will miss u so much Aunty . You always put a big smile on my face and I always enjoyed your singing & staying on the farm with you. Always in my prayers and the family. HUGS * KISSES!!
Cyndi Barington Dunlap Apr 19 2017 5:34 PM
Sorry for your loss Randy. I recall your parents bowling the Friday nite mixed league many, many years ago and count them as some of the people who "parented me" at Country Lanes.
Brian Bertsch Apr 19 2017 6:29 AM
Randy, Val, Nik, and Corey - you have our heartfelt sympathy in your loss. It's been some time since we have seen Doris, but my best memory will be her warm smile! Love and prayers.
Scott and Kristi Hauger Apr 18 2017 9:28 PM
We are so sorry to hear the news about your mother. Our condolences. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We will be thinking of you and the rest of the family. I will always remember her smile and her positive outlook on life. Her love of musicand you know no one can ever have too many accordions or organs to play. It is a gift to be able to create music. Aunt Doris, your spirit and music lives on!
Brian Svendsen Apr 18 2017 9:21 PM
So sorry to read of your mother's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you
Chuck and Carol Olson Apr 18 2017 5:50 PM
Doris, you are memorable! You were a ray of sunshine in so many lives and will be greatly missed. I can already hear you singing in the heavenly choir
Cathy Dickinson Apr 18 2017 4:56 PM