Kathryn Swoffer age 94 of Walnut Grove passed away peacefully Monday, February 10, 2014 at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 14 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Walnut Grove. Visitation is 5:00-6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Walnut Grove Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Burial is in Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to Divine Providence Community Home. Stephens Funeral Service – Walnut Grove Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Kathryn Buyck (Swoffer) was born April 26, 1919 to Ernest and Angeline (Van de Voorde) Buyck. She was baptized, received her First Holy Communion, and was confirmed in the Catholic faith. Kathryn graduated from Walnut Grove High School in June 1937. Kathryn and Richard Swoffer were united in marriage in Tracy, Minnesota on July 13, 1937. She loved driving trips to Florida, Washington, and the Black Hills. Kathryn enjoyed gardening, working on the Sunday crossword puzzle, working on beautiful hand-made quilts, cooking and baking. Her pies and cakes were outstanding. Kathryn always fried the chicken for the yearly 4th of July, Lake Shetek, Swoffer family picnic. Her potato salad was the best. Kathryn was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church and their women’s auxiliary, serving one year as their president. She was a devoted, perceptive, loving, kind daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother. Kathryn adored her grandchildren. She was always positive and encouraged her children to obtain what they wanted out of life. On February 10, 2014 Kathryn died as she lived with unassuming grace and with consideration for others before herself.
Kathryn is survived by her five children: Marietta Swoffer (Henry) Faragalli of Philadelphia, PA, Michael (Sally) Swoffer of Spokane, WA, John (Donna) Swoffer of Cloverdale, CA, Suzanne Swoffer Hoffman of Durham, NC, and Pamela Swoffer (Bob) Ebbesen of Redwood Falls; 9 grandchildren: Henry Faragalli III, Katherine Faragalli Howard, Thomas M., Zachary P., Edward, Michael, and Richard Swoffer, Tatyana Hoffman Blankenship, and Elizabeth Ebbesen Touw; 11 great grandchildren; two nephews and a niece; and many other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Richard, siblings John (“Bob”), Martha, and Donald Buyck; and son-in-law Peter Hoffman.