Susan Swan


Susan Swan Susan “Sue” Elaine Swan, age 63 of Lake Shetek, passed away on Sunday, August 23, 2015 at her home after a courageous battle with cancer. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 28 at Sillerud Lutheran Church near Balaton. Visitation is 5:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday at the Tracy Area Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Private family burial will be at a later date in the Sillerud Lutheran Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at Stephens Funeral Service – Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Susan Elaine Swan was born on January 1, 1952 in Tracy, MN to her parents, Ervin and Adeline Scharfe. Sue graduated from Balaton High School in 1970 and attended Abbott Northwestern Nursing School in Minneapolis, graduating in 1973. She married her high school sweetheart, Jim Swan, on July 21, 1973 at Sillerud Lutheran Church in Balaton. In 1975, Sue and Jim built a home on Lake Yankton in Balaton. The couple moved to Lamberton in 1979, where Jim worked at Meadowland Farmers Cooperative and Sue worked at Sanford Hospital in Tracy. In 2014, Jim and Sue moved to a home on Lake Shetek.

Sue was a loving and supportive daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and co-worker. She loved to help other people and had a passion for nursing. She would always lend her ear and give you great advice followed by a big hug. Sue was very talented and had a beautiful singing voice. She loved to sing and play the piano with her family. She enjoyed spending time on the lake and boating on the Mississippi River with friends. Traveling to Grand Marais for a girl’s week with her sisters had always been a highlight of the summer for her. Sue had a personality that would fill the room with love and laughter. She is loved by so many and will be greatly missed.

Sue is survived by her mother, Adeline Scharfe of Balaton; husband, Jim Swan of Slayton; daughter and son-in-law, Betsy and Curt Saffert of Springfield; her son and daughter-in-law, Craig and Renee Swan of Howell, MI; her sisters and brothers, Amy Seaton, Mary Gorman (Ray), Neal Scharfe (Robin), Jane Johnson (Ralph), Becky Schmidt (Russ), John Scharfe (Wanda), Jennifer Roepke (Scott), Sally Reese; four grandchildren, Samantha, Brody, August “Gus”, and Hunter; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her father, Ervin Scharfe; and her twin son and daughter, Benjamin James and Jamie Suzanne.


  1. Becky Aanderson Germscheid says:

    My heart goes out to all of you at this very difficult time! You are all in my thoughts and prayers

  2. Gordy & Beth Jacobs says:

    Jim & Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you! We are so sorry for the loss of Sue! My God guide you through
    the difficult days ahead.

    Gordy & Beth

  3. Patty Kirk-Seymour says:

    My thoughts and prayers for the Swan family.

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