Marjorie Lucille Kent Swanson, age 93, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on March 13th, 2019

Swanson MarjorieA bright light has joined the heavens, Marjorie Lucille Kent Swanson, age 93, second child of the late Ernest W. and Bernice Hodge Kent, sister of Evelyn Kent Overacker, half-sister of Ernest Kent, passed away surrounded by her family.

Marjorie was born June 20, 1925 in Onarga, Illinois.  On September 27, 1925 her parents moved to Peoria, Illinois, where her father worked at Midland Baking Company.  In November 1934 her parents separated. Marjorie, her mother and sister Evelyn moved in with Albert and Amanda Hodge, Marjorie’s grandparents, near Goodwine, Illinois.

Marjorie attended Amity Grade School through the 8th grade, and her teacher was Edythe Wilmoth. She twirled baton with the Milford Marching Band under the direction of Mr. Piersol. She acted in school plays and was active in student government.

After graduation in 1943, Marjorie went to Chicago to work in the Army War Bond Office. On May 8, 1954, Marjorie married the late Earl Swanson, Jr. of Elmhurst, Illinois. Earl served in the Navy for 2 years.  Marjorie worked for the Department of Defense at O’Hare Airport and Toys R Us in Lombard, Illinois.

Marjorie and Earl owned and operated three different restaurant/taverns for 20 years before Earl was elected the Highway Commissioner for York Township.

Marjorie was one in a million. Her motto was “The more you laugh the longer you live!” She would regularly stop when eating out or shopping and recognize people of all ages for laughing. She was spunky and always looked at the positive side of the issue. She had a big heart and in her later years was known as the neighborhood “eyes on the street”. She enjoyed sitting in her front window and waving at all who passed by. When out in her yard or next store at Rich and Irene’s front porch, friends would stop by to share a laugh.

She had a great memory and quick wit. Years later she remembered her customers in the tavern by both their name and their drink. She kept them laughing as she did her co-workers in her other jobs. She enjoyed golfing until she was 90 years old and broke her hip.

Most of all she loved her husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. No one had more love in their heart and fun in their soul then Marjorie!

Earl and Marjorie are the parents of 5 children and a large growing and loving family.

Grace Swanson (Robert Pastiak). Children: Anne Elizabeth (Pastiak) LaPietra, married to William LaPietra, Ames, Iowa. Brian Edward Pastiak and Catherine Marie Pastiak

Larry Swanson, married to Julie Elbrecht Swanson. Children: Lauren Elizabeth (Swanson) Persino married to Louis Persino, daughters Lilah Beth and Emersyn Lou. Adam Christopher Swanson, Alexander Ross Swanson and fiancé Abigail Buckels

Earl Edward Swanson III, married to Pam Ruble Swanson. Children: Anthony Michael Swanson married to Christina Fay Swanson sons Blake Austin, Theo Maverick, and one on the way. Charles Thomas Swanson, daughter Lily Anna Swanson. Earl Edward Swanson IV married to Eva Pula Swanson daughter Raelyn Mei. Aubrey Elizabeth (Swanson) Hadley daughter Elizabeth Clair Hadley and Logan Patrick Hadley

Ronald Eric Swanson (Barbara Eckis). Children: Eric Ryan Swanson married to Amanda (Dennis) Swanson, Jonathan Russell Swanson and Emily Kathleen Swanson

Jennifer Sue (Swanson) Miller (Fredrick III). Children: Sherie Marie (Miller) Sprindis married to Tom Sprindis, daughters Lucille Ann and Abigail Sue. Gary Scott Miller and Fredrick Robert Miller IV.

A Visitation will be held Saturday, March 16, Noon to 5:00 PM with a funeral service at 4:00 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard, IL – WEAR RED!  Call 888-629-0094 for information.


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  1. Lucille & Elwyn Taylor says:

    Grace and Family,
    We have just read Marjorie’s Obituary. We are sorry that we never got to meet her, eat at her restaurant or have a drink in her tavern. She had a fine memory and the gift of being able to laugh in life. She brought that trait to others whom she met. Her effervescence remains with you. She is not present now to make a quick phone call to her. Those must have brightened her day and yours. She was blessed with a long life. We extend our sympathy to you in your loss. We’ll wear red in Ames, IA.

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