Joy Swenson ran the church nursery


Joy L. Swenson, 73, of Roscoe, IL, was employed by Warner Lambert for 40 years. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Loves Park where she ran the nursery.

Joy passed away Sunday, September 18, 2022, in her home. She was born November 2, 1948, in Rockford, IL, the daughter of Leif M. and Tora (Staff) Ingebretsen. At age 30, she married Gary L. Swenson on May 26, 1979, in Loves Park.  Joy enjoyed reading, puzzles books, watching the Hallmark Channel, movies, playing games, boating with family on the Rock River, spending time with her family and most of all, spoiling her nieces, nephews, and cats.

Survivors include her sister, Nancy (Sonny) Milani; brother-in-law, Jack (Linda) Schelin; sister-in-law, DeDe (Jessie) Pipkin; nieces and nephews, Colleen (Eric) Tryggestad, Raymond (Vanessa) Ingebretsen, Robin (Mike) Chandler, Julie (Erik) Lindberg, Debbie (Kyle) Johansen, Vern Allen (Cindy) Borah, Butch (Amanda) Elmer, Christine (Joe) Watters, Nadine Borah, Jack Schelin, Randy Smith, Linda Smith, Beth (Junior) Castro, Cindy (Oli) Willrich, and Teresa (Scott) Miller; special great-nieces and nephews, Gage, Kayla, Brittney, Kelsea, Alexis, Thomas, Logan, and Erica; several great-great-nieces and nephews; faithful felines, Rainbow and April Ann. She was predeceased by her parents, husband, and brother, Richard Ingebretsen.

Memorial service at 11 a.m. Friday, September 30, 2022, in Grace Lutheran Church, 343 Grand Ave., Loves Park, with visitation from 10 a.m. to service time. Inurnment in Scandinavian Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, you may send memorials to Grace Lutheran Pre-School Scholarship. Arrangements were made by Delehanty Funeral Home, Loves Park.

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