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Velma Swedlund - August 18, 2011


Velma L. Swedlund was born in Sedgwick July 25, 1928 to Edwin and Gladys Chapin. She died Aug. 18, 2011 at Bethany Rehab Center in Lakewood.

Memorial service will be held at Olinger Crown Hill, 7777 W. 29th Ave., Wheatridge, Colo. Friday, Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. Graveside service and memorial will be held at Fleming Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. following the memorial service.

Velma grew up in the Sedgwick area and moved to the Colorado Springs area at an early age. Most of her early memories were from that area. It is there where she enjoyed playing in the creek in the summer and playing in the snow in the winter.

Being the oldest of six siblings, she had the responsiblity of assisting in the care of her brothers and sisters and taking care of the home. It was there, at the age of 12, that she received Jesus Christ as her Savior at a tent revival through the Friends Church. This had a great impact on her life.

During her teenage years, the family moved to the Fleming area to assist with her uncle’s farm. She finished her high school years at Fleming High.

It was at that time she met her husband of 57 years, Raymond Swedlund, through a mutual friend. They were married June 2, 1946 in Fleming. To this marriage, four children were born.

In the late 1950s, Velma approached Raymond to work with him in the banking business, which helped develop her business skills. She worked at the Fleming bank until the family moved to Holyoke in 1967, where she began working at the Pioneer bank in Holyoke.

In 1971, Velma became the Holyoke City Clerk and held that position for 19 years until her retirement in 1990. She was very proud of her accomplishments and all of the great friends she met through that position.

Velma was a member of the Holyoke Golf Club and was an avid golfer. She participated in several golf tournaments, which was a motivation for her to stay healthy.

She was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church, which gave her great pride. She enjoyed participating in Bible studies. During her retirement years, she enjoyed traveling with her husband Ray to various seventh core Army reunions. One of her fondest memories was the trip she took with her sister Darlene to Branson, Mo.

It was during her retirement that she enjoyed her hobbies of painting, golfing, traveling and trips to Central City.

In April 2008, Velma moved to Sunrise Assisted Living in Westminster to be closer to her daughter where she could be assisted with her care.

Being closer to family, she was able to participate in family functions with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In November 2010 she moved to Bethany Rehabilitation Center, where she received great care until her death.

Velma was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond; two children, Beth Lehr and Bradley Swedlund; and two brothers, Carl and Lawrence Chapin.

She is survived by her son, Terry Swedlund and wife Susan of Clayton, Ohio; daughter, Christina Kafka and husband Joe of Westminster; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two sisters; one brother; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bethany Rehabilitation Center, 5301 W. 1st St., Lakewood, CO 80226 in Velma’s honor.