Adeline I. Swella, 83, of Decorah, died Wednesday evening, Sept. 4, 2013, at Barthell O.E.S. Home in Decorah. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at Decorah Lutheran Church, with Rev. David Sorensen and Rev. Bryan Robertson officiating. Burial was in Phelps Cemetery in Decorah. Visitation began at 1 p.m. Sunday, one hour before the service, at Decorah Lutheran Church. Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah served the family. Online condolences may be made at fjelstul.com. Organist was Kathy Murray. Congregational hymns "Beautiful Savior," "Let All Things Now Living," "Love Divine, All Love Excelling" and "Lift High the Cross." Casket bearers were Dr. Eugene J. Swella, Jr., son, Robert Smedsrud and David Kinsinger, sons-in-law, Robert Smedsrud and Eric Smedsrud, grandsons and Shane McMahon, grandson-in-law. Interment was at Phelps Cemetery, Decorah.
Adeline Irene (Pfister) Swella was born July 15, 1930, at home in rural Clayton County, the only child of Fredrick W. and Olga (Baker) Pfister. She was baptized at East Clermont Lutheran Church and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Postville. She graduated from Postville High School. Adeline attended and graduated from Business College in Davenport. While there, she met Eugene Swella at Fisher's Grill on Brady Street. Eugene was attending Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, a couple of blocks away from the coffee shop and from her college. Adeline was united in marriage to Dr. Eugene J. Swella June 9, 1955, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Davenport. This union was blessed with four children: Eugene, Rebecca, Jacqueline and Jeffrey. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years in Decorah, where they raised their family and Eugene had the Swella Chiropractic Clinic. She later went to work as a receptionist at the clinic. Adeline was a very active member of Decorah Lutheran Church; she loved teaching Sunday school for many years, was chairperson of the Nordic Fest Dinner for over 25 years and was very involved in D.L.C. Women, Circle and Bible Study. She also enjoyed playing bridge, golfing and loved to cook. In 1994, after Eugene's retirement, they wintered in St. Petersburg, Fla. and enjoyed summers in Decorah.
Adeline is survived by one son, Dr. Eugene J. (Dr. Dianne) Swella, Jr. of Yucca Valley, Calif..; two daughters, Dr. Rebecca (Robert) Smedsrud of Decorah and Jacqueline (David) Kinsinger of Buffalo; six grandchildren: Rachael Swella Smedsrud (Shane) McMahon, Meghan Swella (Fiancé Nicholas Norton), Mariya Swella, Robert Smedsrud, Eric Smedsrud and Victoria Jade Swella; and by a great-granddaughter, Caitlin Jo McMahon.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Eugene, March 24, 2002; one son, Jeffrey J. Swella, D.C., Oct. 30, 2004; two grandsons, Matthew James Swella and Myles Joseph Swella; and one granddaughter, Marissa Joy Swella.