HOLDEN, Mass. – Nancy L. (Kempster) Swenson, 81, of Holden died peacefully at the Lutheran Home in Worcester on Monday, August 27, 2012.
Nancy was born and raised in Dorchester, the only child of William R. and Leila E. (Boles)
Kempster and graduated from Jeremiah E. Burke High School. Nancy attended Lowell Technical College, learning about textile design. She was multi-talented and loved sewing, cooking, music, gardening, crafts and reading. Most important to her were children, her beloved pets and of
course, her family.
Nancy lived in many of the Northeastern states over the years and was active in church and scouting programs. In Shrewsbury, she was a Cub Scout den mother. In Bellows Falls, VT, she was a choir mother. In Watertown, CT, she was a Girl Scout and Boy Scout leader, a choir mother and helped fundraise, purchase and support the beginning of a bell choir. In Bethlehem, PA, she was a scout leader and active church member at the Moravian Church where she helped the church incorporate hand bells into their worship.
In 1980, Nancy returned to Jefferson, Massachusetts with her family and began her own business, Nan’s Doll Corner (repairing and restoring dolls, antique or otherwise) and owned and ran The Paper Station on Main Street in Holden from the mid to late 1980s.
Nan leaves her loving husband of 60 years, E. Alfred Swenson of Holden; her two children, James E. Swenson of Holden and Karen C. (Swenson) Habegger and her husband Timothy M. of Watertown, CT; four grandchildren, Emily A. Barry and her husband Shawn, Jacob T. Habegger, Nathaniel J. Habegger, and Nicholas J. Swenson and two great-grandchildren, Keira R. and Shawn J. Barry.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Friday, August 31, 2012, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., immediately followed by a funeral service at Miles Funeral Home, 1158 Main Street, Holden. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. at the Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, 111 Glenallen Street in Winchendon.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Tribute Fund of the Mohegan Council of the Boy Scouts of America, 19 Harvard Street, Worcester, MA 01609 or to The Perkins School for the Blind, 175 North Beacon Street, Watertown, MA 02472.
To share a memory or offer a condolence, visit www.milesfuneralhome.com.