March 31, 1932-Aug. 30, 2011
BALATON - A memorial service for Texas S. Swanjord, 79, of Balaton, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sillerud Lutheran Church, rural Balaton. A vigil and meditation will be from 4-7 p.m. today at Balaton United Methodist Church. Burial will be at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Skandia township, rural Balaton.
Texas died Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011.
Texas Sabine Swanjord was born March 31, 1932, in New Haven, Conn., to Robert and Vivian (Buckley) Sabine. After high school in Guilford, Conn., Texas went to Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. She and Gordon Whiteman of Guilford were the parents of Mark, Leigh, Kevin, Jason and Bradford Whiteman, and lived in Guilford and Madison, where Texas was active in civic, educational, religious and business life.
Texas and Don Swanjord were married Nov. 18, 1976, in New Haven. She received a master's degree in environmental education in Connecticut, and a master's in counseling and a Ph.D in rural sociology at South Dakota State University. Texas and Don lived in Iran, Yemen, Kuwait, and Iraq where they taught and administered education programs at universities and for the U.S. State Department.
Texas lived permanently in the Balaton community since 1992; she taught counseling, sociology and education at SDSU and Southwest Minnesota State University. Texas was one of the founders of Community Nursery School in Guilford, Yankton Country School in Balaton, and Worthington Area Language Academy (WALA), where she was also board chair for several years.
Survivors include her husband, Don, of Balaton; son, Mark (and Vicki) Whiteman of West Chester, Pa.; daughter, Leigh Whiteman (and Jefri Ruchti) of Guilford, Conn.; son, Kevin (and Karen) Whiteman of Madison, Conn.; son, Jason (and Tracy) Whiteman of Oakland, Calif.; son, Bradford (and Maria Sappe) Whiteman of Guilford, Conn.; friend Max (and Stephanie) Peterson of Mankato; friend Beth Hyams of Portland, Ore.; grandchildren Blake (and Tim Roberts), Brittany, Nolan, Graham, Blayne, Brianna, Madison, Benjamin, Emery, Brin and Bowen; great-grandchildren Kyla and Robin; nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.