Eileen Y. Swanlund


NORMAL - Eileen Y. Swanlund, 87, of Normal, formerly of LaMoille, passed away Feb. 26, 2021 at OSF St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bloomington surrounded by her loving family.

A private family funeral service will be held on March 16 at Community United Methodist Church, LaMoille with Pastor David Jungnickel officiating. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery in LaMoille. Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota is assisting the family.

Eileen was born Feb. 13, 1934 in LaMoille to Kenneth and Treasie (Wirth) Einsele. She married Scott A. Swanlund on June 7, 1953 in LaMoille. He preceded her in death.

Survivors include one daughter Debbie (Don) Henderson; one son, Mark (Melodie) Swanlund; two grandsons, Aaron (Amy) Henderson and Paul (Ashley) Swanlund; two granddaughters, Christine (Rodney) Fundell and Teresa (Shane Seesengood) Yousef; six great grandchildren, Traven Henderson, Reid and Blake Henderson, Leena Yousef, Ethan Swanlund and Aiden Swanlund; one brother-in-law, Donald (Beverly) Swanlund; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one grandson, Michael Swanlund; and two sisters, Donna Jean Kearns and Mary Ann Hubbard Bullington.

Eileen was adored by her family, her friends and her church. She enjoyed reading and was always up for going out for ice cream. She showed her love for family and friends by sending cards for every occasion and sharing the many “goodies” she baked. She maintained a positive outlook through all the trials of her life and never failed to see the good in people. She was so very proud of her family and experienced no greater joy than spending time with them. Her church was also a very important part of her life. She was a long-standing member of the Community United Methodist Church and was involved with many groups and activities. Most recently, she was a member of the women’s Love Circle group. She spent several years as a choir member and especially enjoyed organ music during worship.

Memorials may be directed to Community United Methodist Church or LaMoille Ambulance Service. Online condolences may be left at www.merrittfh.com.