February 25, 1921 – May 16, 2020
Born in Dawson, MN
Resided in Lincoln, NE

Marguerite (Swensen) Young

Marguerite (Swenson) Young, known to her friends as Marge, died May 16, 2020. She was born February 25, 1921, the daughter of George and Ruth Swenson, and grew up on the family farm near Dawson, MN. She attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, and got her Teaching degree from the University of Minnesota in 1942.  She taught sixth grade in Watervliet, MI and was a substitute teacher in Lincoln for many years.

Marge married Lyle E. Young on October 3, 1942, in Champaign, IL while he was on leave from being in the Army Air Corp. Soon after, Lyle left for the South Pacific in World War II and was gone for 2.5 years. When he came home he met his two-year-old daughter, Lois, for the first time. Lyle and Marge went on to have four children: Lois, Crystal, Thomas, and Nancy.

Marge was a member and an elder of Westminster Church since 1953 when the couple moved from Minneapolis to Lincoln. She was very involved in the community as the president of the Women of Westminster and UNL’s Faculty Women’s Club. She served on the state board of the League of Women Voters, and was a lobbyist to the Nebraska Unicameral. She was a charter member of the Lincoln Sewing Guild. Marge and Lyle helped start the SAGE lifelong learning organization (that became OLLI) and coordinated, attended, and led a number of their classes. In the 1970s she researched and wrote a family history for both the Swenson and Young sides of the family (without the internet). She loved writing essays about her life and issues that were important to her.

Marge and Lyle bought a mountain cabin in Meeker Park, Colorado in 1968 and spent many weeks there each summer, hiking and socializing with cabin friends. Their children and their families still enjoy spending time at “Young at Hearth”.

The couple were entrepreneurs and ran the Prairie Pines Christmas Tree Farm for many years, and started Trail Tags, which were cloth badges to commemorate hiking destinations in the National Parks. Marge was also a skilled seamstress and sewed for many women in Lincoln and for her family, including the wedding dresses for all three daughters. She loved to quilt, square dance, play bridge, and participate in writers’ groups.

In 2008, Marge published Dearest Marguerite: Letters from a Soldier to the Wife He Left Behind. The book contains excerpts from Lyle’s World War II letters. This book is a wonderful representation of what couples endured during that awful time in history.

In May 2011, Marge and Lyle moved to the Landing where she lived until her passing. Lyle died in 2012. The couple was married for 70 years and have four married children, eight grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren.

Survivors include:

  • Lois & Gary Abbuhl (Longmont, CO). Tim & Amber Abbuhl: Claire and Madeline (West Simsbury, CT). Amy & Ken Schenke: Jacob (Lee’s Summit, MO).
  • Crys & Jim Mach (Minden, NE). Jeff & Jane Mach: Hannah, Emmett, Charlie, Allison, Grace. (Lincoln, NE). Eric & Lisa Mach: Anton (Frisco, TX).
  • Tom Young & Wendi Coffman (Lincoln, NE). Amanda & Sean O’Rourke (Omaha, NE).
  • Nancy & Mark Moser (Overland Park, KS). Emily & Jimmy Toyne: Lily and Jamison (Spring Hill, KS). Carson & Mallory Moser: Evelyn, Jackson, Oliver, Oscar (Overland Park, KS). Laurel & Jake Conrad: Hazel (Olathe, KS)

A memorial service will be held at a later date. To contact family email Crys Mach at crysmach@yahoo.com.  In lieu of flowers send memorials to Cedars Home for Children or Westminster Presbyterian Church.


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