Jean L. Schwiesow, 93, of Madison passed away on Wednesday, September 13, 2023 at
Bethel Lutheran Home in Madison. Funeral services will begin at 10:30 am on Monday,
September 18 at St. John Lutheran Church with burial following at Graceland Cemetery.
Visitation with family present will begin at 5:30 pm on Sunday, with a 7 pm prayer
service, at Kinzley Funeral Home, Madison.

Jean Krog was born in Wessington Springs, SD on April 27, 1930 to Eaner and Esther
(Farrington) Krog. She graduated from Gann Valley School. Jean’s first real job was at
a one room schoolhouse as a teacher for seven grades (there were no 2 nd graders).
Previously she grew up on her family farm near Gann Valley, taking care of siblings and
cleaning and cooking. Since the age of 10, Jean was raised by her widowed father and
older siblings. She was the middle of 12 children. Jean married Leaman Schwiesow on
September 24, 1948 at Chamberlain, SD.

Jean loved any type of social event. She belonged to numerous clubs, including
gardening, camping and square dance clubs. She loved being a part of Prairie Village
and the Isaac Walton and enjoyed working at the clothing room at St. John Lutheran
Church. Family and friends were very important to Jean.
She is survived by: her children, Rhonda Olson of Davis, SD, Leslie (Cindy) Schwiesow
of Andover, MN, Kim (Kevin) Ernster of Salem, SD, and Dallas (Choni) Schwiesow of
Ramona, SD; ten grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren (to whom she was known as
Grandma Great); one sister, Verna Thum; and numerous nieces, nephews and other

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leaman, grandson, Kelly, six brothers, four
sisters, many brothers- and sisters-in-law and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Bethel Lutheran Home or St. John
Lutheran Church.

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