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Sylvia Mernette (Swenson) Hadrava

August 27, 1942 ~ March 21, 2022 (age 79)


Sylvia Hadrava, 79, of Bemidji, MN passed away Monday, March 21, 2022 at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.

Private family services will be held.

She was born Sylvia Mernette Swenson on August 27, 1942 to Robert and Virginia Swenson. Sylvia was the 4th of 10 children. She grew up on Swenson Lake, attended Swenson Lake School, one year at Wolf Lake School and graduated from Bemidji High School. She married Duane Hadrava on January 20, 1962. They raised three children Kay (Troy) Wasen, Karla Hadrava and Aaron Hadrava. Sylvia was a homemaker and dental assistant. They moved to Montana in 1965 and moved back to Bemidji in 1983. Sylvia loved Montana and called it her 2nd home. She loved her flower gardens, even when rabbits helped themselves, and homegrown vegetables too.

She is survived by her husband, Duane Hadrava; children Kay Wasen, Karla Hadrava and Aaron Hadrava; 3 grandchildren, Cole Wasen, Kelly Richter and Jared Wasen; two great-grandchildren, James and Hailey Richter; her sisters, Bonnie Holman, Helen Hemp, Lauree Bahr and Christy (Gene) Pesch; her brothers, Robert, Chuck (Paula) and David (Lori) and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Virginia Swenson and sisters, Ginger Hubbell and Marian Trepanier.


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