Keith Sweere – Wadena Pioneer Journal


Keith Sweere, 67, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at his home in New Ulm, with his family by his side.

The Christian burial mass was held on Monday, June 27, 2022 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm. Interment followed at New Ulm Catholic Cemetery.

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Keith leaves behind his wife of 41 years, Julie Sweere of New Ulm; children, Missy (Jon) Bassett of New Ulm, Jenny (Andy) Griebel of New Ulm, Matt (April) Sweere of Gibbon; 6 grandchildren, Trenton Sweere, Trevor Bassett, Evelyn and Cayne Griebel, Lorelai and Spencer Sweere; his mothers, Betty Meadows and Debbie (Richard) Sweere-Johnson; siblings, Brenda (Mark) Wiger, Jeremy (Amy) Sweere, Luke (Tammy) Sweere, Andrew Bellcourt, KC Shaw, Ronnie Potter, Connie Clark, Ray Potter, Edith Norris, Kay Norris, Nicole Koenig, Keenan Sayers, Tyrone Norris, Vanessa Norris; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was predeceased by his father, Gerald Sweere; biological parents, Wilbur Norris and Margaret Beaulieu; siblings, Beth Sweere, Kevin Sweere, Debbie Rodriguez, Geri Royal, Frank Norris; nephew, Derek Sweere; mother-in-law, Doris Kuehn.

Keith Thomas Sweere was born on May 28, 1955 in Saint-Cloud. He was adopted, raised and loved by Gerald Sweere and Betty (Johnson) Meadows. He grew up in Wadena and graduated from Wadena High School. Keith joined the Army and served from 1973 to 1976, then served in the Marine Corps and National Guard. Keith met Julie Kuehn and they were married on November 29, 1980 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm. This union blessed the couple with three children. They raised their children and spent their married life in New Ulm, where they were members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Keith worked at Kraft for 30 years, until his retirement. Keith loved hunting, fishing and spending time at the lake house. His family and his grandchildren were everything to him. Later in life, Keith was linked to his biological family and discovered his heritage, becoming a member of the White Earth Chippewa tribe in northern Minnesota. Keith was a fun, loving and wonderful husband, father, grandfather, parent and friend. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Blessed be his memory.


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