In Memory

Carlene Broden (Boyle)

Carlene Shirley Swanson-Boyle, age 70 of Buffalo, passed away March 2, 2021.

She was born on January 30, 1951 in Mankato, Minnesota to Carl and Shirley (Van Dyke) Broden. She graduated from Mankato High School with the class of 1969.

Carlene lived in Hawaii for a brief time, enjoying the sunshine and beaches. She eventually moved back to Minnesota, where she was joined in marriage to Michael Swanson, and then later was remarried to Robert Boyle. In her final years she spent a lot of time traveling back and forth between Hawaii and Minnesota.

She was a free spirit and liked spending time in nature. She traveled to many state and national parks and enjoyed all the outdoors had to offer. Carlene would hike, camp, and fish with her family and friends.

Carlene was known for her high energy personality and outgoing nature. She easily made connections and could talk to just about anyone. She cherished her long-term friendships and cared for her friends as if they were her own family. Her generous heart and loving personality made her “everybody’s Mother”.

Carlene owned and operated Carlene’s Custom Creations in Rockford and Buffalo. She had a creative and artistic mind, and could make just about any craft her customers wanted. People also looked to her to mend and sew clothing items because she was such a talented seamstress. She also owned and operated Heel and Toe Dance Studio in Rockford, teaching youth of all ages how to dance. She was an energetic, fun, and dedicated teacher, which allowed her to run her studio for over 20 years.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Shirley; and brother-in-law, Jim Ostermeier.

Carlene is survived by her children: Daniel Swanson, Darren (Janine) Swanson, David Boyle, and Dawn (Brian Gustafson) Boyle; grandson, Ian Swanson; siblings, Kenya Ostermeier, Caryl (Karl) Darge, and Carl (Barb) Broden; and many other relatives and friends.

A Celebration of Life visitation will be held Friday, March 19, 2021 from 4:00 – 8:00 PM at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred and can be directed to a charity of the donor’s choice in Carlene’s name.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted by The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Online condolences for the family may be directed to

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03/19/21 09:53 AM #1    

Sue Crosbie

RIP Carlene. It was wonderful meeting up at the 50th - so glad we spent time together. xxx

03/21/21 04:23 PM #2    

John Apitz

I recall Carlene as calm and creative with a warm, ready smile.  She helped make the 50th a wonderful Reunion.  Rest peacefully.

03/22/21 10:17 AM #3    

Kevin Cedergren

Carlene was often sitting in front of me in classes and homerooms (alphabetical seating). She was a wonderful spirit, and always had a smile and hello. God's peace and grace Carlene.

03/22/21 11:49 AM #4    

Rich Jensen

I just saw this notification about her passing and I am totally stunned. As many of you may or may not have known Carlene and I were pretty close when we seniors in High School and got even closer when we worked together at Michael's restaurant. We kept in contact through the years and last year I spent a week in Hawaii with her. Just
recently talked to her a few weeks ago and she seemed in great health and happy about her conditioning she was doing with a conditioning coach so I'm not sure what happened. She was a sweet caring loving person and I was happy to be her friend to the end.

03/22/21 12:08 PM #5    

Marla Sugden (Higginbotham)

I was very glad to be able to visit with Carlene at the 50th. She was the one person I knew that liked to dance as much as I did...and probably even more. One fond memory of her was attending her birthday party and having her older sister teach us  how to do the Twist to Chubby Checker!!! She was a great participant in Orchesis and always worked hard with a smile ! I know she is still dancing.   



03/23/21 05:00 PM #6    

Kristi Miller

Godspeed Carlene, as your friendly, creative, sweet spirit now dances on in other realms.  Your memory lives on in all who were graced by your presence.

03/23/21 10:28 PM #7    

Judy Ahlstrom (Betchwars)

Remember summer lake days @ Butlers on Lake .

Connected at last reunion.   Was surprised how close we lived . Was planning lunch with orher class mates before Covid . Sad this did not happen.


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