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Services March 3 for Rev. Barbara Melaas-Swanson

March  02, 2012

Services for the Rev. Barbara Melaas-Swanson, 51, a Lutheran minister and part-time religion instructor at Augustana, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at First Lutheran Church, 114 E. Main St., Geneseo.

She died of pancreatic cancer Wednesday at her home in Port Byron, Ill. (See full obituary)

Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today at Messiah Lutheran Church, 302 11th St. N., Port Byron, and from 9 a.m. until the time of service Saturday at First Lutheran Church. 

The Rev. Richard Priggie, college chaplain, called her an asset to the school's religion department. "She was a fine scholar who approached scholarship from a pastor's heart," he said. (Read more: Pastor dies day before getting trip to Disney World)