Mickles, Gail Jean 68

Gail Jean Mickles, age 68 of Buffalo MN, peacefully passed away surrounded by her family May 24, 2022. Gail was born Jan. 11 1954, in Little Falls MN. Gail married her high school sweet heart Larry Mickles in May 1970. They just celebrated their 52-year anniversary. They were blessed with three children, Stacie Jastrzebski (Neil), Joel Mickles (Tammy), and Sevgi Mickles (Sarah). Gail was employed as an inspector in the Twin Cities for most of her life. She also spent time working as a local bartender for several years at Troubles in Howard Lake, MN. Her customers adored and loved her. As most have said “We truly miss ‘GiGi’, she was one of the kindest persons we have ever met.” Gail enjoyed many things in life, sewing, quilting, and embroidering. Casino outings with family and friends, she loved her ‘keno’, as well as camping at her seasonal camping spot, otherwise known as her ‘Happy Place’, with her camping family. Gail’s greatest passion in life was to spend time with her family, especially her grand kids. She was deeply loved by her grandchildren, David, Emily, Cianna and Nathan, and great-granddaughter, Layla, along with many other loving family members, friends and patrons. Gail is proceeded in death by her mother Francis Fuller and grandmother Loretta Ringwelski. A celebration of life will be held at Gail and Larry’s ‘Happy Place’, the St. Cloud Clearwater RV Park, 2454 County Rd. 143, Clearwater, MN, Sunday, July, 10 2022 at 2 p.m. Cards can be sent to: Larry Mickles, 4027 15th St. N.W., Buffalo MN, 55313. Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Howard Lake, MN 320-543-3401 www.swansonpeterson.com



Anderson, Audree Ann 87

Audree Anderson was born on August 27, 1934 in Cokato, Minnesota, to Andrew and Irene (Lueders) Anderson.  She was baptized at home and confirmed in 1949 at the Cokato Evangelical Lutheran Church.  She will be buried at the Cokato Cemetery.


She grew up in Cokato and attended their schools, graduating as valedictorian in 1952 from Cokato High School.  From there she entered college at Gustavus Adolphus in St. Peter and then transferred to the University of Minnesota where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1956 with a major in English.  She later earned a doctoral degree from the University of Maryland.


Her teaching career included positions at Wadena, Minnesota, Westminster, California and 24 years with the Department of Defense schools in Germany, England, Italy, Spain and Turkey.  Her longest placement was in Zaragosa, Spain.


In Zaragosa, she met her husband William LeCompte whom she married in November 1986.


Audree is survived by siblings John (Janet) Anderson of Richmond, Mn and Mark (Frani) Anderson of St. Peter, MN: and nephews and niece David, James, Joseph and Lindsey.  Murat LeCompte, Bill’s son, lives in Turkey and has a wife and 3 children.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, June 22 with visitation 1 hour prior at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato, 320-286-2534 www.swansonpeterson.com



Rimpy, Roger Allan 93

Rimpy, Roger Allan

age 93, of Annandale, MN passed away June 10, 2022 at his home. He was born January 21, 1929 in Annandale to Andrew and Lillian (Ojala) Rimpy. He was baptized and confirmed at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in French Lake, MN. Living and farming on the family farm in Annandale his entire life, he also worked at PayCo. and Creamette. He served his country in the United States Army in Korea. Roger was the sexton of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Cemetery for many years. He enjoyed dancing and traveling, driving across the United States, coast to coast.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Carol (Grau), and sons, Allan (Carmen) and Brian Rimpy.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, June 16 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in French Lake, MN with visitation 1 hour prior to services at the church. Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cokato & Howard Lake, MN 320-286-2534 www.swansonpeterson.com



Vagt, Sandra Jean 75

Sandy Vagt passed peacefully May 28, 2022 at the age of 75 after her battle with Alzheimer’s.


Sandra Jean Mahoney was born December 6, 1946 in Rochester, MN to Edward J and Caroline J Mahoney (Hoyer).  She was the oldest of 3 children. She attended John Marshall High School and Community College in Rochester. Sandy had 2 children and made her home in Plymouth, MN. She enjoyed working as a graphic arts professional at Circuit Science in Plymouth MN for many years. Sandy moved to Howard Lake MN in the late eighties. She lived and worked in the HL, Cokato & Dassel area for the remainder of her life.


Sandy was charismatic, vibrant, and beautiful. She was fun, a bit crazy, generous and a friend to everyone. She was also a strong, sassy and fiercely independent woman. She was full of life and enjoyed watching movies, listening to music, cooking, baking, playing board games, and spending time with her grandchildren. One of Sandy’s love languages was food. She was an excellent cook who showed her love and care by bringing food or bread to family and friends or cooking a grandchild their favorite dish.


Sandy is survived by her brother Michael Mahoney (Marilyn), sister Patti Jo Hertweck (Rodney), daughter Miechaleen (Micki) Diers (Tom), daughter Melynda Vagt (Bill Lesnau), grandsons Nathen Stenmark, Cory Stenmark, Ryan Stenmark, great grandchildren Brielle Marie Stenmark, Carson Shawn Laudenbach (Stenmark), Jaxon Arnaldo Huberty-Stenmark, Nieces Nicole Bonecutter (Mike), Megan Haws (Lynn) Lacy Barlow (Jason) many cousins and many friends.


Sandy is now at Peace with the Lord. She is reunited in Heaven with her parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and her beloved dogs.


We are truly grateful for the care, love and support she received the last several years with the Cokato Charitable Trust family.


Memorial services will be held at 2PM, Saturday June 25, 2022 at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel with visitation 1 hour prior to service. The Rev. Janine Olson will officiate. There will be time to gather with the family following the service in the community room of the church. Refreshments will be provided.

Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cokato & Howard Lake, MN 320-543-3401, www.swansonpeterson.com




Peterson, Roland James 87

Roland James Peterson was born on February 6th, 1935, in Cokato, MN.  He was the son of Theodore and Dora (Sundberg) Peterson.  Roland grew up on the family dairy farm just outside of Knapp, MN and attended the Knapp school through 8th grade, then graduated from Cokato High School in 1953.   Roland joined the army and was stationed at Fort Dix, New Jersey.  It was during this time that he met, fell in love with and married his wife, Rosalie Naughton of Clifton, NJ.  After completing a tour of military duty, Roland and Rosalie moved back to Minnesota to start a new life and family.  After working a few odd jobs, Roland went back to school to earn a technical certificate in computer programming. This led to programmer positions first at Benson’s Optical and later, Northwest Airlines (Delta).  He retired from Northwest Airlines in the mid-1990’s.

Roland and Rosalie had two sons, Brian and Scott, with whom they established a home on a hobby farm near New Market, MN in 1970.  Along with planting and harvesting a variety of crops on his 35 acres, at various points Roland also raised sheep, beef cattle, chickens, guinea hens and a goat.  But what he enjoyed most was tinkering with his collection of lovingly restored two-cylinder John Deere tractors, attending auctions and tractor shows with his wife and many tractor buddies, and always keeping an eye out for that next old two-cylinder John Deere needing his keen mechanical skills to bring it new life.

More recently, Roland moved back to Cokato to be closer to caring family and friends, who could help make sure he was safe and well-cared for as his eye-sight began to fail. He received wonderful assistance and care from the staff at Edgewood Gables Retirement community.

Roland died peacefully on May 23, 2022 at the age of 87.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Ted and Dora, wife, Rosalie and son, Brian.   Roland is survived by his son, Scott (Elizabeth) Peterson and their children, Grace and Grant, Brian’s son Conard (Nichole) and their daughter Liara, siblings Patricia (Ed) Schmidt, Janice Styve, and Harvey (Glenda) Peterson.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, July 14th at North Crow River Lutheran Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, you are encouraged to donate to the charity of your choice.



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