Jun
01

Jacobs, Nancy Maureen 77

Jacobs, Nancy Maureen
age 77, of Howard Lake passed away on June 1, 2020 at The Lodge in Howard Lake, Minnesota. She was born on the family farm in Turton, South Dakota, April 20, 1943 to William and Janice (Shippee) Holdorf. Following graduation from Brentford High School, Nancy pursued her Bachelors of Science at Presentation Nursing College in Aberdeen, South Dakota. She was united in marriage to Larry Jacobs on April 22, 1967 in Brentford, South Dakota. They were blessed with the birth of 3 boys. They made their life together in Howard Lake, where she pursued a career in nursing.
Nancy enjoyed summer fishing, camping, her flower garden and indoor plants. She also enjoyed her horses and going to the farm and the occasional shopping spree. Her main love was watching her 3 boys play sports and spending time with her grandchildren and her best friend, her sister, Sandra.
Preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister, Sandra Christopherson, and step-father, Gideon Kaul.
Survived by her children, Bill (Linda), Jason (Sara), and Chris (Briana), grandchildren, Ambriel, Ariana, Grace, Emily, Lucy, Wyatt, and Kade.
A private family service will take place at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake, www.swansonpeterson.com, 320-543-3401

Jun
01

Thomas James Keaveny 85


Thomas James Keaveny
Tom was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota April 11,1935 to James and Madeleine Keaveny. He graduated from DeLaSalle High School. He attended the University of Minnesota before entering into the Army in 1954 for basic training at Fort Leonard Missouri transferring to the 9th infantry Division in Swaback Germany as a survey instrument operator Battery A of the 26th Field Artillery Battalion.
Released from the Service Sept 10th, 1956, he entered Pharmacy School at North Dakota State University and Graduated in 1959. He was married in July of that year to Darby Driscoll. They were married for 61 years. They had 4 children Kim Keaveny, Kelly (Deborah) Keaveny, Kari (Bradley) Skatter and Kristen (Timothy) Servin and 5 Grandchildren Danielle (Adam) Ruhland, Mitchell Skatter, Mackenzie Skatter, Killian Keaveny, Delaney Keaveny and a great Granddaughter Addison Ruhland.
Tom began his career with his Father at the Drug Store on 48th and Grand Ave in Minneapolis before buying the business in 1963 upon his Fathers death. He continued at this location until 1974 moving to Cokato and purchasing Peterson Pharmacy. He later moved the store to Cokato Mall where it is now in his Son Kelly’s able hands, maintaining a legacy of family tradition.
Tom has been active in Cokato for many years. He served on the Cokato Development Corporation, Cokato City Council, Corn Carnival and City Planning and Zoning. He was active in Boy Scouts, Rotary, American Legion and Wright County Human Services.
Tom enjoyed life and his family. He was quick with a laugh and loved a good story. He loved a good joke and was known to be quite the prankster since no one suspected him. He was there for anyone who needed a helping hand and could never say no to anyone. He will be remembered for his quick wit, great laugh and his kindness.
He enjoyed camping (Nemadji trips were memorable) snowmobiling, skiing, boating, wave runners, the official mixer of the punch at the bingo stand, coffee with the boys and the Dairy Queen. His “Happy Place” was the Cabin on the Lake at Francis where his most precious possessions still laugh and play.
He will be missed by his family and friends.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a private Mass and burial will be held. In lieu of flowers or donations please give to the Alzheimers Association, charity of your choice or pay a kindness forward in his honor.

May
18

Pudlitzke, Glen E. 88

Glen E. Pudlitzke, age 88, passed away at his home on May 15, 2020 of natural causes. He was born in Cokato, MN on November 7, 1931 along with his twin brother Gay, to Reuben and Gladys (Henneman) Pudlitzke. In 1956 he married Caroline Ryti and raised 3 children Gale, Alan and Gene until Caroline’s death in 1978. He married Gayle Lutter in 1979 until she passed away in 2005.

Glen attended Howard Lake Public Schools graduating in 1949. After graduating he and his brothers joined the Army during the Korean War. He was stationed at Scofield Army Base in Oahu, Hawaii with stops at bases in South Korea, San Diego and Washington. He returned to Howard Lake area working as a gravel pit operator, gas station owner, auto mechanic before working many years in Public Works for the City of Howard Lake.

Glen was a life-long member of Walker Methodist Church. He was a proud member of the Howard Lake Fire Department. As well as, a member of Howard Lake Masonic Lodge and American Legion.

Glen enjoyed the outdoors, including camping and fishing. He especially enjoyed the annual trip to Lake of the Woods, with his fishing buddies in their converted school bus. As soon as they departed wives and kids headed to the Bowling Alley for dinner and begin their own week of fun. Another passion was reading maps and doing armchair traveling, either in planning or dreaming of trips. Rarely did a car ride ever go straight from start to destination, rather it involved side roads and alternative routes. Sometimes getting lost, but never admitting it.

Glen was preceded in death by his parents, Reuben and Gladys; brother Dale; wives Caroline and Gayle and son Alan. He is survived by his brother Gay (Barb), daughter Gale, son Gene (Cindy), grandchildren Jennifer and Spencer, along with nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home. A service will take place at a later date.

May
17

Johansson, Darlene “Mia” Rosemary 68

Darlene “Mia” Rosemary Johansson, 68, of Cokato Minnesota died Friday, May 15, 2020 at Meeker Memorial Hospital in Litchfield.
Mia was born on January 30, 1952 in Eveleth to Hugo and Lillian (Palo) Johnson and grew up in Mountain Iron. She was a graduate of the Mountain Iron High School and attended Eveleth Vo-Tech
Mia had a sense of adventure and traveled every chance she could, visiting family and friends around the world. She travelled many places with Sven including Sweden, Finland, China, Indonesia, Israel, Ecuador, and Australia. She always made sure to set aside extra time to visit her children and grandchildren.
On April 3, 1982 she married Sven Johansson in Virginia, MN. Following their wedding, Sven and Mia moved to Sweden where they lived for five years before settling in Cokato, MN.
Mia raised six children and later went on to work as a Healthcare Assistant at Maple Plain Nursing home.
Mia had a caring and outgoing personality, she never met a stranger, she loved meeting and talking to people making friends wherever she went. She showed love and support to her family throughout her life. She absolutely adored her grandchildren and her eyes would light up whenever she spent time with them. She also loved to garden, and every fall she was happy to share the bounty from her vegetable garden.
Foremost, she put her faith, love and trust in Jesus Christ her Lord and Saviour. She was a faithful servant and worker in His Kingdom. She will be greatly missed by her husband and all fellow believers.
Darlene is survived by her husband Sven, six children Dan (Gemvita) Johansson of Minneapolis, David (Genevieve) Johansson of Germantown, TN, Linnea (Robert) Jackson of Prior Lake, Sven-Erik (Marija) Johansson of Olathe, KS, Amy (Carlos) Viteri of Houston, TX and Jennifer (Italo) Vazquez of Minneapolis, eight grandchildren; Lilliana and Briana LeBaron of Prior Lake, Thomas, Hugo and Elise Johansson of Germantown, TN, Bodin Johansson of Olathe City, KS, and Jayla and Jason Vazquez of Minneapolis; five sisters Cynthia Griffin of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, Priscilla Ylitalo of Brainerd, Charlotte (Norman) Hillukka of Menahga, Corrine Laho of Plymouth, Harriet (Edward) Lehto of Dassel and two brothers Steven (Denise) Johnson of Buffalo and James (Susan) Johnson of Mountain Iron and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Hugo and Lillian Johnson, three brothers, Aaron, Calvin and Joseph; and three brothers-in-law, Harold Kangas, Ralph Ylitalo and Earl Griffin.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, May 18 at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato (Limitations of 10 gathered with social distancing guidelines of 6 feet apart and please wear face coverings for safety). Burial will be in the Cokato Finnish Cemetery.
Arrangements are with Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato.

May
11

Grundahl, Betty Ann 81


Betty Ann Grundahl, age 81, of Hutchinson passed away Thursday, May 7, 2020 at her home. Private family burial service will be Saturday, May 16, 2020 at Stockholm Lutheran Church cemetery with Pastor Mark Little officiating. Honorary urn bearers will be Betty’s grandsons, Matthew Beckman, Alex Grundahl and Nathan Ebeling. A celebration of Betty’s life will be held at a later date.
Betty Ann (Beneke) Grundahl, was born on March 16, 1939, to Paul and Justine (Eck) Beneke, in Aitkin, Minnesota. She grew up in Aitkin and graduated from Aitkin High School in 1957. On April 12, 1958 Betty married John Curtis Samuel Grundahl, of Dassel, Minnesota at First Lutheran Church of Aitkin. They were blessed with three children, Bryce, Brenda and Bonnie. They made their home in rural Dassel for 61 ½ years before they sold that and moved to Hutchinson.
Betty spent a majority of her time as a homemaker, however she did have many part-time jobs. She worked at Northland Canning Company and later Faribault Foods as a taste tester, at Minnesota Poultry in Dassel, Gage in Howard Lake and 3M in Hutchinson (for the 900 hours). She also enjoyed sewing clothes for herself and daughters, she liked to clean (especially her floors and windows), going on vacations and spending time during the winter in the southern states. For the last 12 years they escaped Minnesota winters going to Alabama where they met many wonderful friends. Betty loved spending time with her grandchildren and watching them at their activities and then started taking each one out for a special dinner each year. She enjoyed playing cards and games (especially when she won). While watching and feeding birds in their back yard, she really enjoyed seeing cardinals and hummingbirds. Betty was a longtime and faithful member of Stockholm Lutheran Church where she served as a Sunday school teacher and spent many hours helping to clean the church. Betty served for over 12 years on the Meeker Cooperative Light and Power Association Board of Directors. She enjoyed listening to her husband sing with the Litchfield Area Male Chorus, which included the benefit of more trips.
In May of 2019, Betty was diagnosed with ALS and was very courageous as she fought this disease. Her husband was a wonderful caregiver as she lost strength and needed more care. For the last two weeks she was in hospice.
Blessed be her memory.
Betty is survived by her husband Curtis of Hutchinson; children, Bryce (Kim) Grundahl of Hutchinson, Brenda (John) Beckman of Hutchinson and Bonnie (Geoff) Ebeling of Rosemount; grandchildren, Jessica (Corey) Grothman of Victoria, Johanna (Mark) Hanneman of Hutchinson, Matthew (Abby) Beckman of St. Louis Park, Amy Grundahl of Carver, Alex Grundahl of Hutchinson, Nathan Ebeling of Rosemount and Lauren Ebeling of Rosemount; great-grandchildren, Carsten, Elin and Katja Grothman and Henrik and Annika Hanneman; sister-in-law Jeanette Braastad of Ham Lake; and nieces and nephews.
Betty was preceded in death by parents Paul and Justine Beneke; twin brothers, Robert, who was killed in the Korean War in May of 1952, and Ralph; granddaughter Bethany Beckman; sister-in-law Aira Beneke and brother-in-law Kenneth Braastad
Memorials are preferred to The Minnesota Chapter of the ALS Association http://webmn.alsa.org/

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