Hechsel, Erma Minnie 88

Erma Minnie (Lange) Hechsel, age 88, of Cokato, formerly of Howard Lake, went home to be with her Savior on November 21, 2023.

Erma was born on January 12, 1935, to William and Erna (Hensel) Lange. She was baptized into Christ on February 17, 1935, confirmed her faith on March 21, 1948, and joined in Holy Matrimony to Arnold Hechsel on April 5, 1953, all at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake.

She was an excellent baker, quilter, flower gardener, and partner on the farm with Arnie. She sang in the Senior Choir at St. James for many years.

Erma is survived by her loving husband of 70 years, Arnold of Cokato, her children, Diane (Glen) Johnson of Annandale, LaNette (Terry) Thorson of Howard Lake, Susan (Robert) Moritz of Hutchinson, Wendy (Jason) Mapes of Monticello, and Jeffrey Hechsel of Plymouth. She is further survived by 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and sister-in-law Ruth (Martin) Latzig of Howard Lake.

Erma was preceded in death by her parents, sister Orvilla Lange, and great-granddaughter Marlys Johnson.
Christian burial for Erma will be Saturday, November 25 at 11:00 am with the Rev. Mark Loder and Vicar Michael Speckhard officiating and Luke Dahl as organist. Visitation to be held 1 hour prior to service.

She will be buried at the Howard Lake Cemetery to await the glorious resurrection of all flesh at the return of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. James Lutheran Church or School.