Jan
05

Grangroth (Arvola), Verna Esther 84

Grangroth (Arvola), Verna Esther
age 84, of Cokato, passed away on January 4, 2018 at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, MN. She was born December 26, 1933 at home in Sebeka, MN to Hjalmer and Anna (Niemela) Arvola. Verna was baptized and confirmed in the First Apostolic Lutheran Church of Sebeka. She graduated from Sebeka High School in 1952. On June 6, 1953 she was united in marriage to Harvey Grangroth at the First Apostolic Lutheran Church in Sebeka. This union was blessed with 13 children. They made their home farming in Waverly, MN until 1961, when they moved to Cokato. They continued to farm until they moved to town in 2003.
She loved spending time with her family, and baking apple pies, canning and selling their rag rugs, and baked and canned goods at the farmers market. Faith being very important to her, she was a current active member of the Cokato First Apostolic Lutheran Church.
Verna is survived by her husband, Harvey, children, Rebecca Grangroth, Deborah (Robert) Lasanen, Paul (Peggy) Grangroth, Bonita (Charles) Nikula, Diana Grangroth, Julia Grangroth, Timothy (Linda) Grangroth, Theodore Grangroth, Ann (David) Jones, Maria (Daryl) Martin, Wayne (Karen) Grangroth, Steven (Jodi) Grangroth, and Suzanne Bourque, 63 grandchildren, 65 great-grandchildren, siblings, Leslie (Louise) Arvola, Norma Hillukka, Joyce Kotila, Florence (Don) Halonen, Kenneth (Arlene) Arvola, and David (Mary) Arvola, and Richard North.
Preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Lila Johnson, and Ruth Leukuma, infant brother, Rudy, and grandson, Trent Grangroth, and great-grandson, Danny Lasanen.
A funeral service will be held at 11 AM on Monday, January 8, 2018 with visitation on Sunday, January 7, 2018 from 5-8 PM and continuing 1 hour prior to the service on Monday, all at the Cokato First Apostolic Lutheran Church. Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato, www.swansonpeterson.com, 320-286-2534

Jan
04

Boeson, Clifford K. Jr. 69

Clifford Kenton Boeson Jr.
age 69, of Cokato, passed away on December 24, 2017 at the Dassel Lakeside Care Center. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 11:00 AM with visitation 1 hour prior to the service at Elim Mission Church in Cokato.

Dec
22

Lehtola, Charles Ernest 69

Charles Ernest Lehtola 69 of Howard Lake passed away at the St. Cloud Hospital on December 20, 2017.
Funeral Service: 11 AM Thursday, December 28, 2017 at Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church, 5939 Oliver Avenue SW, Cokato, Minnesota
Visitation: Begins at 10 AM, on Thursday at Church
Interment: 2 PM Friday, December 29, 2017 at Lakeview Cemetery, on Windy Lake, in Smoky Hollow Township of Cass County. THIS INTERMENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTILL FURTHER NOTICE
Charles Ernest Lehtola, 69, passed away Wednesday, December 20th, 2017 at the St Cloud Hospital.
Chuck was born to Ernest and Beatrice (Leinonen) Lehtola on February 25th 1948. Chuck was the second of four children. Chuck attended Cokato School for his elementary years and then transferred to Annandale School. Chuck married Sharon Elaine Sieg on January 7th, 1967. Two sons were born to them, Donald Charles in 1967 and Brian Harvey in 1968. The family resided in the Town of Howard Lake until they purchased the Sieg farm south of Cokato in 1994.
Chuck worked at several business in Cokato until he got a job at Mammoth Industries in Chaska in 1970. Mammoth closed their doors in 2000 and Chuck officially retired in 2002.
After retirement Chuck enjoyed many mornings having coffee with the guys at Daniel’s Restaurant and going to auctions. Chuck and Sharon have a place in Remer, MN where they made many good friends and spent many enjoyable summers and deer hunting seasons.
Chuck deeply loved his wife, sons, grandchildren and extended family. At family get-togethers he was quite the talker. Chuck also had a soft spot for animals, many four legged ‘children’ lived in their home over the years. In recent years Chuck found enjoyment in reading his Bible and listening to Country Gospel music. He was so proud of a large print Bible gifted to him by his good friend Ron. He also appreciated the support he received from speaking with his good friend, Pastor George.
Chuck is survived by his wife Sharon and sons Donald and Brian & Jen, his friend; ex-daughter-in-law Melanie; grandchildren: Brianna, Brandon; step-grandchildren: Beau (Stephanie), Cameron (Valarie) and Shea (William); step-great-grandchildren: Saylah, Judson, Eliana, Jadyn, Cesar, Charlie Marie, Bane and Eva; siblings Randy and Jeannie; many nieces, nephews and their families; and many friends in the community.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, Ernie & Beatrice, infant sister Yvonne, grandparents Matt & Emma Lehtola and Charles & Elvira Leinonen, father & mother-in-law, Harvey & Ruthie, sister-in-law Susan, and many aunts & uncles.

Dec
16

Welle, Donald James 82

Welle, Donald James
age 82 of Cokato, passed away on December 15, 2017 at Cokato Manor. He was born December 24, 1934 in St. Cloud, MN to Louis and Magdelena Welle. Donnie was the youngest of 8 children. He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith. He graduated from Sauk Centre High School. Donnie served his country in the United States Army for two years, stationed in Germany. Returning home, he was united in marriage to Judy Sursely in 1958. This union was blessed with two children, Sandra and Michael. They made their home in Cokato, where Donnie was the manager of for several different grocery stores.
Donnie was a member of the Cokato Lions, an avid golfer, and woodworker. He enjoyed fishing in his younger years. He and Judy were members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly.
He is survived by his children, Sandra (Cary) Linder of Cokato, and Michael (Rosemary) Welle of Brownwood, TX, 6 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his wife, Judy, and siblings.
A celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato. Visitation will be held on Monday, December 18, 2017, 4-7 PM and continuing 1 hour prior to services, all at the Funeral Home. www.swansonpeterson.com 320-286-2534

Nov
24

Pieti, Robert “Bob” Donald 69

Bob Pieti of Sun City, Arizona, passed away at the home of his step daughter in Delano on November 22, 2017, at the age of 69,years, 9 months, and 12 days.
Funeral Service: 4 PM Sunday November 26, 2017 at Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church, 5939 Oliver Avenue SW, Cokato, Minnesota
Visitation: Begins at 2PM on Sunday at Church.

Robert “Bob” Donald Pieti was born on February 10, 1948 in Highland Park, Michigan to Edwin and Irma Norma Ingrid (Isaacson) Pieti. He grew up in Southfield, Michigan, and graduated from Southfield High School in 1966. After high school he went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in business at Michigan Tech.
Bob worked first at the White Pine Mine in Michigan as an auditor; he then went to work at Michigan Tech, as a university administrator. He then worked at Ray Dot in Cokato, Minnesota, and finally at Edward Jones in Minnesota, as a Financial Advisor.
On February 27, 1993 Bob married Kathleen (Bergstrom) Haataja. The couple was married in Cokato, Doug Halonen officiated. They made their home on Spring Lake in Dassel, Minnesota first, then Laguna Vista, Texas, and 11 years ago moved to Sun City, Arizona.
Bob had many hobbies among them were writing memoirs, history and also grants, he worked on the Keweenaw National Park at Calumet, Michigan and was instrumental in the parks development. Bob was also a minister at his church in Arizona.
Bob passed away suddenly at the home of his step daughter Carolyn (Paul) Kivisto in Delano, Minnesota. He had reached the age of 69 years, 9 months and 12 years. Bob is preceded in death by his parents Edwin and Irma Pieti, and brothers; Clyde and Paul.
Survivors include: wife Kathleen of Sun City, Arizona. Brother David (Patricia) Pieti of Littleton, Colorado, sister-in-law Virginia Pieti of Farmington Hills, Michigan. Step children: Robert (Sara) Haataja of Cokato, Steven (Laura) Haataja of Cokato, Carolyn (Paul) Kivisto of Delano, Kenneth (Emily) Haataja of Maple Grove, Minnesota, Thomas (Teri) Haataja of Watertown, Minnesota, and Jeanne (Marc) Koskela of Lake Linden, Michigan. 40 grand children. Nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

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