Jun
27

Ziebarth, Kenneth 76

Ziebarth, Kenneth
age 76 of Winsted 06/26/16 at his home. Preceded in death by his parents George and Sophia, sister in law Alice and nephew Steven. Survived by loving neighbors and care givers Butch and Betty Babcock and Eugene Hill. Brothers Clayton, Melvin (Joan) and very special nephew Jake. Also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews and his very special friend, “that little guy” Jason.

Kenneth was a Vietnam Veteran in the US Army E-5. Member American Legion Martin Krueger Post 407. Graduate Holy Trinity High School. Retired From 3M.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, Minnesota. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at church. Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Howard Lake, 320-543-3401, www.swansonpeterson.com

Jun
15

Morris, Dorothy June 90

Dorothy June Grosskreutz Morris
June 10-1926 – June 14, 2016

Dorothy June Grosskreutz was born on June 10, 1926 to Ernest and Dorothy (Niemann) Grosskreutz in Sharon, North Dakota. Dorothy graduated from St. Paul Park High School in 1944 and then worked at South St. Paul Stockyard Exchange building . On November 10th, 1945 Dorothy married Howard Morris at the Woodbury Lutheran Church. They began their married life in Cokato, moving to Stockholm where they spent their entire married life. Howard and Dorothy had two children, Ernie and Hilaire.

Dorothy was very active in many different organizations including the Wright County Fair Board and the State Fair and through the years, they attended all 97 county fairs in Minnesota. Dorothy was a leader for the Lightening Workers 4H Club. It was during that time,she was chaperoning a 4-H roller skating party, she fell on her roller skates and broke her arm! She was also very involved with the Stockholm Lutheran Church and typed the Stockholm Story newsletter for many years. Howard and Dorothy provided their camper to be used as a dressing room for the queens during each Cokato Corn Carnival Dorothy worked with Howard for several years in the American Family Insurance office as well as the DMV Registrars Office. Some of her fondest memories include skating on the Mississippi River with Howard and walking through the Grey Cloud Island Woods.

Dorothy enjoyed her neighbors, their winter home in Arizona, eating out and traveling the United States. She also liked to “be in charge”. Her favorite flower was the rose, Gone with the Wind and Sound of Music were her favorite movies and mashed potatoes and gravy was her favorite food. Her hobbies included embroidering, crocheting, learning new crafts, making quilt rugs, putting puzzles together, visiting and traveling. Dorothy and Howard traveled in every state except Alaska. She loved camping, county and state fairs and parades. She also did a beautiful job decorating fancy cakes. Many of her friends and neighbors had the pleasure of sampling those pretty cakes.

Dorothy is survived by her son Ernest and his wife Marge, her daughter Hilaire and her husband Michael Diers. Her grandchildren are Debbie McDonald, Jeff Morris, Garner (Jill) Diers and Christine Diers. Great grandchildren are Zachary Morris, Zachary Diers, Kelly Cunningham, Jade Cunningham, Tucker Sha and Trevor Diers.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Howard Ellsworth Morris, who passed away March 12th, 2006.

When asked what she felt was her greatest accomplishment, she states: Being happy, raising her family in a small community and having lots of friends all over the United States.

Dorothy passed away at Cokato Manor on June 14, 2016 at the age of 90 years and 4 days old.

Visitation for Dorothy will be on Wednesday, June 22 from 5 PM to 7 PM at the Stockholm Lutheran Church. Funeral service is June 23 at 11:00 AM and is also at the Stockholm Lutheran Church. Burial to follow the service. Lunch will be served at the church.

Jun
14

Lankki, Adelyne Marion 95

Adelyne M. Lankki, 95
Adelyne Marion Lankki, age 95, of Cokato, passed away Monday, June 13, 2016, at the Cokato Manor.
She was born April 20, 1921, in Cokato, the daughter of Alfred and Anna (Svanda) Dahlin. Adelyne was baptized May 29, 1921, and confirmed in her faith May 13, 1934, both at Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato.
She graduated from Cokato High School in 1938.
Adelyne was joined in marriage with Ernest Lankki Nov. 4, 1945, at Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato. To this union, a son, Gary Michael Lankki, was born. Adelyne took great joy in being Gary’s mom, and treasured spending time with him.
Adelyne was a housewife, and also employed at The Farmers Grocery Store in Cokato for several years. She dreamed of someday owning and managing her own grocery store.
As a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato, and for many years North Crow River Lutheran Church, rural Cokato, Adelyne participated in the W/ELCA ladies group, the quilting group, several Bible study groups, and served on the church council.
She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and loved celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas. She also loved to fish, and follow Minnesota Twins baseball.
Adelyne was preceded in death by her husband, Ernie, in 1984; her parents, Alfred and Anna; and siblings Albin, Oliver, Arnold, Mildred, Clarence, Helen, Lillian, and Ellsworth.
She is survived by her son, Gary (Wendy) of Dassel; four grandchildren: Kari Kern, Dan (Steph) Robertson, all of Cokato, Kristi Hiivala of Buffalo, and Michael (Mary) Robertson of Sartell; 10 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Ardelle Dahlin of St. Michael; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives; and many friends.
Funeral services took place Friday, June 17 at 2 p.m. at Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato, with the Rev. Mark Little officiating. Karen Anderson was the organist, and Natalie Dahlin and Kyle Little sang “Homeward Bound.” Congregational hymns were “Lift High the Cross,” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” and “How Great Thou Art.” Interment was in the church cemetery.
There was visitation at the church from noon to 2 p.m., prior to the service.
Casket bearers were Dan Robertson, Mike Robertson, Elroy Dahlin, Donald Dahlin, Steve Dahlin, and Mark Dahlman.
Arrangements were with the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato.

Jun
13

Johnson, Iona Hazel 103

Iona H. Johnson passed away at Cokato Manor on June 13, 2016.

Funeral Service: 2 PM Thursday, June 16, 2016 at Stockholm Lutheran Church, South of Cokato

Visitation: 5-8 PM Wednesday, at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato and 1 hr prior to service at church on Thursday

Prayer Service: 7 PM Wednesday at the Funeral Home

Interment: Stockholm Lutheran Cemetery
Iona Hazel Hanson Stevens Johnson of Cokato, MN went to her heavenly home on June 13, 2016. She was born Feb 13, 1913 in Boyd, MN to Bennie and Minnie (Paulson) Hanson. She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boyd, MN.
Iona was united in marriage to Oscar Stevens June 24, 1934. To this union, a son was born. Oscar passed away in 1941.
Iona moved to Cokato and worked as a clerk in her father’s grocery store in Stockholm, MN where she met and later married her second husband, Clinton Johnson, on March 11, 1944. To this union, four children were born.
Iona was a self-described homemaker and farmer’s wife. She enjoyed cooking, baking, canning, gardening, quilting, watching crops grow and studying God’s word. She lived her life in humble service to Christ lovingly caring for her family, friends and those in need.
Iona is survived by her children, Robert (Barbara) Stevens of Inver Grove Heights, MN; Diane Dodge of Dassel, MN; Dennis (Deborah) Johnson of Cokato, MN; Beatrice (Michael) Jones of White Bear Lake, MN; and son-in-law, Edward Finnegan of Minneota, MN; 10 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren
Iona was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Stevens and husband, Clinton Johnson, her parents Bennie and Minnie Hanson, daughter Ronette Finnegan and son-in-law, Dale Dodge.
Her family knows that all who met her loved her dearly and share in our loss. We rejoice in the legacy of the blessings she left us as a faithful servant and messenger of God.

Jun
12

Custer, LaVerne Leona 90

LaVerne Custer of Howard Lake, passed away at St. Marys Care Center of Winsted on 6/10/2016.  survived by her children; Linda (Darril) Telecky of Winsted, Steven (Pamela) Custer of Savage and Brenda (Terry) Dalbec of Delano.

Funeral; 11 AM Thursday, 6/16/2016 at St. James Lutheran School of Howard Lake.  Visitation 4-8 PM Wednesday  and 1hr prior to service on Thursday all at St. James School.  Prayer Service; 7PM Wednesday.  Interment Church Cemetery. LaVerne Leona Eleanor Custer was born August 10, 1925 on the Luhman family farm southwest of Howard Lake, Minnesota to Alfred and Clara (Klammer) Luhman. A lifelong member of St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake she was baptized on September 6, 1925 and confirmed in her faith on April 2, 1939.
On February 4, 1945, LaVerne and Donald Custer began their married life together at St. James Lutheran Church. This marriage was blessed with three children. They made their home and living on the family farm where she had been born. As a farmwife she drove tractor for baling hay, raised chickens and now and then took care of a few pigs. Every summer she had large vegetable and flower gardens, growing cucumbers for canning her famous dill pickles and taking special care to raise her beloved gladiolas.
For many years she and Donald enjoyed getting away to a cabin on Fish Trap Lake and in later years camping with family at Schroeder and Collinwood Parks. LaVerne was employed at the Green Giant canning factory in Cokato for many summers also working at the sewing factory in Howard Lake and later at Gage Marketing Group in Howard Lake.
It was on June 10, 2016 that LaVerne Custer was called to her heavenly home having reached the age of 90 years and 10 months.
She was preceded in death by her husband Donald; parents Alfred and Clara Luhman; and siblings Hubert Luhman, Harriet Gronlund, Eugene Luhman, Adelbert Luhman and Harvey Luhman.
LaVerne is survived by her children Linda (Darril) Telecky of Winsted, Steven (Pamela) Custer of Savage, Brenda (Terry) Dalbec of Delano; six grandchildren Jill (Anthony) Adrian, Aaron (Anna) Telecky, Abby (Brandon) Corbesia, Shane (Pauli) Custer, Nathan (Wenyi) Dalbec and Andrew Dalbec; six great grandchildren Nikolas and Samantha Adrian, Isabelle and Ruth Telecky, Samuel and Cecelia Corbesia and Mia Rich.
She is further survived by her brother Arvid (Violet) Luhman; nieces, nephews; many friends and neighbors.
Casket bearers are Nathan Dalbec, Andrew Dalbec, Aaron Telecky, Shane Custer, Kevin Gronlund and Jim Gronlund.

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