Yager, Vernon Louis, 91

Vernon Yager, 91 of Waverly, passed away at the Buffalo Hospital on September 19, 2016. He is survived by his wife Mildred and their children. Funeral Service: 11 AM Saturday, September 24, 2016 at St. James Lutheran Church of Howard Lake. Visitation will begin at 9 AM at church on Saturday. Interment Church Cemetery.
Vernon Louis Yager was born September 16, 1925 on the family farm near Waverly, Minnesota the son of Louis and Meta (Wandersee) Yager. A lifelong member of St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake he was baptized on November 1, 1925 by Reverend C.G. Seltz and confirmed in his faith on April 2, 1939 by Reverend Eugene Seltz.
He farmed his entire life and during the Depression he left home to work for area farmers earning a salary to support his family.
On August 29, 1950 he was married to Mildred Krause. Their marriage was blessed with six children. During the Korean War, he was drafted into the army and served our country for two years.
Returning to the family farm he and Mildred raised their family there as he enjoyed working on the farm until retiring at the age of 78. As important as the farm was to him, it always took second to his family and faith.
It was on September 19, 2016 while with his wife Mildred at the Buffalo Hospital that Vernon Yager was called to his eternal rest at the age of 91 years and 3 days. Yager
He was preceded in death by his parents Louis and Meta Yager; son Bradley; grandson Daniel; brother, Alvin Yager; sisters, Meta Krohn, Erma Krohn, and Elda Hagelin.
Vernon is survived by his wife Mildred of Waverly; children Kenneth (Lee Ann) Yager of Maple Lake; Kevin (Cheri) Yager of New Ulm; Allan Yager of Little Falls; Marlene (Greg) Rudenick of Buffalo; Brian (Darlene) Yager of Cokato; 14 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, sister Lila (Ron) Yager, and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Pallbearers are his grandsons Peter Yager, Markus Yager, Jeff Yager, Paul Yager, Joseph Yager, Justin Yager and Cameron Rudnick.
Officiating at the celebration of his life today is Reverend Mark Loder. Nancy Butterfass is serving as organist. Interment will be at the St. James Cemetery on Dutch Lake.
Arrangements are by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Howard Lake.


Anderson, Dane Edward 22

Anderson, Dane Edward
age 22, of Cokato, MN passed away Monday, September 12, 2016. Dane was born July 6th, 1994 in St. Cloud, MN. He graduated from Dassel-Cokato High school in June of 2013.
Dane loved football, fishing, and had a tender spot in his heart for his family. We will remember him for his big smile, his kindness, and his easy going nature.
Dane is survived by his parents, Bob and Ruth Anderson of Cokato, brothers, Adam (Michelle), TJ (Mari), Lars (Kristin), Nels (Sharon), Max (Savanna), Jack (Fiancé Jean), Cade, and Calder. Also survived by his sisters, Alexis (Mike) Enerson, Lindsey (Jared) Bekkala, Ariana (Matthew) Randell, Hayley (Kurt) Kivisto, Makenzie (Karl) Bekkala, Mallory (Mark) Nordstrom, Abrielle, and Kassidy. Also deeply missing Dane are his grandmother, Lorraine Anderson, eleven nephews, 24 nieces, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Preceded by his grandparents, Andrew Anderson, Melvin and Marion Aho, uncles, Tim Aho and Fred Anderson, and aunt, Carol Niska
A visitation will be held on Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 4-8 PM at the First Apostolic Lutheran Church of Cokato. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to an 11AM funeral service on Friday, September 16, 2016 at the church. Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato, 320-286-2534,


Bloch, Donald Ralph 45

Bloch, Donald Ralph
age 45, of Howard Lake passed away on September 10, 2016 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. He was born August 9, 1971 in Staples, Minnesota (Todd County) to Donald Raymond Bloch and Donna Lee Bridwell. He worked for The City of Buffalo – Utilities. He enjoyed and did his job with great knowledge, determination and with a great sense of humor.

Donald enjoyed working on automobiles, fishing, and cooking. He was a handyman of many traits and skills. He also enjoyed his time with his family and children, cooking large meals during those family gatherings.

He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Heidi, his children, Robert (Chelsie), Michael, Brittany and Abby, grandchildren, parents, brothers and sister, nephews and nieces, along with other relatives and friends.

Integrity, hard-working, inspiring to others and being purposeful was what he stood for. He will be dearly missed.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 11-2 at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake, MN., 320-543-3401


Johnson, Ronald M. 55

Ronald (Ron) passed away at his home on the 7th of
September 2016. He was a 55 years old.
Ron was the 13th of the 15 children of Robert R and Eva F
Johnson (Nee: Tulkki). He was born on the 10th of March
Ron had 14 siblings. 10 boys and 4 girls.
Stephen, Robert, Dagny Kangas (Jerry), Richard, Thomas,
Loren (Bonnie), Gordon (Linda), Daryl, Barbara Eastman
(Eric), JulieAnn Rahkola (John), Phillip, Stuart, Timothy
(Mari) and Heidi Rahkola (Kurt).
Preceding in death by one parent: Eva F Johnson and four siblings: Robert, Dagny,
Thomas and Phillip.
Despite living with and receiving assistance from his parents and family, Ron
contributed in numerous helpful ways. Ron never demanded any special assistance and
he carried any burdens without complaint.
Memorial services on Saturday, the 24th of September at 1:30 pm. Held at the
Minneapolis Laestadian Church; 13030 47th Avenue North Plymouth, MN 55442.
All are welcome.


Rien, Vivian Helen 100

Vivian Helen (Kuglin) Rien, 100 years, 11 months & 1 day, went home to be with the Lord at the Cokato Manor Nursing Home on Thursday, September 1, 2016.

A Celebration of Life service will be on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at Albion Evangelical Free Church, Cokato, MN at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Philip Geoffrion officiating. Music by Norma Geoffrion. A lunch will follow.

Vivian was born September 30, 1915 in Renville County to the late Fred and Annie (Ahrendt) Kuglin. Vivian attended the Middle Creek Evangelical Church where she was both baptized and confirmed. Vivian attended Beckyn District 27 Country School and Renville High School.

On March 2, 1941 she was united in marriage to Alvin Rien of Paynesville, MN at the Middle Creek Evangelical Church in North Redwood. Following the marriage, they moved to a farm south of Annandale. On this farm they spent many joyous years working the farm and raising three children. In 1980 they semi-retired after 39 years. They moved across the road from their farm until Alvin passed away in 1992. In 1996 Vivian moved to Cokato. Alvin and Vivian joined Albion Evangelical Free Church in 1943 where they were faithful members and workers for the Lord. At the time of Vivian’s passing, she was the oldest living member of Albion Church.

Survivors include a daughter; Gloria (Lawrence) Kroshka of Peoria, AZ; son, David (Gwen) Rien of Cokato and their children and grandchildren; Terry (Debbie) Marcus and Devan; Jarrod (Jen) Cameron, Phillip, Tyler, and Alannah; Chad; Shane (Shauna); Misse -Keegan and Haley; Ryley; son Steven (Judy) Rien of Annandale and their children and grandchildren; Matthew (Amy) Katelyn, Brantley, Emma, and Adeline; Michael (Melanie) Rowen and Nora. sister-in-law Edna Kuglin, nieces, nephews and friends.

Vivian was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin in 1992, her mother in 1918 and her father in 1953, brothers – Walter, Lawrence and Orville, sisters – Sylvia, Mable and Pearl.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, a memorial may be sent to Albion Ev. Free Church.

Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cokato & Howard Lake, 320-286-2534,

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