Oct
13

Majava, Oscar H. 92

Oscar Herman Majava, age 92, of rural Cokato, MN, passed away Wednesday, October 7, 2020, at Cokato Manor.

A memorial service will take place Saturday October 24, at 11 a.m. at the Albion Evangelical Free Church.

Oscar was born September 19, 1928, in Cokato Township to Edward and Mary (Kuha) Majava.
After schooling, Oscar began working for local farmers before serving in the United States Army stateside during the Korean War. While serving he spent time in Texas and traveled the West Coast. Upon completing his service he returned home to the farm. He led a simple life, loved animals, and knew the value of hard work, family, and friends. He enjoyed cheering on the Green Bay Packers, keeping an active lifestyle, and conversing and sharing stories with friends. Oscar was ready with coffee, lemonade, and cookies for visitors who dropped in and was always willing to lend a helping hand to neighbors and friends.
Oscar loved to have fun and watch kids grow. For several years he dressed as Santa Claus, and on Halloween all the neighborhood kids knew to stop there for a dollar and a treat. Oscar was patient with greenhorns trying to help work on the farm and always found opportunities to make work fun.
Oscar was a proud member of the American Legion Post 209 for over 50 years. He carried the American flag during the National Anthem at DC football games, marched with the Legion in many Corn Carnival parades, and honored fellow veterans with a military gun salute. Oscar was a soldier, farmer, and friend to all.
Oscar was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Mary Majava, and his brothers Clarence, Pete, and George. Oscar is survived by his brother, Eino Majava, nieces and nephews, and many relatives and friends.
Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cokato, 320-286-2534, www.swansonpeterson.com

Sep
29

Schroeder, Dennis E. 77

Dennis Ernest Schroeder was born April 29, 1943 to Ernest and Erna (Plath) Schroeder in Hutchinson, MN. He was baptised on May 30, 1943 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church Lynn Township and confirmed on April 14, 1957 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church Buffalo Lake. He graduated from Buffalo Lake in 1961 and received his undergraduate degree from Mankato State University in 1965. He later received a Master’s in Education from St. Cloud State University.

On July 17, 1965, Dennis was united in marriage to Louise Nelson at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church Buffalo Lake. Their marriage was blessed with a daughter Denise and son Kyle.

Dennis and Louise moved to Elmore, MN in 1965 where Dennis was a high school Business, German, and Driver’s Education teacher for two years. In 1967, they moved to Hutchinson, MN where Dennis was employed at Ridgewater College as a Secretarial and Clerical skills teacher until his retirement in 1999. During his teaching career at the college, he also worked with curriculum development and as the Tech Prep Coordinator. He also found time to co-author a typing tutorial software as an independent contractor.

Dennis enjoyed camping, traveling, playing cards and games with his wife, family and friends. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and watching his grandchildren grow. He was extremely proud of his daughter and son following him into the education profession. He was a very active member of Christ the King Church and participated with the church council, choir, usher, serving school lunches, and Saturday free meals. Dennis was also involved in the community as an election judge and caucus convener.

Dennis was a Life Member of Hutchinson Elks Lodge #2427 and took great pride in his work. He was a Past Exalted Rule, District Deputy, secretary (40 years), State Secretary (16 years), State Elk of the Year, and Hutchinson Elk of the Year. He participated in countless volunteer activities while a member of the Elks such as Bingo, Youth Camp, Taco Stand, Hoop Shoot, Conventions, Gun Show and the list goes on and on.

Dennis passed away on September 28, 2020 (on his late mother’s 100th birthday) while in hospice care at Harmony River.

Dennis is survived by his wife Louise, two children: daughter Denise and her husband Monte Einck, Kyle and his wife Laurie. Grandchildren Allison (fiancé Carl Fils-Aime), Makenna, and Maxten Einck. Eleanor, Andrew, and Julia Schroeder. Brothers: Darrel and Vicki Schroeder, Delwin and Sue Schroeder and several nieces and nephews.

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents Ernie and Erna Schroeder and in-laws Walter and Mildred Nelson.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, October 2, 2020 at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Hutchinson with visitation 2 hours prior to services at the church. Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato, www.swansonpeterson.com 320-286-2534

Sep
25

Vanbenschoten, Gerald Theron 72


Gerald (Jerry) Theron VanBenschoten was born in Springfield, New York to Theron and Doris (Seymour) VanBenschoten on January 27, 1948. He grew up in Richfield Springs, New York and graduated high school there.
After high school Jerry went to Florida where he worked driving pilings on the Seven Mile Bridge that leads to Key West. He also chartered scuba diving boats while in Florida.
On August 8, 1974 Jerry married Patricia Ellefson; the couple left Florida and moved to New Germany, Minnesota and later to Howard Lake. Jerry owned his own janitorial business for 15 years. When he was no longer able to do his janitorial work he enjoyed customer service and courier roles before retiring.
Jerry had many hobbies: golfing, bowling, shooting and woodworking. He was an active member of his church, Living Waters Christian Fellowship.
Jerry passed away unexpectedly on September 23, 2020 at the Buffalo Hospital Emergency Room.
He is survived by his wife Patricia of Howard Lake, Daughter Sara (William) Selvidge and their children Nora and Jasper of St. Michael. Also, his sisters Beverly (David) Wilson of Richfield Springs, New York, and Betty Graham of Debary, Florida.
Gerald was preceded in death by his parents: Theron and Doris and sister Joan.
Memorial Service: 11 AM Saturday, October 3, 2020 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Waverly.
Following the service all are invited to a Covid safe box lunch at the residance

Sep
17

Johnson, Darren Lee 56


Darren Lee Johnson age 56 of Rockford, passed away unexpectedly September 1st, 2020. Proceeded in death by his parents Charles and Bonnie Johnson. Survived by brothers, Jerod, Mark (Betty), Randy (Michele) along with aunts Grace Nelson and Adele Mumford as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Darren was born February 25, 1964 in Litchfield MN. He worked 27 years for the USDA as an inspector which had him living in Cherry Hill NJ, Austin MN, Oakland California and ultimately returning to Minnesota to finish his career in the Mankato district. Darren had recently decided to retire fully and start traveling the world. He had trips planned to New Jersey, Texas and California intending to reconnect with friends made during his many years of living outside of Minnesota. He also had a Caribbean Cruise planned showing little regard for the world of Covid! He had an infectious laugh and a sharp wit that will be dearly missed by those who had the pleasure. Darren will be interned with his parents in a private service at the Cokato Baptist Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held at Cokato Baptist Church, Sunday October 4th from 1:30-4:00. Masks and social distancing will be required by all those in attendance. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make a donation to MN Teen Challenge in Darren’s name

Sep
15

Marohn, Kenneth Edwin 86

Kenneth Edwin Marohn was born April 14, 1934, to Edwin and Esther (Goerke) Marohn. Ken was born on the home farm in Middleville Township north of Howard Lake. He passed away at Mercy Hospital at the age of 86 years, on September 14, 2020.
He was baptized and confirmed in Bethlehem Lutheran Church and graduated from Annandale High School in 1952.
He joined the United States Navy and served for four years, spending most of his service time on the carriers. Upon honorable discharge he worked in San Salvador as an electronic technician for RCA for two years. He also worked for Control Data for about 20 years while farming north of Howard Lake.
Ken was preceded in death by his grandparents, his parents, Edwin and Esther, and his brother Ronald. He is survived by his brother Norman (Toots), brother William (Kay) and sister Jeanette (Vernon Beckala) and sister-in-law Alice Marohn. Other survivors also include his 13 nieces and nephews, John and Eddie Marohn and Lisa (Jim Spitz); Dawnine Beckala, Jamie (Denise) and Chad (Denise) and Stacy (Michael Blackmun); Terri (Lon Spangrud), Keith Marohn, Heather (Scott Ludwig); Sarah (Nathan Miller), Jennifer (Chad Haas), and Holly (Scott Wellman); as well as friends and relatives.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 11:00 AM with visitation 1 hour prior to service at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Middleville Township, Annandale, Minnesota. Pastor Rob Jarvis will be officiating. Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home, 320-286-2534, www.swansonpeterson.com

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