Jul
21

Hoppe, Lucille Veronica 54

Hoppe, Lucille V.
age 54, of Howard Lake, passed away at her home on 7/20/15. Vistation: Fri. 7/24, 4-8 PM, with 7:30 prayer, and 1 hr. prior to services. Funeral Mass: 7/25, 10 AM all at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly.

Jul
16

Bergquist, Henry Benjamin 87

Henry Bergquist of Dassel passed away at Abbott Northwestern Hospital on July 15, 2015. Memorial service: 2PM Monday July 20 at St. James Lutheran Church of Howard Lake. Visitation: 4-7 PM Sunday at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake and 1hr prior to services at church on Monday.

Henry Benjamin Bergquist was born March 28, 1928 in Buffalo, Minnesota the son of Henry H. and Lydia (Ordorff) Bergquist. He was baptized at his parents’ home on April 25, 1928 and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Montrose.
On January 27, 1951 he was united in marriage to Betty Lou Snyder at St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake. They were blessed with six children. His hobbies included fixing things, dancing and flying remote control planes, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
It was on July 15, 2015 while a patient at Abbott NW Hospital that Henry Bergquist was called to his eternal rest having reached the age of 87 years, 3 months and 17 days.
He was preceded in death by his wife Betty Lou; parents Henry H. and Lydia Bergquist; sister Gloria Bergquist; father and mother-in-law Waverly and Florence Snyder; daughter Wanda Buskhol; son-in-law Jack Buskhol; brothers-in-law Kenneth Snyder, Wilfy Decker and Norman Splettstoezer.
Henry is survived by his children Ben Bergquist of Howard Lake, Dwight (special friend Sharon) Bergquist of St. Augusta, Linda (Jeff) Schumacher of Lester Prairie, Doug (Mary Kay) Bergquist of Cokato and Kate (Paul) Jewett of Howard Lake.
He is further survived by twelve grandchildren, Nicole (Corey) Bergquist, Chad Keinholz, Samantha (Doug) Lind, Cassie (Scott) Bergquist, Ashley (Andy) Schwindel, Staci (Travis) Hanson, Kelly (Jesse) Bergquist, Amanda (Adam Loch) Bergquist, Henry (Megan Eiden) Jewett, Amber (Jeremy) Nelson, Kaedee Kay Bergquist and Savanna Buskhol; fifteen great-grandchildren Hunter, Keegan, Lydia, Gracie, Morgan, Liam, Skyler, Slate, Payton, Lucas, Noah, Xander, Estella, Norah, Kimber; brother Jim (Donna) Bergquist; sisters Darlene (Willis) Cardinal and Harriet Splettstoezer (Paul Carlson); sisters-in-law Betty Snyder, Bev Decker; special friend Sharon Farenbaugh; special friends of the family Larry and Dawn Caswell; other relatives and friends.
Honorary pallbearers are his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Officiating at the service today is Pastor William Keller. Nancy Butterfass is serving as organist.

Jul
15

Harkman, Mardell (Micky) Ruth 93


Harkman, Mardell (Micky) Ruth, 93 of Brooklyn Center, passed away on July 14, 2015 in Elko, MN. Survivors include: son Mark of Englewood CO., Son-in-law Larry Meehan of otswego, Grandchildren: Tamie (Mark) Morken of Applevalley, Mark (Missy) Meehan of Albertville. Funeral Service: 11 AM Friday, July 17, 2015 at Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato, Visitation Begins 1hr prior to service, Interment Stockholm Lutheran Cemetery.

Jul
11

Kotila, Alyce 90


Alyce Kotila of Sauk Rapids, formerly Cokato, passed away at the St. Cloud Hospital on July 9, 2015. Funeral Service will be held on Monday, July 13, 2015 at 10;00 AM at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, North of Cokato at French Lake. Visitation will begin there at 8:30 AM.

Alyce Kotila was born on February 22, 1925, at Lake Lillian, Minnesota, to Clarence and Maud (Garberich) Olson. She grew up in the Lake Lillian area. After school Alyce moved to Minneapolis where she took a job at Sears in mail order sales.
In 1946 Alyce married Toivo Kotila in Minneapolis. They made their home on the farm North of Cokato in French Lake Township, where they raised their family of 11 children. After retirement they moved to Big Swan Lake. Alyce later moved to Kimball before entering the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home of Sauk Rapids, Minnesota.
Alyce enjoyed traveling, reading, knitting, staying educated on the world news and politics and spending time with her family. She was a member of the Our Saviors Lutheran church in French Lake, and taught Sunday school there when her children were young. Alyce laid the foundation for the special bond that her grandchildren share today by hosting a weekly Sunday lunch after church at her home on Big Swan Lake where the young cousins got to spend time together every Sunday.
Alyce passed away at the St.Cloud Hospital on July 9, 2015. Survivors include her children: Ellyn (Mike Hannan) of Blaine, Larry (Gloria) Kotila of Dassel, Betty (Roland) Jurgens of Clearwater, Jerry Kotila of South Haven, Cheryl (Mike) Watson of Appleton, Wisconsin, Darrel (Kathy) Kotila of Litchfield, Bonnie Kotila of St.Cloud, Brenda Stouffer of Morris, Diana Hentges of Kimball, and Terry Kotila of Phoenix, Arizona. Alyce’s pride and joy include 28 grandchildren and 38 great grandchildren. Brother Roger Olson.
Alyce was preceded in death by: her parents Clarence and Maud, Toivo, Daughter Maryln Hunt, Grandson Todd Roy, great granddaughters, Nevaeh Stouffer and Rayna Danger, and her brother Harold.

Jul
06

Wicker, Ralph Trueman 93

Ralph Trueman Wicker, age 93, died July 4, 2015, in Buffalo. Ralph was a nearly lifelong resident of Cokato. He was born there on Jan. 29, 1922, and after wedding Vivian Stein on April 10, 1948, was married for 67 years and raised three children there.

After serving in the Marines and being stationed in Hawaii and Japan during and after World War II, Ralph was employed by local companies Johnson Produce and Dura Supreme for many years. One of his true passions, however, was gardening. Many family members and friends got to share in the beauty of Ralph’s flowers and the bounty of his vegetable garden. He also loved reading, traveling, spending time with his family, stamp collecting and serving the Cokato Evangelical Lutheran Church in a variety of roles, including as a church council member and Sunday School teacher.

Ralph is survived by his wife, Vivian, of Monticello; daughters Ann McDonald of Mashpee, Mass., and Kay Wicker of Minneapolis; son Brian (Robin) of St. Michael; and grandchildren Kristin (Tom) Maynard of Mulberry, Fla., and Matt McDonald of Hyannis, Mass. He was preceded in death by his parents, Timothy and Esther Wicker, brother Dennis and sister Donna.

A memorial service will be held Monday, July 13, at 1PM. at Cokato Evangelical Lutheran Church. Visitation will be 4-9 PM Sunday at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Cokato. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given in his name to the church.

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