Jun
16

Nevala, Paul H. 89

Paul Hendrick Nevala of Cokato, passed away at Cokato Manor on June 14, 2019
Funeral Service: 11 Am Thursday, June 20, 2019 at Cokato Laestadian Lutheran Church.
Visitation: 4-8 PM Wednesday, at the Church
Prayer Service: 7 PM Wednesday at Church
Interment: Cokato Finnish Cemetery
Paul Hendrick Edward Nevala was born on April 15, 1930 to Leonard and Hinni Nevala at the home of his grandparents William and Matilda Alajoki in Blueberry Twp, Wadena County, Minnesota. He was the third of nine children. Paul spent his early adult years helping on the family farm until entering the US Army at the age of 26. He was a PFC (Private First Class) with a specialty of AAA (Anti-Aircraft Artillery) Gun Crewman and received a good conduct medal.
Paul married Martha Erickson in November of 1959, and they made their first home in Minneapolis. Paul and Martha were blessed with 12 children. While living in Minneapolis and later in Maple Grove, he worked as a shipping and receiving foreman for Northrup King Seeds. Paul was called to serve as a minister in the Minneapolis congregation in 1977. When he was laid off from Northrup King Seeds in 1984, he accepted a call from the Cokato congregation to be their full time pastor, and moved his family to Stockholm, MN. During many of those years, he also worked at the Laestadian Lutheran Church office in Plymouth. In the early 90’s, when his wife Martha became ill, he faithfully cared for her until her death in 1995. A year after Martha’s death, he was remarried to Clara Kemppainen. He then spent his years of retirement in Brainerd and Cokato. Paul and Clara spent time traveling, visiting children and grandchildren.
Paul developed multiple hobbies and skills throughout his life. He was an avid deer hunter who fondly remembered the fellowship of hunting together with his family and friends. He had many stories of hunts with his father, his brother Peter, and cousins Elmer and Reuben Alajoki and their father Henry. He was an expert marksman who kept his family stocked with venison, and prepared delicious meals with the meat. Along with hunting, Paul enjoyed fishing and woodworking. He also enjoyed music and in his younger years, he sang at several occasions at the request of friends.
Paul is remembered by many congregation members as a soft-spoken servant of the Word with a good sense of humor. He joined in their family celebrations, serving them at baptisms, weddings and funerals. He is remembered by his children as a caring father who often waited at the kitchen table until they returned home, sometimes late into the night. He lived a life of moderation with simple needs, trusting that God would provide for each day. To the end, his most fervent wish was to remain a child of God and to make it to heaven.
Paul is survived by his wife Clara, by his children: David (Tarja) of Spokane, WA; Dorothy of Cokato, MN; Lauri (Denise) of Monticello, MN; Thomas of Cokato, MN; Judith Siltala (Wade) of Cokato, MN; Lisa Kinnunen (Tommi) of Cokato, MN; Richard (Kathryn) of Buffalo, MN; Erick (Cindy) of Big Lake, MN; Matthew (Anna-Mari) of Kiiminki, Finland; Jonathan (Michelle) of Sebeka, MN; James (Marjo) of Kemi, Finland; 44 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren; sisters Thelma Lehto (Reino) of Clatskanie, OR; Miriam Nevala of Sebeka, MN; Maria Jarvi (Ray) of Sebeka, MN; Edna Skoog (Harvey) of Prescott Valley, AZ. sister-in-law Evelyn Nevala of Menahga, MN. Paul was preceded in death by his parents (Leonard and Hinni); his brother (Peter); three sisters (Naemi, Hinni and Nora); his first wife (Martha); son (Alan); grandchild (Kate Nevala); and great grandchild (Ellie Kinnunen).

Jun
05

Drusch, Darlene Marie (Smith) 80

Darlene Marie (Smith) Drusch, age 80 of Howard Lake, passed away peacefully at her home on June 3, 2019 surrounded by her family.

She lived her entire life in or near Howard Lake. She was born September 19, 1938 in Minneapolis to Louis and Etta (Gebhardt) Smith. She had one brother, Gerald, and was raised on the family farm in Middleville Township.

Darlene was baptized on September 29, 1938 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly and confirmed May 10, 1964 at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. She graduated from Howard Lake High School in 1956. She was a longtime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Winsted and most recently, at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Buffalo.

In 1963, Darlene wed Donald Drusch, and they were married for 16 years. Together they raised six children: Steve, Connie and Joe (stepchildren), and three children together: Debbie, Danny, and Donna.

She worked for several years as a cook at Howard Lake High School and then worked at a local direct mail company for over two decades.

Darlene will be remembered for her love of family, always lending a helping hand, and her love of music. She especially loved guitar and piano and played in a polka band for many years. In her retirement, she loved to spend her mornings going for coffee with friends, gardening, solving word search puzzles, traveling to Colorado to see family, and going to flea markets and garage sales to find the best deal.

She is survived by her children: Donna (Steve) Gatz of Howard Lake, Danny Drusch of Woodland Park, CO and Debbie (Michael) Vialpando of Colorado Springs, CO; nine grandchildren: Laura (Nathan) Robinson of Delano, Krystal (Justin) Scheibel of Minneapolis, Brandon (Kassie) Gatz of Hutchinson, Michael (Kimberly) Vialpando of Colorado Springs, CO, Kaitlyn (Trevor) Goldberg of Colorado Springs, CO, Jaime Vialpando and Jordan Vialpando of Colorado Springs, CO; Bailey Gatz and Heather Gatz of Howard Lake; and two beloved great-grandchildren: Lily Robinson and Paul Gatz. She is further survived by her brother, Gerald (Maggie) Smith of Waverly.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Etta Smith.

A celebration of Darlene’s life will take place on Monday, June 10, 2019 at the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake. Visitation will be from 2-4pm with a service at 4pm. The service will be officiated by Pastor Ryan Clark of St. John’s Buffalo, with special music by Bruce Gatz and Kay Knutson. Internment will be a private ceremony with family at a future date.

May
28

Main, Beatrice C. 103


Beatrice passed away on May 25, 2019 at the Howard Lake Good Samaritan Center.
Memorial Service: 11 AM Monday, June 3, 2019 at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Howard Lake
Visitation: 1 hr prior to service at church on Monday
Interment: Howard Lake Cemetery
Beatrice Main was born to Harry and Ethel (Swanson) Anderson on July 3, 1915. She was the oldest of 4 children, 1 sister Norma and 2 brothers Leonard and Dale. She was baptized as an infant and confirmed as a youth at Mount Herman Lutheran Church in Albion Township. She graduated from Howard Lake High School in 1933.
On June 1, 1934 Beatrice was united in marriage to George Main at Mount Herman Lutheran Church in Albion Township by Pastor Alex Sand. They made their home in Howard Lake. To this union 4 children were born.
Beatrice worked on the production line at Tonka Toys for 25 years before retiring in 1979.
Beatrice was an active member of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, where she served on the Alter Guild and the Do-Day Quilters. In her final years at the Good Samaritan she enjoyed reading and doing word puzzles
Beatrice was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother. She is survived by her 4 children: Janice Pettit, Gene (Glee) Main, Gerald (Connie) Main and Thomas Main. 10 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and 8 great great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by: her parents Harry and Ethel, husband George, sister Norma, brothers Leonard and Dale Anderson, son-in-law Paul Pettit and grandson Gregory Pettit.

May
14

Johnson-Brule, Jenell Amelia 44

Jenell (Nellie Jones) Amelia Johnson-Brule, 44, of Kilkenny, Minnesota. Passed away unexpectedly surrounded by her loved ones late Friday night, on May 10th, 2019. Nellie was born to Brad and JoAnn Johnson, on August 16th, 1974, in Devils Lake, North Dakota.

She enjoyed many activities and favorite hobbies including gardening, interior decorating, working on the farm, cooking, spending time down at the lake, and most importantly spending time with her three children, large family, and her loving fiancé.

Loved and survived by her oldest daughter Kelsey (Jacob) Johnson, son Jace Brule, and youngest daughter Jordynn Brule. Parents Brad and JoAnn Johnson, Siblings Bill (Marita) Scheer, Shelly (James) McCormick, John (Lana) Johnson, Richard (Julie) Valenzuela, and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Jenell is preceded in death by her maternal grandparents John and Amelia LeNoir, Paternal Grandfather Ernst Johnson, youngest sister Monica Valenzuela, and nephew Baby Rich.

Services will be held May 31st, 2019 at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake. Address to Swanson-Peterson 1224 6th street, Howard Lake, MN, 55349.
Visitation begins at 10:00am, the memorial service will start at 11:00am, a luncheon to follow.

Also a celebration of life will be held in Waterville, Saturday June 1st, at Bullheads Bar and Grill (256 W Main St E, Waterville, MN, 56096) at 4:00pm.

May
11

Diers, Harland John 82

Diers, Harland John
age 82, of Paynesville passed away on April 28, 2019. He was born March 14, 1937 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Viola (Luedke) and Rueben Diers. On June 14, 1957 he was united in marriage to Caroline Blomker at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, Minnesota. He was a truck driver for Supervalu and Local 120 Union for 33 years. Harland enjoyed fishing and hunting
Survived by his wife, Caroline, children, Kenneth (Oksanna) Diers, William (Kathy) Diers, Pamela (Byron) Hassell, James (Nancy) Diers, Candace (Keith) Bohlman, 13 Grandchildren, and 10 Great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his parents, and sister Margie Lemke.
A memorial service will be held at 11 AM on Friday, May 17, 2019 at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake with visitation 1 hr prior to service at the church. Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cokato & Howard Lake, 320-543-3401, www.swansonpeterson.com

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