Jun
21

Johnson, Gary Franklin 78

Johnson, Gary Franklin
age 78, of Cokato passed away on June 20, 2017 at Savanna Prairie assisted living in Kimball, MN. He was born November 12, 1938 in Cokato, MN to Albert and Hannah (Paulson) Johnson. Gary was baptized and confirmed in the Cokato Evangelical Lutheran Church. He graduated from Cokato High School. Following graduation, Gary worked many years at Cokato Cement Works and later various agricultural jobs.
He enjoyed deer hunting and many other outdoor activities. Gary was an avid trap shooter and a member of Rainbow Sportsmen’s Club. Gary also really enjoyed people and country music.
Preceded in death by his parents, brother, Myron, sister, Dorene (Melvin) Norine.
Survived by his nephew, Brad (Deb) Norine, along with many great-nieces and great-nephews, family and friends.
A graveside service will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the Cokato City Cemetery. Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cokato, 320-286-2534, www.swansonpeterson.com

Jun
21

Swanson, Reverend Danville Karl 71


Reverend Dan Swanson passed away at Abbott Northwestern Hospital on June 20, 2017. He had reached the age of 71 years, 8 months and 19 days.
Funeral Service: 2 PM Saturday, June 24, 2017, at First Baptist Church of Cokato.
Visitation: 4-9 PM Friday at Church, and 1 hour prior to service on Saturday.
Interment; Estherville, Iowa
Reverend Danville Karl Swanson was born in Albert Lea, Minnesota on October 1, 1945 to Ivan and Nellie (Salley) Swanson. He grew up in Estherville, Iowa and graduated from Estherville High School in 1963. Dan went on to Estherville Community College, then Mankato State College graduating in 1967 with a degree in teaching. He taught for 3 years in West Bend and Fremont-Mills, Iowa.
Dan married Cindy Simkins on August 16, 1969. They were married by Reverend Olaf Nelsen in Youngstown, Ohio. He went on to attend Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN, graduating with a Masters of Divinity in 1974. Dan and Cindy served faithfully at four different churches: Bakerview Baptist in Ferndale, Washington, Union Baptist in Estherville, Iowa, Bethany Baptist in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and First Baptist Church in Cokato, MN, where he served from 1990 till 2012, when he retired from full-time ministry.
Dan enjoyed golf, reading, movies of all kinds, playing cards at family gatherings, and oldies music. He especially enjoyed spending time with family on vacations. Until the end, he was famous (infamous!) for his attempts at humor and his desire to make people laugh. He was a true servant who would give the shirt off his back to help. He absolutely loved people – he never met a person who didn’t walk away from him feeling genuinely cared about. However, the most important things in Dan’s life were God, his family, and his congregation.
Dan passed away at Abbott Northwestern Hospital on the morning of June 20, 2017. He had reached the age of 71 years, 8 months and 19 days.
Dan was preceded in death by his parents, Ivan and Nellie Swanson, and his niece, Caryl Verbrugge.
He is survived by his wife, Cindy, Cokato, MN; his children Beth (Mark) Roelofs, Spokane, WA, Andy Swanson, Hopkins, MN, and Greg (Angela) Swanson, Otsego, MN; his grandchildren Marin and Annika Roelofs and Madilyn, Brylee, and Emily Swanson; his sisters Sally (Bernie) Verbrugge, Armstrong, IA, and Laura (Steve) Young, Estherville, IA; and many nieces, nephews, and other extended family.

Jun
13

Carlson, John Arthur 77

Carlson, John Arthur
age 77, of Cokato passed away on June 12, 2017. He was born June 10, 1940 in Stockholm Township, MN to George and Alice (Krueger) Carlson. John Graduated from Cokato High School in 1958. He was united in marriage to Darlene Groskreutz on February 17, 1968 in Litchfield, MN. This union was blessed with 2 children.
John worked at Thelander department store and the movie theater in Cokato. For the last 30 years, he worked for the state of Minnesota.
Survived by his wife of 49 years, Darlene, and children, Jeff and Jackie.
Preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Ardis Schultz.
A graveside service will be held at 11 AM on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at the Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Cokato, with a time of gathering beginning at 10:30 AM. Casual attire and bright colors are preferred. Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato, www.swansonpeterson.com, 320-286-2534

Jun
10

Wuollet, Levi William 18


Levi William Wuollet passed away June 5, 2017.
Funeral Service: 10 AM Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at The Laestadian Lutheran Church of Cokato.
Visitation: 4-8 PM Tuesday, June 13 at church
Prayer Service: 7 PM Tuesday
Interment: Cokato Finnish Cemetery
Levi William Wuollet, 18, of Dassel, MN was called to his Heavenly home Monday, June 5th, 2017 unexpectedly while swimming in the Crow River.
Levi was born on January 28th, 1999 in Buffalo, Minnesota the 12th of 13 children to Riitta Liisa Wuollet and David William Wuollet.
Levi was a dear son, brother, uncle, and friend who always had a smile on his face. Our dear Levi loved downhill skiing, water ¬¬skiing, swimming, boating, camping, and doing many other activities with his family and friends. Levi loved all of his siblings immeasurably. Levi’s life was blessed with many dear friends who were such an important part of his life. Levi enjoyed rock collecting, reading, technology, and computers. Levi worked his junior and senior year at Forsman Farms in Howard Lake and had just started a new job at Stellar Trim as a trim carpenter.
Levi graduated from Dassel-Cokato High School on June 4th, 2017. He will be dearly missed by his family, friends and loved ones.
Levi is survived by his parents Riitta Wuollet of Dassel, MN and David (Stacey) Wuollet of Otsego, MN.
Siblings: Kevin (Renae) Wuollet, Menahga, MN
Bryan (Lisa) Wuollet, Palmer, AK
Sonja (Seth) Oberg, Cokato, MN
Renee (Jose) Mendoza, Cokato, MN
Shane (Elizabeth) Wuollet, Wasilla, AK
Amber (Ryan) Laulainen, Big Lake, AK
Karlo (Katelyn) Wuollet, Buffalo, MN
Jacob Wuollet, Dassel, MN
Abbey Wuollet, Eden Prairie, MN
Anika (Tanner) Collette, Williston, ND
Teena (Daniel) Siltala, Cokato, MN
Quincy Wuollet, Dassel, MN

31 nieces and nephews, Grandparents Pekka and Laina Marjanen of Litchfield, MN and Eva Wuollet of Cokato, MN and many relatives and friends
He is preceded in death by his Grandfather Donald Wuollet, and Aunts Cynthia Aho, and Tina Wuollet.

Jun
07

FitzSimmons, Davon Paul 19

On June 4, 2017, Davon Paul FitzSimmons left this earth. Davon touched the lives of so many people in his 19 years. Davon will be missed terribly by all who knew him. Davon enjoyed traveling with his dad, spending time with his family and friends, music, writing, wrestling, weight lifting, movies, and spending time with his younger cousins. Davon is survived by his father David FitzSimmons; grandparents Pat & Marie FitzSimmons; grandmother Susan (Bill) Lawrence; great grandfather Robert Walters, aunts and uncles Brandy Stephens, Angela Schrupp, Katie (Chris) Luoto, Jeff FitzSimmons, Paul (Taryn) FitzSimmons, Kim (Steven) Schmitt, and eleven cousins. Preceded in death by his brother Javon Stephens, mother Shelly Stephens, grandfather Wayne Stephens and great grandparents Robert and Bonita “Bonnie” FitzSimmons, Laura Walters, and Robert and Gloria Snyder. The wake will be held on Friday, June 9th from 4-7pm and the funeral on Saturday, June 10th at 1pm, viewing begins at 12pm; both will be held at New Life Assembly of God Church in Cokato.

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