Hamilton, Leland Ray 54

Hamilton, Leland Ray
age 54, of Howard Lake, passed away on January 28, 2015 at his home. He was born on October 3, 1960 to William and Christina Hamilton. Lee’s family resided in the Battle Lake and Fargo areas. He was united in marriage to Katherine Asp, and this union was blessed with 3 children. Katherine passed away in 1998. In 1999, Lee met Cheryl Lauzer and they were wed on October 19, 2002 at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, Minnesota, where they resided.
Lee loved the holiday’s, especially the 4th of July. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, NASCAR, and the Vikings, but most of all he loved spending time with his family and friends.
Survived by his wife, Cheryl, children Jessica, Laura, and Mark, granddaughter Nellie Jane, siblings, Wayne (Bertha) Hamilton, Margie Leinen, Leslie (Carol) Hamilton, Ronald Hamilton, Harry Hamilton, and Dick (Romaine) Hamilton.

Preceded in death by his parents, wife, Katherine, brothers, Arnold and Tommy, and sister, Clara.
A celebration of life will take place at 2:00 PM on Friday, February 6, 2015 at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, with visitation beginning at 12:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the family.


Anderson, Frederick Daniel 65

Frederick (Fred) Daniel Anderson, age 65 of St. Cloud, MN passed away Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 at the St. Cloud VA medical facility. He was the son of Andrew and Lorraine (Hamari) Anderson and grew up in East Bethel, MN. Fred served as a member of the US Army, serving mostly in European countries for four years. After his military service, Fred worked as a teacher, insurance agent, and at the St. Cloud DAV. Fred was well known for his love of helping our country’s veterans at the St. Cloud VA facility, serving there as a volunteer in many capacities. He was also an avid fisherman who enjoyed sharing his fishing techniques with others. Fred will always be remembered for his humorous true life stories. He was preceded in death by his father, Andrew. He is survived by his mother, Lorraine, of Cokato. Children: Michael (Pat) of Bangkok, Thailand; Chad (Breanne) of Brooklyn Park, MN; Brandon (Angie) of Savage, MN; Andrea of Austin, TX; Joanna (Chris) Ehresman of Plymouth, MN. Grandchildren: Nina Anderson; Kieran, Cooper, and Jocelyn Anderson; Tristan and Charlotte Anderson; and Eli Ehresman. Brothers: Les of Portland, OR; David (Sylvia) of Virginia, MN; Robert (Ruth) of Cokato, MN. Sisters: Karen (Tom) Aho of Cokato, MN and Barbara (John) Lehto of Cokato, MN. Fred is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. Fred was a life-long member of the First Apostolic Lutheran Church. Funeral services will be held at the First Apostolic Lutheran Church in Dassel, MN at 2:00 PM on Saturday, January 31, 2015 with visitation 1 hour prior to the service. Military burial service at Camp Ripley at a later date.


Wendolek, Mary Ann 84

Wendolek, Mary Ann
age 84, of Cokato, passed away on January 22, 2015 at the Cokato Manor. She was born November 1, 1930 in Chatfield, Minnesota to Charles and Catherine Cox. At age 1, Mary Ann lost her father, Charles. Shortly after, Catherine was united in marriage to Frank Ardolf. Following this union, the family resided in Silver Lake, Minnesota where Mary Ann attended St. Joseph Catholic School and The School Sisters Notre Dame in Mankato. She graduated from Silver Lake High School. Following high school, Mary Ann worked until being united in marriage to Theophil Wendolek on August 2, 1949. This union was blessed with the birth of 5 children. In 1951, the Wendolek family moved to Cokato, where Mary Ann worked for over 30 years at Fabri-Tek.
She enjoyed her flower garden, crocheting, cross stitching, and was known for her chocolate chip cookies. Mary Ann loved to spend time with her friends and family, traveling and visiting casinos. She was an active member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Darwin.
Survived by her husband of 65 years, Theophil, children Bonita (Roland) Hansen, Linda (Jim) Carlen, Joe (Lisa) Wendolek, Pamela (Randy) Nowak, and Lisa Weiss. Also survived by 13 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, brothers, Alfred, Bob, Fr. Paul, and sister, Germaine.
Preceded in death by her parents, and 4 siblings.
Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday, January 26, 2015, 11:00 AM, at St. Johns Catholic Church in Darwin with Visitation 1 hour prior to the service at church.


Lemke, Mardell Carol 74

Mardell Carol Lemke
Passed away in Phonex, Arizona on January 15, 2015
Memorial Service: 2:00 PM Thursday, January 29, 2015 at St. James Lutheran Church of Howard Lake
Visitation: 4-8 PM Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake
Mardell Carol Lemke was born October 18, 1940 in Cokato, Minnesota, the daughter of Marvin and Bernadette (Engelman) Schuman. She was baptized on November 10, 1940 and confirmed in her faith on April 11, 1954 at St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake.
After graduating from Howard Lake High School she attended Concordia College, St. Paul, Minnesota.
On August 18, 1960, Mardell was married to Vernon Lemke at St. James Lutheran Church. Their marriage was blessed with five children.
Mardell taught in Lutheran grade schools in New Germany and Watertown. In Howard Lake, she was a substitute at St. James Lutheran grade school and the Howard Lake elementary school. For over 34 years she provided daycare in her home in Howard Lake. Many children adored her. Each child was very special to her, and she cared deeply for each and every one of them.
Two years after their retirement Mardell and Vern moved to Garrison, Minnesota in 2007. They enjoyed spending time with family and friends. They spent their summers in Garrison and winters in Apache Junction, Arizona.
On January 15, 2015, while a patient at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona Mardell was called to her eternal rest.
She was preceded in death by her parents; father-in-law and mother-in-law Paul and Lorena Lemke; brother Beryl Schumann; sister-in-law Delores Vollrath; brothers-in-law Harlan Herman and Loren Lemke.
Mardell is survived by her husband Vernon Lemke; children Lynn Eischens (husband Doug, children Jennifer, Nicholas and Shawn), Joel Lemke (wife Jan, children Matthew and Brooke), Kim Wilson (husband Tony, children Krista and Katie), Jere Lemke (significant other Melissa, children Andrew, Brian, Kayla and Cody), and Dean Lemke (children Mercedes, Dylan and Lexi); fourteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. She is further survived by sisters-in-law LaJean Herman, Ruth Templin and Joyce Schumann; brother-in-law Rueben Vollrath; other family and friends to numerous to mention but not forgotten.
Honorary Pallbearers are her grandchildren: Jennifer Jerdee, Nicholas Lemke, Shawn Webb, Matthew Lemke, Brooke Lemke, Krista Zieglmeier, Katie Zieglmeier, Andrew Jerde, Brian Jerde, Kayla Schlicht, Cody Lemke, Mercedes Lemke, Dylan Lemke and Alexia Lemke.


Doolittle, Howard Emery 83

Howard Emery Doolittle
of Howard Lake, passed away at his home on January 11, 2015.
Services will take place at a later date

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