Jun
19

Hummell, Gerald “Gerry” 64

Gerald “Gerry” William Hummell of Howard Lake passed at the age of 64 on June 17th. Celebrate my passing for I am with the Lord. I run willingly into the arms of the Lord Jesus Christ. I was born into the Spirit of God at the age of 18. My passion grew and matured as I studied the Word of God. Jesus is holding me tenderly as I am reunited with my son Lance and my mom and dad. Pain, grief. Illness and misfortune are not part of my heavenly existence. I bask in the love of the Lord now and forever more. My hopes and dreams are passed to my beloved children Abbie Elizabeth (Tim ) Foster, Rebecca Sue Hummell, Cory Mikael Hummell, Brett Raphael Hummell, Bryce Caleb Hummell and stepchildren Carisue Flores, Scott Gilbert and Mark Gilbert and many grandchildren. My wife Ann Elizabeth and I shared a wonderful journey. My sister Chris (Gary ) Chapman and brother David Hummell remain alive and precious in the eyes of the Lord. Lovingly written by Ann.
Proceeded in death by son, Lance Hummell.

A celebration of Gerry’s life will take place at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, June 24 at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake, with visitation beginning 1 hour prior to the service.

Jun
19

Berg, Beverly Ann 77

Berg, Beverly Ann
age 77, of Cokato passed away on June 15, 2015 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She was born June 24, 1937 in Silver Lake, Minnesota to Milo and Lauretta (Bartush) Pipal, and grew up on a farm near Cokato. Beverly attended Dahl country school for 6 years and graduated from Cokato High School in 1955. She then attended the Minneapolis School of Business and worked as a secretary and bookkeeper at the University of Minnesota, Cokato High School, Bethel College, Cokato Manor, and Dassel-Cokato High School. Beverly was also co-owner of Cokato Nursery. She was united in marriage to Eugene Berg in 1961, after he came to Cokato High School in 1960 to teach math and science. In 1967, Gene and Beverly adopted their son, Michael, and 2 ½ years later their daughter, Maria. They lived on their 50 acre farm where they later started the Cokato Nursery, at first as a hobby that later became their retirement.
Beverly was an active member of First Baptist Church of Cokato for over 50 years, serving as clerk, Sunday school teacher, deaconess, and secretary for Pastor Danville Swanson. She sent bulletins to absent attendees, and tried to give home knit mittens to every lady in church. Beverly was also a member of the Legion Auxiliary, and volunteered at the local food shelf and thrift store.
Survived by her children, Mike (Monica) Berg, and Maria Berg, grandchildren, Morgan and Micah Berg, and Lauren Johnson, brothers, Eldon and Wesley (Vuriel) Pipal, sister, Lorraine Borchardt, and sister-in-law, Millie Pipal.
Proceeded in death by her parents, and husband, Gene.
Beverly loved the Lord, and coffee! Bring your own mug and join her family for one last cup in memory of Bev. A celebration of her life will take place at 2:00 PM on Friday, June 26, 2015 at the First Baptist Church in Cokato.

May
20

LaCroix, Roger Gilbert Jr. 60

LaCroix, Roger Gilbert Jr.
age 60, of Howard Lake passed away after a long courageous battle with cancer on May 19, 2015. Preceded in death by his parents, Joan and Roger “Rocky” LaCroix. Survived by his loving wife, Sandy, daughter Shannon, granddaughter, Shai, honorary granddaughter, Rianna, sisters, Terry, Michele (Jim), Jeanne (Stewart), brother, Laurence (Deb), along with many other family, friends, and furry friends. Private Mass.

May
14

Saari, Tyyne Ester 97

Tyyne Ester Saari passed away peacefully on May 12, 2015 at Cokato Manor, Cokato, MN. at the age of 97 years. Survived by brother Albert (Caroline) Mattila; sons Phillip (Karen) and Paul; daughter Barbara Mountain (Wayne); grandchildren Erik and Aliisa Saari, Emily Hepburn, Jennifer Saari, Stacey and Stephanie Mountain; great grandsons Caleb and Ethan Saari; many nieces and nephews and great friends. She was preceded in death by husband Carl of 53 years; sisters Elvira (Rudy) Anderson, Ellen (Eric) Torrance, and Mayme (Edward) Dorma; brothers John (Roby) Mattila, Leonard (Marion) Mattila, Edward (Agnes) Mattila, Henry (Dorothy) Mattila, Emil (Alice) Mattila. Tyyne’s love was working alongside husband Carl as lifelong dairy farmers. She was an accomplished quilt maker, seamstress, gardener, and cook. She was also a devoted golf caddy and fishing partner with Carl. Memorial service Saturday, May 16 with visitation 3:30PM, service 4:30 at Swanson Peterson Funeral Home, 655 S. Broadway, Cokato, MN. Interment 7PM at Our Savior’s Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials preferred to Cokato Manor to benefit residents.

May
13

Ferrell, Jace Barry 73


Ferrell, Jace B. 73 of Apple Valley, passed away 4/29/2015 at Regions Hospital of St. Paul. Survivors include brothers and sisters: Gary (Anne) Ferrell of Edina, Lori (Ronald) Seden of San Diago, Bryan Ferrell of Golden Valley, Michael (Joni) Ferrell of Tucson, AZ., Luann (Thomas) Zumwalde of Annandale. Memorial service 11 AM Saturday 5/16/2015 at Summit Church, 845 Summit Ave. St. Paul. Private interment Sylvan Cemetery of Howard Lake.

Jace Barry Ferrell was born in Cokato, Minnesota on September 14, 1941 to Guy and Iryne (Dietrich) Ferrell. He attended the Minnesota School for the Deaf in Faribault, MN graduating in 1962. Jace was very athletic participating in basketball, track and football. He went on to Dunwoody Institute graduating from the baking program in 1963.
Jace worked at bakeries in Annandale and Rockford, MN. Recent employment with Hilton Garden Inn in Shoreview and Eagan. He lived in downtown Minneapolis and attended Wesley United Methodist Church. In September of 2014 he moved to Apple Valley, MN. and attended Summit Church of St. Paul.
Jace enjoyed reading, walking and watching all sports. He traveled to the 1973 Deaf Olympics in Malmo, Sweden. Jace volunteered with Volunteers of America at Nicollet Towers in Mpls and Wesley United Methodist church.
Jace passed away on April 29, 2015. He had reached the age of 73 years, 7 months and 15 days. Survived by brothers and sisters: Gary (Anne) Ferrell, Lori (Ronald) Seden, Bryan Ferrell, Michael (Joni) Ferrell, Luann (Thomas) Zumwalde. Nieces, nephews other relatives and many friends.

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