Elmquist, Edna “Lorraine” Swenson 92

Edna “Lorraine” Swenson Elmquist, age 92, entered the presence of her Lord and Savior at Cokato Manor on January 23rd in Cokato, MN. Lorraine was was born on September 11, 1927 in Clayton, WI to Anton and Ruth (Blomquist) Swenson. She moved to a farm near Kandiyohi, MN when she was nine years old and graduated from Willmar High School in 1945. She was in the first graduating class from Rice Memorial Hospital’s LPN nursing school and worked as an LPN at Rice Memorial (Willmar) and Cloquet Memorial Hospitals. She also spent a winter working in Waco, Texas. Lorraine married Willard (Bill) Elmquist in 1953. To this union four children were born. The family moved to Cloquet, MN in 1957, where she remained after the death of her husband Bill in 1990. She moved back to Kandiyohi in 2005 and enjoyed traveling to visit family, taking her grandchildren on road-trips to Montana and winter getaways to Arizona with her brother Arnold and his wife Kathryn. She spent her later years at Lakeview Ranch in Dassel, Cedar Crest in Cosmos, Prairie Senior Cottage in Willmar and Cokato Manor. Lorraine had a beautiful soprano voice and sang at many weddings, funerals and church services. She was nicknamed the “Soul Singer.” As Alzheimer’s disease stole more and more of her mind and memories, the lyrics of her beloved hymns remained with her. Even in the end when words failed her, she continued to hum along in alto or high tenor. She was known for her delicious Swedish Rye Bread and Swedish Tea Rings, which her grandchildren called “Grandma Cake.”Lorraine was a beautiful seamstress, sewing several wedding and bridesmaid dresses and even a down jacket with her son David. She was on a bowling league for many years and enjoyed playing cards. She was also an avid Twins fan. Lorraine is survived by her brother, Kenneth (Lorraine) Swenson; her children, James Elmquist, David (Colleen) Elmquist, Barbara (Mark) Gustafson and Scott (Nancy) Elmquist; her grandchildren, Sarah Squires, William Elmquist, Amy (Erik) Hartsoch, Eric (April) Elmquist and Seth (Nicole) Elmquist; her great grandchildren, Ben, Jacob, Michael and Ellery Harstsoch and Madilynn, Miles and Mack Elmquist and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Willard, grandson David, sister Florence Erickson and brother Arnold Swenson, in-laws Alton Erickson, Kathryn Swenson, Walter & Hazel Johnson, Harold & Gladys Brandt and John and Muriel Elmquist. Lorraine trusted Christ Jesus as her Lord and Savior and was very active in Tripolis Lutheran and St. Paul’s Lutheran Churches. She was kind and generous to all and a beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She will be greatly missed. Blessed be her memory. A funeral service will be held at Tripolis Lutheran Church, Kandiyohi, MN on Friday, January 31st at 11:00. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.


Strohschein, Darlene Hildegard 88

Darlene passed away at St. Mary’s Care Center of Winsted on January 21, 2020.
Funeral Service: 2 PM Monday, January 27, 2020 at St. James Lutheran Church of Howard Lake
Visitation: 4-7 PM Sunday at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake and 1 hr. prior to service at church on Sunday.
Interment: Howard Lake Cemetery

Darlene was born on January 24, 1931 along with her twin sister Arlene at their parents’ home in Collins Township, McLeod County, Minnesota. Darlene was the daughter of Fred and Alma (Streich) Rannow. She was baptized that same day. Darlene was later confirmed in her faith at Zion Lutheran Church in West Lynn Township. Darlene grew up in Collins Township and graduated from the Hutchinson High School.
Darlene married Lester Strohschein on September 16, 1951, their marriage of 68 years was blessed with two children: Denton and Jody.
Prior to their marriage Darlene worked at the Triple D Café in Hutchinson. Following their marriage, she worked at Monson Bakery in Howard Lake, Green Giant in Cokato and the Howard Lake- Waverly-Winsted High School lunch program.
Darlene enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Camping, deer hunting, making cut out Christmas cookies, canning apples and pears from their fruit trees, also playing cards was always a highlight- you never knew who would be cheating the most. Darlene and Lester also spent a few months in Arizona in the winter to get away from the cold. She liked feeding the Cardinals in the back yard. She really enjoyed rice crispy bars and fudge striped cookies.
Darlene was a member of and served on the alter guild and funeral committee’s at St. James Lutheran Church. Church was very important to her, hardly ever missing a Sunday Service
She is preceded in death by her parents Fred and Alma Rannow, Husband Lester, brothers-in-law: Lawrence Strohschein, Jim Ryan, Myrle Wagner and Earl Wagner. Twin Sister Arlene Wagner and niece Pam Strohschein.
Darlene is survived by: Children, Denton (Janice) Strohschein and Jody Strohschein. Sisters-in-law: Gladys (Lawrence) Strohschein and Mildred (Jim) Ryan. Her sister Hildegard (Myrle) Wagner, three grandsons: Aric Strohschein, Aaron (Ashley) Strohschein, and Alan (Alyssa) Strohschein, Two great grandchildren: Ina and Owen. Nieces, Nephews and a host of other relatives and friends
Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Howard Lake and Cokato, Minnesota 320-286-2534


Anderson, Elizabeth “Betty” Jane 80

Elizabeth “Betty” Jane Anderson, age 80, of Cokato MN, passed away Saturday, Jan 18, 2020, at the Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Augusta MN.
A gathering to remember Betty will take place Tuesday, Jan. 28 from 10 a.m.to 12 p.m. at the Swanson Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to Old Barkers Farm Senior Dog Sanctuary located in Isanti, MN, in Betty’s name.
Arrangements are being handled by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Cokato.
Betty was born August 14, 1939, in Camden, NJ, to George Martin and Lillian Driscoll. She grew up in Hammonton, NJ, and graduated from Hammonton High School in 1957.
Betty then attended Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) where she obtained a teaching degree.
After graduating, Betty moved to White Bear Lake, MN where she was a teacher.
Betty married Joel Anderson Nov. 27, 1971, The couple made their home in Cokato.
She worked at the Cokato Ben Franklin store and later other local businesses in Cokato, before spending the rest of her years as a homemaker. Betty loved nature and spent a lot of time watching birds and the family dogs.
She is survived by her two sons Brady and Justin Anderson, her sister Linda DeCicco and brother Houston Seals.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, George and Lillian; and her husband Joel Anderson.


Drusch, Daryl Todd (Taddy) 49

Daryl “Taddy” Drusch passed away at home in Howard Lake on January 13, 2020.
Memorial Service: 1 PM Friday, January 17, 2020, at the Howard Lake, Winsted, Waverly, High School, 8700 County Road 6 SW, Howard Lake.
Visitation: 4-8 PM Thursday at St. James Lutheran Church 1000 7th Avenue, Howard Lake, and 1 Hour prior to service at School on Friday.
Prayer Service: 7 PM Thursday at Church

Daryl Todd Drusch (known to all as Taddy), was born April 6, 1970 in Winsted, Minnesota to Harvey and Lorraine (Zabel) Drusch. He was baptized and confirmed at St. James Lutheran Church of Howard Lake, where he was a life long member. He attended St. James School thru 8th grade, and went on to Howard Lake Winsted Waverly High School.
After 13 years of dating Taddy married the love of his life Julie Mifek, on April 3rd, 2004, at St. James. They welcomed Taylor James into their lives on August 31, 2004. They lived in town until recently purchasing their dream home in the country.
Over the years he worked for Delano Coast to Coast, on the Zander Farm, Joes Sport Shop, Diers Electric, Sibley Electric Inc. and lastly Laketown Electric. Taddy was a Fireman for 30 years. Presently serving as Chief #1.
Taddy coached Taylors baseball team and loved to coach basketball from the bleachers (loudly). Loved camping, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, 4-wheeling and playing cards . Taddy helped anyone who needed it whether it was driving tractor or tinkering to get something to work right. Most of all Taddy loved spending time with Julie and Taylor as they were his world.
Taddy Drusch passed away on January 13, 2020. He had reached the age of 49 years, 9 months and 7 days. He is survived by his loving wife Julie and son Taylor. Siblings: Mike (Chris) of Waverly, Mark, Linda, Lila, Matthew “Chuck” (Darla) Drusch. Lynette Kleve all of Howard Lake. Merlyn “Pete” of Montrose and Craig “Toby” (Debi) of Delano. Mother in law Pat Mifek and father in law Jerry Mifek, Brother in law Jeff (Katie). 16 nieces and nephews and 15 great nieces and nephews, with #16 coming in March.
He was preceded in death by: parents Harvey and Lorraine Drusch, and brother-in-law James Mifek.


Melquist, Virgil 97

Virgil E. Melquist was born September 23, 1922 to Walter and Alice (Beckman) Melquist of Cokato, MN. He grew up in a loving home on the farm North of Cokato. He was baptized and confirmed at Evangelical Lutheran Church, Cokato where he has been a life long member having served on many committees throughout the years.
On May 14, 1947 he was united in marriage to Lucille Ruge at her church in Maple Lake, MN. To this union 2 children; Duane and Daryl were born.
After finishing the eighth grade he went to work on the farm. On the farm he helped with dairy, crop farming and worked at the saw mill cutting wood which was used to build many buildings in the area. Virgil and Lucy enjoyed going to church and attending bible study. Virgil also enjoyed working on several church projects over the years and helped build the church stand. His other interests include playing cards, softball games and dancing. He particularly liked polka. Virgil was especially proud of his family and enjoyed spending quality time with them.
Virgil passed away in Buffalo, MN on January 8, 2020. He had reached the age of 97 years. Survivors include: sons Duane (Mary) of Cokato and Daryl (Linda) of Eden Prairie. Grandchildren: Damon (Tresha) Melquist of Cokato, Stephanie (Dan) Robertson of Cokato, Michelle (Phil) Uecker of Cokato, Amber Lacina of Shakopee, Kalie (TJ) Daniel of Las Vegas, NV. Great grandchildren: Kenzie, Kylie and Kasey Melquist, Olivia, Gabrielle and Raquel Robertson, Adalyn and Sawyer Lacina, Stella Daniel and Bryer Uecker.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato with visitation 1 hour prior to the service at church. Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato. www.swansonpeterson.com 320-286-2534

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