Thompson, Carolynn Marie (Erickson) 76

Carolynn Marie Thompson Passed away on February 13, 2019 at Cokato Manor.
Funeral Service: 2 PM Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Immanuel Lutheran Church North of Cokato in French Lake Township
Visitation: 4-7 PM Friday at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato, and 1 hr prior to service at church on Saturday.
Interment: Grace Lutheran Cemetery
Carolynn Marie (Erickson) Thompson was born October 26, 1942 in French Lake, Minnesota to Della (Kotila) and Edwin Erickson. She grew up on the family farm and attended and graduated from the rural Lee School just a mile west of their farm place. She then attended Annandale High School where she graduated in the spring of 1960. Later that summer, she was married to David Thompson of Kingston, Minnesota. They resided locally, and Carolynn began her bookkeeping career working for various companies.

In 1966 Carolynn and David moved to California where Carolynn continued her bookkeeping career and David pursued further education. In 1967, Carolynn moved back to Minnesota where she began bookkeeping for her father in his lumberyard, then later worked for the Cokato Co-op for a number of years. Carolynn also was a co-owner and cook with her aunt Impie Olson, of the Log Cabin Café, a restaurant in Cokato. Carolynn was last employed by her brother Tim as bookkeeper for his asphalt plant in Sauk Center, Minnesota.

Carolynn enjoyed music, playing the piano (by ear) as well as the accordion for fun and for home Bible studies. She loved to listen to musical artists such as Patti Page and Elvis, and also enjoyed hymns, gospel, and big band music.

Carolynn was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of French Lake. She was a pianist, a Sunday School teacher, and helped organize the music for the church. She loved living in and being a part of the French Lake community. She loved her little red house in which she was raised and where she came back to live until she moved to Cokato Manor in 2008. Carolynn died at the Manor Wednesday evening, February 13th at the age of 76.

She is survived by her sisters Mary (Dan) Rinden of Cokato, and Therese (Jeff) Grumley of Rockford, IL; brothers Tim Erickson of Cokato, and Mark (Mary) Erickson of French Lake; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Carolynn was preceded in death by her parents: Edwin and Della Erickson; a brother, Gary Erickson; and a brother-in-law, Steve Hess.


Weller, Grutrude Helen 79

Gertrude Weller passed away at her home North of Howard Lake on February 11, 2019.
Memorial Service: 2 PM Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Buffalo Community Assembly of God Church, 206 2nd Avenue NE, Buffalo, MN.
Visitation will begin at 1PM at Church.


Peterson, Joanne Marlys 89

Joanne Marlys Peterson, age 89, of Cokato died Saturday, February 9, 2019 in St. Cloud, MN with her family at her side.
“Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they were written the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!” Psalms. 139:16
Joanne Marlys Peterson was born July 23, 1929 to Vernie and Irene (Larson) Nelson in her maternal grandparents’ farmhouse south of Cokato. She was baptized at the Stockholm Lutheran Church. In 1937 her parents moved their family to a farm north of Cokato. Joanne often remarked that she lived all but seventeen years of her life on that farm, which her son Larry now owns and runs.
Joanne was confirmed in the Cokato Evangelical Lutheran Church and graduated from Cokato High School in 1946 at age sixteen. She began a lengthy and rewarding office career at age seventeen when she moved to Minneapolis with her sister, Maejelle, to work as a typist for Amundson Letter service.
She married Ralph D. Peterson on June 30, 1951 at Cokato Evangelical Lutheran Church. While Ralph was in the army, the couple lived in Arlington, Virginia. During those years Joanne worked for an insurance company just three blocks from the White House until their first child, LaDonna was born.
The couple eventually returned to Minnesota and resided in Minneapolis, where Joanne worked in the Medical Arts building for physician C. M. Larson, Chief of Staff of the Swedish Hospital.
In 1964 they moved to the farm where Joanne grew up. Joanne then worked for C&H Ag Service in Cokato for twenty-four years as an accountant and office manager. She retired from that position in 1996.
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” Colossians 3:23
Joanne was known for her work ethic. In addition to working full time, raising a family, and keeping a spotless home, she drove tractors and performed other farm work as needed.
Joanne was fiercely protective and proud of her family. She loved taking care of her special-needs grandson, Dean, whenever she was needed. Through many years of heart-health problems she would remark, “I have to keep going for my Deanie.” She also enjoyed baking, cooking, and trying new recipes. She combed through magazines and newspapers looking for recipes and, in fact, the day before she passed she clipped two recipes she wanted to try. She also read her well-worn Bible daily.
“I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7
Joanne is loved and missed by daughters LaDonna (Scotty) Wylie and Cynthia (Daryl) Pischner, sons Alan Peterson (special friend Joan Breczinski), and Larry (Kris) Peterson; five grandchildren, Kari (Jeremy) Wylie Johnston, Joshua (Jody) Wylie, Jonathan Pischner, Katie Peterson, and Dean Peterson; four great-grandchildren, Payton and Gracee Johnston and Tanner and Tyler Wylie; and sister, June Frieberg, of Red Wing.
Joanne was preceded in death by her husband in 2014, her parents, brother, Dean, and sister, Maejelle.
The funeral service will take place on Thursday, February 14 at 2 p.m. at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato. Internment will be at the Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Cokato. Visitation will be Wednesday, February 13 at 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato and again one hour prior to services at the church.
Arrangements were by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Cokato, www.swansonpeterson.com.
“Well done, good and faithful servant… come and share in your Master’s happiness.” Matthew 25:21


Latt, Erick Morris 38

Memorial Service: 11AM Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Dassel Covenant Church, 251 Lake Street, Dassel, MN. 55325
Visitation: 4-7 PM Friday, February 8, 2019 at the Church and 1hr prior to memorial service on Saturday.

Erick Morris Latt was born at Litchfield, Minnesota on September 14, 1980, to Mark and Trudy (Gruenhagen) Latt. He grew up on Lake Jennie South of Dassel. Erick graduated in 1999 from Dassel Cokato High School. He went on to Alexandria Technical College graduating in 2001. He went to work for Proto Labs and was a talented designer and supervisor often traveling to start their new plants in England and Japan.
Erick loved his son Preston more than anything in the world. He enjoyed wrestling and playing with his 3 nephews: Wyatt, Warren, and Watson. He also loved to be out in nature, often hunting and fishing. He enjoyed sports and was always laughing and joking around with everyone he knew.
Erick was called home to heaven on Saturday February 2, 2019. He had reached the age of 38 years, 4 months and 18 days. He will forever be missed by family and friends.
Survivors include; his son Preston, His parents Mark and Trudy Latt. Sisters: Laura (Zach) Latt, and Danielle (Walter) Imberg. Grandmother Janet Latt. He is preceded in death by: grandfathers Morris Latt, and Victor Gruenhagen, Grandmother Myrtle Gruenhagen and Uncle Paul Latt.


Hall, Virginia Lorraine 72

Virginia Lorraine Hall of Howard Lake, passed away on January 29, 2019 at Howard Lake Good Samaritan Center.
There will be a period of visitation for family and friends on Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 1-5 PM at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake.
Virginia Lorraine Hall was born on August 31, 1946 in Montevideo, Minnesota to Edward and Bertha (Thompson) Strobeen. She grew up in Montevideo and graduated from high school there in 1964.

Virginia worked for many years as an administrative assistant at Medtronic in Minneapolis. She led a very active life; she was a co-founder of Project Warm Hearts (providing warm clothing to those in need), where she made and donated thousands of knitted and crocheted scarves and hats. She also, with the help of her sister Margaret, made and donated thousands of quilts. Virginia enjoyed helping people and had many friends.

Virginia passed away after a battle with cancer at Howard Lake Good Samaritan Center on January 29, 2019. She had reached the age of 72.

She is survived by her daughters: Brenda (Jerry) Zahorski, Barb (fiancé Sheldon Remer) Dircz, Michelle (Kirk) Gregor, son-in-law Dan Dircz; grandchildren Andy (Liz) Stulac, Nicki (Howard) Mukanda, Kara (significant other Steven Goodrich) Dircz, Daniel Dircz, and Savannah Remer; sister Margaret Kruger; former husband Jerry Hall, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents Edward and Bertha Strobeen, and first husband Michael Pearson.

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