A Funeral Service will take place at 3:00 PM on Friday, October 28, 2016 at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato, with visitation 1 hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at the Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Cokato, MN. Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cokato, www.swansonpeterson.com, 320-286-2534
Kruzel, Jennie Leigh
age 56, of Howard Lake passed away surrounded by her loved ones on October 20, 2016. She was born September 5, 1960 in Clovis, NM to Robert and Betty (Hult) Nolby. Jennie was united in marriage to Roman “Buddy” Kruzel on July 30, 1988. They made their home in Howard Lake, MN. To this union two children were born, Colton and Leah.
Jennie enjoyed gardening, canning, arranging flowers, cooking, and spending time with her family. She worked for several years at the Howard Lake Drug Store.
Survived by her husband, Buddy, children Colton (Shauna) Kruzel, and Leah Kruzel, grandchildren, Luke Thaemert, Levi Plendl, and McKayla Kruzel, sisters, Cheri (Dudley) Johnson, Robyn (Robert) Mahlberg, Bonnie (Patrick) Perro, Jody (Kerry) Schoer, and Bobbi (Joel) Varichak, along with several other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by her parents, Bob and Betty.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake, MN with visitation 1 hour prior to the service. A luncheon will follow at the Howard Lake Community Center.
Julie Vera (Lindahl) Westerlund, aged 90, of Minnetonka, MN, passed away on August 31st, 2016 at St. Therese Home in New Hope. She was born on November 20, 1925 to Oscar and Pearl (Anders) Lindahl of Howard Lake, MN.
Julie graduated from Howard Lake High School in 1943, where she was a cheerleader and part of the dance line. She worked for many years as a Bridal Consultant for Bjorkman’s. Julie was an active member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and Eastern Star. She was also a hardworking member of the Howard Lake Class of 1943 Reunion Committee.
Julie is survived by two sons, Gary of Sun Prairie, WI, and Robert (Jean) of Webster, WI; two grandchildren, Michael Westerlund of Andover, and Cheri Claybaugh of Elko New Market. She is also survived by brothers, Bud (Bernita) of California, and Vic (Delores) of MacGregor, MN, her sister Daisy Binder of Winsted, MN.; and numerous nieces, nephews and their children. Julie was preceded in death by her sister Ruth Mildred (Lindahl) Riewei, her daughter Diane (Westerlund) Peters, and her granddaughter Julia (Westerlund) Ellingson.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 22nd at 12:00PM, at the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home, 1224 6th St., Howard Lake, MN. Visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow the service at the Howard Lake Cemetery for Julie and her daughter Diane.
Martha Helen Gerard, went to be with her Lord, Jesus, on Saturday, October 8, 2016.
Martha was born the second of fourteen children of Jacob and Eriika (Ammala) Kotila on March 21, 1915, in rural Cokato. She was baptized and confirmed in the faith at the Finnish Apostolic Lutheran Church in rural Cokato, and as an adult she was an active and dedicated member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in French Lake. She lived in French Lake most of her life. Martha worked as a supervisor for Munsingwear in Minneapolis. She resided at Lake Ridge Manor in Buffalo for the past four years.
She was widowed twice and was preceded in death by her infant son, Dennis Gordon Gerard in 1945, her husband Glen Gordon Gerard in 1982, and her second husband, Arthur J. Johnson in 2000. She was also preceded in death by her sisters and spouses, Linda (Wayne) Harmala, Aune (Virgil) Matsen, Lillian (Harold) Matsen, Elsie Kotila, and William Kivisto; and her brothers and spouses, Eino Kotila, Alvin (Hazel) Kotila, Wayne (DeLores) Kotila, Milton Kotila, Reino Kotila, Wesley (Rosalie) Kotila, Roy (Darlene) Kotila, and Donald Kotila. She was also preceded in death by her Gerard and Johnson sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws.
She is survived by her step-children, Philip (Elizabeth) Johnson of Eugene, Oregon, and Carol (Stanley) Vander Kooi of Buffalo, as well as her grandchildren, Suzanne Johnson (Jarrell Johnston) and Corinne Johnson of Eugene, Oregon; Kyle (Karisa) Vander Kooi, and Stacy (Mark) Bajema of Buffalo. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren: Noah, Clare, and Jack Vander Kooi and Breanne, Eric, and Marie Bajema all of Buffalo.
She is also survived by her sister Helmi (William) Kivisto, Minneapolis, and sister-in-laws, Dorothy (Reino) Kotila of Cokato and Alvina (Donald) Kotila of Litchfield as well as many, many loving nieces and nephews and their families including great-great-great nieces and nephews.
She was quite surprised to have lived to be 101 and enjoyed the commotion of having six great-grandchildren to amuse her. Her quiet and calm presence, sisu, and her strong faith in Jesus as her Saviour will be sadly missed by her family and friends.
Funeral Service: 2 PM Saturday, October 15, 2016, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church of French Lake by Pastor Edward Groop.
Visitation: 1 hr prior to the funeral service
Interment: Riverside Cemetery.