Achterkirch, Stephen James 71

Stephen James Achterkirch, was born in Duluth, Minnesota on May 1, 1948, to Herbert and Ruth (Christensen) Achterkirch. He grew up in Cokato, Minnesota and graduated from Cokato High School in 1966. After high school he attended St. Cloud State University.
After stints in construction, Steve began working for American Breeders Service (ABS) and was lucky enough to retire in his mid-fifties.
His pastimes included local theater, softball, hunting, weight training, reading non-fiction, and darts. But the majority of his time was spent on the lakes fishing with friends and family.
Stephen passed away at his home in Glencoe, Minnesota on November 9, 2019. He had reached the age of 71 years, 6 months and 8 days. Survivors include his brother Peter (Lauren) Achterkirch of Wadena, Nieces Lisa Uselman (Pat Delcourt) of Andover and Allison Achterkirch (Kurt Johnson) of New Hope, 3 great nephews: Matthew, Zachary, and Novi, 2 great nieces: Mikaela and Zayda, and 1 great-great nephew, Jaxson.

There will be a short graveside service at the Spencer Cemetery in Aitkin, Minnesota on November 23, 2019 at 11 AM, and celebratory lunch afterwards at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Aitkin.


Burkett, James Glenn 84

James Glenn Burkett was born in Kell, Illinois, on April 7, 1935 to James and Minnie (Burke) Burkett. He grew up in Rock Falls, Illinois and graduated from high school there in 1953.
After high school he went to work at various jobs, and then entered the US Army. He served from 1961 to 1963 mostly at the Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Denver Colorado.
On November 24, 1962 James married LaVonne Elaine Anderson at Denver, Colorado. After service the couple moved to Rochelle, Illinois. They later moved to Sioux City Iowa and then Waverly, Minnesota. James was a rural letter carrier in Buffalo and retired from there in 1999.
In the summer, James could often be found on the lake. He loved fishing and telling tales about fishing. James liked to go on road trips, play cards, and do wood working projects. He was an avid reader, and enjoyed attending school and youth sporting events. He liked to make others laugh by telling jokes, teasing and telling tall tales.
James passed away at St. Mary’s Care Center of Winsted on November 5, 2019. He had reached the age of 84 years, 6 months and 28 days.
Survivors include his wife LaVonne, Children: Mark Burkett, James K. (Cheryl) Burkett, Bobbie (Tarmo) Kubits, Lori (Larry) Mullesch, Terry (Judy) Burkett, and Jodi (Dale) Altringer. 15 grandchildren, many great grandchildren. Brother-in-law Gary (Jane) Anderson.
James is preceded in death by his parents, James and Minnie Burkett, an infant son Craig, grandson James Earl, and his 7 siblings.
Memorial Service: 11 AM Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at St. James Lutheran Church of Howard Lake.
Visitation: 4-8 PM Monday, November 11, at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake. and 1hr. prior to service at church on Tuesday.


Gruenhagen, Russell Kenneth 65

Gruenhagen, Russell Kenneth
age 65, of Howard Lake passed away on October 28, 2019. He was born July 26, 1954 in Cokato, MN to Kenneth and Helen (Uecker) Gruenhagen. He resided in Howard Lake nearly his entire life, being baptized and confirmed at St. James Lutheran Church and graduating from Howard Lake High School in 1972. Russell enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survived by his siblings, Noreen (Don) Horsch, Garlen Gruenhagen, and Jane (Tom) Boesen, along with many other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 16, 2019 with visitation 1 hour prior to services at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Howard Lake, MN 320-543-3401,


Kotila, Nels Mark 43

Nels Mark Kotila, 43, of Cokato, MN was called suddenly to his Heavenly home on November 1, 2019, while he was in the field doing the work he loved.

Nels was born in Litchfield, MN, to Mark and Joan Kotila on December 29, 1975. He grew up on the family farm north of Cokato and lived within half a mile of the farm his whole life except for a short time in town. Nels graduated from Dassel-Cokato High School in 1994.

Growing up, Nels helped his dad milking cows and growing crops on their farm. He enjoyed many hours working and learning alongside his dad in the shop and in their excavating business. He was very mechanically gifted, and was capable of fixing most things.

Nels had a great enthusiasm for life. He had many hobbies which included working on heavy equipment, tinkering in the shop with his brothers and dad, ice fishing, snowmobiling, camping, motorcycle trips, visiting and cooking. Nels always enjoyed being with family and friends, but most important to him was his childlike faith.

Nels and Mary were wed on August 16, 2014. They were married for five short, blissful years, and lived life to the fullest. They were blessed with two daughters and a son.

His big smile and kind, gentle ways will forever be remembered.

Nels is survived by his wife, Mary (Wittenberg, Mattila), children Kevin (Savannah) Mattila, Allison (Hunter) Josephson, Hanna and Gretchen Mattila, Louise, Kate, and Russell Kotila; grandchildren Wynn & Lucy Mattila and Gus Josephson. Mother, Joan Kotila, Siblings Annika (Samuel) Mattila, Mitchell (Eetta), Bridget (Jeffrey) Ylitalo, Jack (Leah), Natasha (Greg) Jurvakainen, Colin (Kayla), Julie (Patrick) Lake, Ashley (Nathan) Lake, Tatiana (Eric) Wittenberg, Jordan (fiancé Linda Haataja), Taylor (Josh) Wuollet, Shauna (Kyle) Davison. Father and mother-in-law Paul and Sue Wittenberg, sisters and brothers-in-law, many aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Nels is preceded in death by his dad Mark Kotila, Grandparents Nels and Ardyce Kotila, and Paul and Millie Raisanen.

A funeral service will take place at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at the Cokato Laestadian Lutheran Church. Visitation will take place at the church from 4-8 PM with 7 PM prayer on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 and continue 1 hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato, 320-286-2534,


Sale, David John 77

David Sale passed away at Waconia Ridgeview Medical Center on October 24. 2019.
Funeral Service: 2 PM Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at St. James Lutheran Church of Howard Lake.
Visitation: Begins at church on Tuesday at 12:30 PM
Interment: Church Cemetery
David John Sale was born in Hennepin County, Minnesota on May 2, 1942. He was baptized at St. James Lutheran Church and grew up in Howard Lake, Minnesota. David attended St. James Lutheran School. He worked as a farm hand on the Streich farm then went to work setting cemetery markers for Gilmer Monument in Howard Lake. When Gilmer went out of business David set for Twin City Monument Company until his retirement.
On March 25, 1972 David married Maryetta Tuchtenhagen, in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota. The family made their home in Howard Lake, Minnesota. David enjoyed Fishing and spearing, hunting, doing pull tabs, scratch offs, and shaking dice. He was a real people person and could tell a good story. He enjoyed driving around the country side and “taking short cuts”. David was a member of the Howard Lake Sportsman’s Club.
David passed away on October 24, 2019 at Waconia Ridgeview Medical Center. He had reached the age of 77 years, 5 months and 22 days.
Survivors include children: Scott Sale, Steve (Kelly) Sale, Sara (Ron) Cooper, Carol Morgen, Mike (Doris) Sale, Connie Yungk, Roger (Cindy) Heuer, Rick (Sarah) Heuer, Deborah Nolan.
Grand Children: Whitney Sale, Tyler (Kaitlynn) Sale, Sabrina Sale, Devin Sale, Logan Sale, Jaxon Sale, Courtney (Travis) Duxbury, Carl (Ellie) Heuer, Alexandra (Jason) Latzke, Peter (Heather) Heuer, Celeste Heuer, Rachel Heuer, Sophia Heuer, Paul Heuer, James (Cassie) Larson, Sarah (Jason) Newbury, Stephanie (Joe) Speikers, Conrad Yungk
Eythan Yungk, Danna (Sean) Steffen, Jason Heck, Chad Lange, Heather (Josh) Duerksen.
Great grand children: Evangeline Sale, Kyler Sale, Thomas Schave, Maren Duxbury, Myla Duxbury, Lucy Heuer, Avery Larson, Caleb Larson, Gabe Larson, Starson Newborg, Lucas Newborg, Joey Newborg, Isaac Newborg Serena Speikers, Ryan Lange, Rhett Lange, Reed Lange, Austin Brockberg, Taylor Mudek, Tyler Mudek, Jessica Mudek.
David was preceded in death by: Loving wife Maryetta Sale, grandson Derek Nolan, great granddaughter Rosalie Heuer, Mother Bernadette Stoll, Sister Rosalie Willams, brother Fred Stoll, uncle Fred Kund.

Funeral Service: 2 PM Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at St. James Lutheran Church of Howard Lake
Visitation: begins at 12:30 on Tuesday at Church
Interment: St. James Lutheran Cemetery

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