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.


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.


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.


Jacobs, Larry Dean 72

Jacobs, Larry Dean
age 72, of Howard Lake passed away on May 9, 2015 at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. He was born, March 22, 1943 in Madison, South Dakota. Following graduation from Madison High School, Larry enlisted in the United States Navy. Following his service in the Navy, he attended college at General Beadle College in Madison, South Dakota. Larry was united in marriage to Nancy Holdorf on April 22, 1967 in Brentford, South Dakota. He received his teaching degree in 1968. Larry and Nancy were blessed with the birth of 3 boys. They made their life together in Howard Lake, Minnesota. Larry taught at Dassel-Cokato Schools until he retired in 2002.
He was an avid outdoorsman, where he spent most of his hours working on his yard and garden, as well as hunting and fishing with friends and family. Larry particularily enjoyed time spent with his 7 grandchildren, whom he all called “George.”
Preceded in death by his father, John Jacobs, mother, Dorothy Christenson, brother, Doug Jacobs, and step-father, Vernon “Bumper” Christenson.
Survived by his wife, Nancy, children, Bill (Linda), Jason (Sara), and Chris (Briana), grandchildren, Ambriel, Ariana, Grace, Emily, Lucy, Wyatt, and Kade, and sister, Marcella (Jim) Gregerson.
A celebration of Larry’s life will take place on Saturday, May 16, 2015, 1:00 PM at the First Presbyterian Church in Howard Lake. Visitation will take place on Friday, May 15, 2015, 5-8 PM at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Howard Lake and continue 1 hour prior to the services at church. 320-543-3401.


Judd, Grant Owen 79

Judd, Grant Owen
age 79, of Howard Lake, passed away on May 5, 2015 peacefully at his home. He was born December 4, 1935 in Howard Lake, Minnesota to Gordon and Stella (Brenden) Judd. Growing up in Howard Lake, he graduated from Howard Lake High School and continued his education at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota where he met his future wife Inga Julia Parsons. They were united in marriage on August 10, 1957 at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd, Minnesota. This union was blessed with 2 sons. They made their homes and many lifelong friends in St. Paul, Fridley, and Howard Lake.
Grant had a deep relationship with his Lord. He was dedicated to loving and caring for his family. Grant enjoyed many forms of music, and was renowned as an accomplished organist. He performed many recitals, concerts, organ dedications, weddings, funerals, and community events. Grant enjoyed hunting, fishing, and fellowship with good friends. He was very active in his church.
Survived by his sons David (Janis) and Daniel (Erin) Judd, grandchildren Andrew, Elizabeth, Benjamin, Nathaniel, and Jacob Judd, great grandson Brody Jolly, sisters Judy (Karl) von Loewe and Maureen (Hank) Hornstein, and nephew Peter von Loewe.
Grant was preceded in death by his wife and parents.
A celebration of his life will take place at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Howard Lake with visitation beginning at 5:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. John’s Lutheran Church are preferred.

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