Oliver, Lorraine R. 88

Lorraine R. Oliver of Howard Lake, passed away at Mercy Hospital of Coon Rapids, on April 12, 2014. There will be a Memorial Service on Saturday, April 26 at 1 PM at Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato. Visitation will begin 1hr prior to service. Interment will be at the Sylvan Cemetery.

Lorraine R. Oliver was born on May 8, 1925, at Benton Harbor, Michigan to William and Rose (Randolph) Tollifson. She grew up in Benton Harbor until 1937 the family moved to Minneapolis, then to a farm North of Howard Lake in 1940.

Lorraine graduated from Howard Lake High School in 1943. On December 1, 1943 She married Dale Clinton Oliver, they enjoyed 60 years of marriage together and had one son Dale Lee Oliver. They made their home on the farm North of Howard Lake where they farmed, raised their family and Lorraine still lived there at the time of her death.

Lorraine enjoyed most out door activities, she loved the farm life except for pigs. She still mowed her own large yard, liked gardening and canning and was very fond of her dog “Irish”.

Lorraine passed away at Mercy Hospital of Coon Rapids on April 12, 2014. She had reached the age of 88 years, 11 months, and 4 years.

Survivors include: daughter-in-law Sharon Oliver of Howard Lake, Sisters Kay (Bill) Schendel of St. Bonifacious, and Ginger Kranitz of Edina. Sister-in-law Doris Tolifson of New Hope.

Preceding her in death is: parents William and Rose Tollifson, husband Dale Oliver, Son Lee Oliver, brothers George, PeeWee, and Gene, sister Mickey Lemke.


Baldy, Alexander Richard Sr. 94

Alexander Richard Baldy Sr., of Watertown, MN

Passed away on Friday February 28th 2014 at the age of 94 years old

He was born on Dec. 8, 1919 on the family homestead in Maple Plain, MN to Paul and Francis (Adickes) Baldy. He had 4 sisters, Agnes, Mary, Florence and Betty.

Farming was his 1st love. Seeing it go from plow horses, to threshing machines, to his first Farmall tractor purchased for him by his father. His love of that first tractor took him to the fields doing custom work for neighbors near and far. When not in the field you could see him travelling on his motorcycle.

A motorcycle trip found him his one true love, his wife Carmen. He was married to her for 56 years.

He would go from a farmer to a trucker in later years. He worked as independent contractor for the U.S. Post Office for over 20 years. The same neighbors that had seen him on the road with his tractors and motorcycles now would see him on the road in his trucks from the local post offices to the main post office in Minneapolis.

He enjoyed his golden years by going to parades, the casino or just a drive to see what the farmers were doing. He would always answer yes when asked, Do you want to______? He enjoyed any new adventure up until his last days.

He is survived by his son Alex Jr., and daughter Amber Baldy


Peterson, Ralph Dale 83

Ralph Dale Peterson, age 83, died on April 4, 2014 at his home near Cokato with his family at his side.
Ralph was born on November 19, 1930 to Oscar and Amanda (Henning) Peterson. He attended Mound Elementary and High School, graduating in 1948. He married Joanne Nelson in 1951 at Cokato Evangelical Lutheran Church. For the first two years of their marriage, Ralph worked at his father’s farm near Delano, Minnesota.
Ralph served in the United States Army, 1953-55, and was stationed at Fort Meyers in Arlington, Virginia where he was assigned highly classified duties in the Pentagon.
Following an honorable discharge from the Army, Ralph attended the University of Minnesota, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. Ralph and Joanne lived in Minneapolis where he began a career in grocery store management, until 1964 when they moved to the Nelson family farm north of Cokato.
Along with his business career, Ralph was a lifelong farmer and a DeKalb dealer for several years. He served his community as a member of the Cokato township board from 1979-1994. He also served on the Cokato Business Association, the Solid Waste Management Board, and as chairman of the 1976 Cokato Corn Carnival. Ralph was a member of the church councils at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Minneapolis and Cokato Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Ralph is survived by his wife, daughters LaDonna (Scotty) Wylie, Cynthia (Daryl) Pischner, and sons Alan Peterson (special friend Joan Breczinski) and Larry (Kris) Peterson. He is also missed by five grandchildren, Kari (Jeremy) Wylie Johnston, Joshua (Jody) Wylie, Jonathan Pischner, Katie Peterson, and Dean Peterson and four great-grandchildren, Payton and Gracee Johnston and Tanner and Tyler Wylie.
He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law Vernie and Irene Nelson, brothers, Lloyd, Earl, and Donald, infant sister Lorraine, sisters-in-law Mabel Peterson, Margaret Peterson, and Maejelle Nelson Nething, and brother-in-law Dean Nelson.
A Funeral Service will take place at 2:00pm on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 from 4-7 pm at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato and continue 1 hour prior to services at the church.
Internment with military honors will follow the service at the Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Cokato.


Zinchini, Raymond Joseph 67

Zinchini, Raymond Joseph
age 67, of Howard Lake, passed away on March 30, 2014 at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, MN following an extended period of heart disease and related conditions. He was born October 1, 1946 in Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania to Joseph Zinchini and Mary A. Brocious. Ray grew up in Vandergrift, PA and graduated from Kiski Area High School. Following high school, in 1963 he began his career in telecommunications with Automatic Electric Company. Later, Ray received an intercompany transfer into General Telephone Electronics out of Erie PA, where he continued to work as a COE Installer until his retirement in 1996. Following retirement, Ray contracted with Lambic Telcom out of Florida until 2012.
On November 30, 1968, he was united in marriage to Rosemarie Knapp in Pittsburgh, PA. This union was blessed with 2 sons, Dominic Anthony and Justin Joseph. From 1970-2013 they resided in Titusville, PA, followed by a move by Ray and Rosie to Howard Lake, MN.
Ray was an avid Steelers fan his entire life, while in his early years he enjoyed coaching his sons in baseball and continued to coach little league after they had moved on. For 5 years, Ray and his family where active in BMX racing, allowing them to spend precious time together in their local community and throughout New York and Canada. The boys where awarded countless trophies, which allowed them to sponsor several races. Until recently he was active in the BPOE Elks. Ray enjoyed spending time with his abundance of friends, particularly while “fishing.”
Ray was preceded in death by his parents, and grandparents, Margaret and William Crow, uncles William (Anna Martha) Troutner, Joseph Troutner, and sister Kathy.
He is survived by, his wife Rosie of 45 years, sons, Dominic (Tiffani) of Dassel, MN, Justin (Carrissa) of Erie PA, grandchildren who brightened his life and gave him purpose, Stella Rose and Henry Keegan, brother, Vern (Nancy) Brocious of Vandergrift, PA, sister Diane, along with other relatives, Jacob and Kelly Brocious, aunt Kathryn Troutner, and many cousins. Extended family includes so many from Codgers Cove of Howard Lake, who gave Ray the true meaning of friendship. Extended even further from Titusville, PA would include Betty Wallace, Betty Barlog, Margaret Lamenski, Gary (Mary Alice) Crawford, John (Ronnie) Miller and family, Garry Gates, Greg Kunz, and Father Walter Packard of the Catholic community of Titusville.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Raymond’s grandchildren’s education fund.
Memorial service, 11:00 am., Friday, April 11, 2014 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with visitation 1 hour prior to service at the church. Services will continue at a later date in Titusville, PA.


McCurdy, Linda Rae, 66

Linda Rae McCurdy of Howard Lake passed away at the Waconia Hospital on March 24, 2014.

Funeral Service 2:00 PM Thursday, March 27, 2014 at Mt Hermon Lutheran Church 1284 Keats Avenue NW. Annandale Minnesota.
Visitation 4-8PM Wednesday 3/26/2014 at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake

Linda Rae (Westphal) McCurdy was born at Hutchinson Hospital on July 4, 1947, to Raymond and Helen (Anderson) Westphal. She was baptized in the hospital because of breathing problems. She was later baptized at St. James Lutheran Church of Howard Lake. At the age of 10 Linda was diagnosed with diabetes. She attended St. James Parochial School in Howard Lake where she was confirmed in her faith. She graduated from Howard Lake High School in 1965. After high school she attended the Minnesota School of Business.

During her career she worked at Schwartz Manufacturing, Dale Johnson CPA in Buffalo, Security State Bank in Howard Lake and finally Dura Supreme until her retirement in 2009.

On September 1, 1974, she was united in marriage to Wallace McCurdy. During their 39 years of marriage they made many trips to the Black Hills, a place she loved to visit. Because she had no children of her own, she thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her nephews and great nephews.

She will be remembered by family and friends as a woman who loved to laugh and go shopping. She loved gardening; picking vegetables and planting flowers. She enjoyed taking care of small animals and through the years raised chickens, pigeons, turkeys, pigmy goats and of coarse dogs.

Following a long illness, Linda was called to her eternal rest on Monday, March 24, 2014 at the Waconia Hospital. She had reached the age of 66 years, 8 months and 20 days.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents Raymond and Helen Westphal. Her passing is mourned by her sorrowing husband Wallace McCurdy, step daughter Wendy (Travis) Cole of Detroit Lakes and their 5 children. Sister Terry and husband Eugene Lorentz. Nephews; Jeffrey (Amy) Lorentz of Clearwater, Anthony (Angela) Lorentz of E. Grand Forks, Patrick (Angie) Lorentz of Dassel and great nephews: Jacob, Jordan, Jackson, Wyatt, and Brady Lorentz.

Visitation: 4-8 PM Wednesday March 26, 2014 at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake.



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