Stueven, Edna Pauline 103

Edna Pauline Stueven of Howard Lake, MN, entered Glory on February 18, 2023, at the age of 103 years and 11 months.

Edna was born to John George and Carolyn (Hohl) Seeger on March 20, 1919 in Buffalo, MN. She was baptized and confirmed in her faith at Pelican Lake Lutheran Church, Buffalo, MN by Pastor Nichols. She graduated from Buffalo High School in 1936. As the youngest of seven siblings, Edna remained at home following graduation and lovingly cared for her mother.

Edna was united in marriage to Adolph Stueven on June 19, 1940 at Pelican Lake Lutheran Church. They were blessed with five children. Edna dedicated her life to helping with the farming operation, caring for and training their children, and serving as a loving caregiver for her mother-in-law, who lived with them for many years. Adolph and Edna were married for 64 years. She enjoyed growing roses and vegetables, watching birds, hand stitching embroidery and quilting. Edna lived on the family farm until November 1, 2022, when she entered The Good Samaritan Society in Howard Lake. She was a faithful member of St. James Lutheran Church, enrolling all their children at St. James School.

Edna was preceded in death by her parents, husband Adolph, siblings Alvin, George, Esther Hawkins, Catherine Varner, Meryl Catlin, and Dorothy Dixon. She is survived by one daughter Norma Shehadeh of Bullhead City, AZ, four sons, Michael (Marge) of Howard Lake, Gary (Deb) of Mound, MN, Brian of Big Fork, MN, and Jason (Jill) of Champlin, MN, 14 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Memorials preferred to St. James Lutheran School.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, February 24, 2023 with visitation 1 hour prior to services at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake, MN 320-543-3401 www.swansonpeterson.com


Mikkelson, Barbara Jean 79

Barbara Jean Mikkelson age 79, of Delano passed away on February 11, 2023. She was born April 9, 1943 in Waverly, Minnesota to Walter and Ethel Mahlstedt. She grew up in Cokato, Minnesota and was baptized and confirmed in Montrose, Minnesota.

After Barb graduated from Cokato she got a job at Munsingwear in Minneapolis and later at Target Corporation in St. Louis Park. She retired in 2001 from Orono Public Schools.

Barb married the love of her life in 1963 after Lowell finished serving with the US Army. They were married for 59 years. They lived in St. Louis Park and then moved to Long Lake and built
their life for the next 35 years raising 2 daughters. And then for the last 25 years they resided in Delano.

Some of Barbs favorite hobbies were reading, crocheting, traveling, gardening and spending time with her friends and family. Her favorite moments were spending time with her grandchildren, Alex, Cameron and Dani.

Barb is preceded in death by her parents Walter and Ethel Mahlstedt, infant brother Wayne, sister Sandy and brother Kevin.

Barb is survived by her loving husband Lowell Mikkelson, daughter Kimberly (Rod)Sipprell, Grandsons Alexander (Tanna) and Cameron Sipprell, daughter Shannon (Mike) Cox, Granddaughter Dani Cox, brother Larry (Vivian)Mahlstedt, and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will take place at 11:00 AM, on Friday, February 17, 2023 with visitation 1 hour prior at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake, www.swansonpeterson.com, 320-543-3401


Cardinal, Candy 71

Candy was born October 20, 1951, to Wesley and Gladys Houser (Krambeal) in Waterloo, IA.
Candy was a graduate of Buffalo High School in 1969 and married Stephen on November 27, 1971. This was a beginning of a marriage and friendship that carried them through hardships and happiness. Their union was blessed with three sons.
Early in their marriage they began in Montrose, Minnesota then moved to Watertown, Minnesota where they raised their three sons. Candy worked as a beautician for a few years prior to going to work at Prudential. Upon retiring from Prudential she thought she needed more to do so she went back to being a beautician. Candy enjoyed being a beautician and getting to know her clients. In retirement Candy enjoyed spending many weekends at the lake spending time in nature and with family and friends. She also enjoyed getting to watch her grandchildren doing what they love.
Candy was called to rest in Byron, Minnesota on February 12, 2023, surrounded by family. Services will be held at Swanson-Peterson Chapel in Cokato on February 21, 2023, from 1:00pm-3:00pm with a short service at 3:00pm.
She was preceded in death by the love of her life Steve, her parents, Wesley and Gladys, in-laws, Ervin and Florence, brother, Denny Houser, brother-in-law, Tom Cardinal and Conrad Hausladen.
Candy will be greatly missed by her three sons, Tom (Amy Petersen) Cardinal of Byron, MN, Tim (Merilee) Cardinal of Forest Lake, MN, Gerad (Melissa) Cardinal of Lamberton, MN. Two sisters, Susie Hausladen, Linda (Dale) Schwerin, one brother, Dean Houser, sisters-in-laws, Colleen (Greg) Donovan, Nancy (Barrett) Hamlink, Carol Houser, brothers-in-laws, Jeff (Debbie) Cardinal, Jerry Cardinal, grandchildren, Stephen, Derrick, Jaxon, Jordan Cardinal and Molly (Max) Voss, Mitchell, Matthew, and Maxwell Petersen, many nieces, nephews and friends.


Weibel, Roberta “Bobbi” 52

Bobbi Weibel, age 52 of Cokato, Minnesota, suddenly and tragically passed away on Thursday, February 2, 2023. She was born February 9, 1970 in Parkers Prairie, Minnesota, to Alvin and Kathleen (Karger) Kratz. Bobbi was baptized and confirmed at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, Minnesota. She graduated early from Dassel-Cokato High School in 1988. Professionally, Bobbi worked most of her life in the restaurant industry. She started as a waitress at the Norseman in Cokato at a young age, where she worked with her dad, Al. Bobbi eventually worked as both a line cook and a prep cook for the Norseman, and then Daniel’s. After leaving the restaurant, she worked for Home Health with Cokato Manor, but eventually decided to pursue something that brought her much more joy—providing babysitting and drop-in day care for kiddos. Bobbi always loved being around children, and from a young age knew that she wanted to be a mom. Her first marriage to Chris Leinonen brought two beautiful daughters, Kailee and Brittany, who truly are her pride and joy. After their divorce, Bobbi spent much of her mid-twenties focused on raising her children. She met Ron Weibel, and they started dating and fell in love. He proposed at the Rose Garden at Lake Harriet, and on July 31, 1999, the two were married.

Much of Bobbi’s memory will be tied to her love and dedication to her family and friends. Bobbi loved fully and fiercely, especially her daughters, Kailee and Brittany; she was always their number one fan, cheerleader, supporter, and protector. Being a mom was an integral part of her identity. But as much as she loves her daughters, a worthy competitor came for her affection in July 2021 when her first grandchild Liam was born. Being his “Baba Bob” brought the biggest smiles and happiness to Bobbi. There were many parts of Bobbi’s life that were challenging in the years before her passing, but Liam was the brightest light in her day. In addition to Liam, Bobbi cared for several other children throughout the years. She adored being a “bonus” grandmother-figure to Kaia, Kalvin, Betty, Blake, Lena, Mari, and William, which is clear to see from her walls of photos, camera reel, and the way she lit up when talking about them. Bobbi was also an amazing friend, always willing to offer a helping hand and a listening ear.

It would be a disservice not to mention Bobbi’s other love language, food. She was a tremendously talented cook and baker, and loved making meals and goodies for others. Bobbi was an incredibly caring and nurturing person, and loved to show this through her food. She loved gardening, quilting and sewing, playing cards and board games, fishing, hearing the loons, camping, feeding and watching the birds in her yard, watching Wheel of Fortune, and being surrounded by her loved ones. Her passing leaves an unimaginable hole in the lives of those who love her.

Bobbi is preceded in death by: her grandparents Clarence and Martha (Orness) Kratz, and Margaret (Schober) Kratz, and Willie C. and Martha (Mielke) Karger, and Elna (Syverson) Karger; father-in-law and mother-in-law Duane and Jane (Barfnecht) Weibel; brother-in-law Randy Weibel; her aunts and uncles Clarice and Elden Diedrich, Charles Karger, Russel McLaughlin, Lavonne (Ost) Karger, W. Scott MacDonald, Kathy (Kratz) and Larry Hahn; and cousins Lory Allen Diedrich and Joel Jensen.

Bobbi is survived by: her husband Ron; daughters Kailee Leinonen-Wright (Will Wright) and Brittany Leinonen-Lintelman (Noah Lintelman); grandchildren Liam Leinonen-Wright and a second Leinonen-Wright baby due in June; her mother Kathy Kratz; father and stepmother Al and Julie Kratz; her sister Kristi Landato; brother and sister-in-law Wil and Jess Kratz; sister-in-law and bother-in-law Renee and Mike Salonek; sister-in-law Robin Weibel; and many other family members and friends.

A gathering for family and friends to celebrate Bobbi’s legacy will take place in two parts; on April 21, 2023, a wake will be held at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato from 4 to 7 pm, and a funeral will be held the following day, April 22, 2023, at St. John’s Church in Winsted, Minnesota, at 11 am.


Raisanen, Trent David 41

Trent Raisanen of Tacoma, Washington; formerly of Cokato. Passed away on January 30,2023. There will be a visitation at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home on Monday, February 13, from 1 – 3 PM, Interment at the Cokato Finnish Cemetery will follow.

Trent David Raisanen, age 41, died on January 30, 2023 at University
Place, Washington. He was born in Litchfield Minnesota on August 22,
1981. Trent is the second oldest child of Bruce and Patricia Raisanen.
As a youngster, Trent enjoyed following his Dad around on the farm
and even wanted his name changed to “Farmer Fred.” He learned to
sew from his Mom, and enjoyed designing and sewing clothing with
his friends. His gregarious, inclusive personality and jovial nature
drew family and friends for a hearty laugh, conversations, soft ball
and yard games, camping, and many other activities. Trent had
many interests, was very athletic, gifted in art and loved to study
vocabulary. His first job was milking cows at a local dairy farm. Trent
was confirmed at Stony Lake Camp in 1997, and graduated from
Dassel-Cokato High School in 2000.
Trent met the love of his life, Tina Kaarina Lever shortly after
high school. They were married on July 14, 2001 in Snohomish,
Washington and began their married life together in Rockford,
Minnesota. Their only child, Analise Rachel was born on July 10,
2003. Trent’s careers included painting, managing a sporting goods
store, carpentry, traveling the country as a professional fixture
installer. Life was soon difficult for both Trent and Tina as they
struggled with mental health and substance use. Unfortunately Trent
never overcame his addictions. Trent is loved dearly and is missed by
all. His legacy lives on through Analise.
Trent is survived by his parents, Bruce and Patricia Raisanen;
brothers and sisters, Tenelle (Jeremy) Honga, Menahga, Minnesota,
Rochelle Raisanen, Cokato, Minnesota, Pierre (Jennifer) Raisanen,
Cokato, Minnesota, Brittany (Russell) Laulainen, Wasilla, Alaska,
Reid Raisanen, New York City, New York, Troy Raisanen, Pasadena,
California, Lacey (Geof) Byykkonen, Dassel, Minnesota, Kate
Raisanen, Palmdale, California, Jack (Anna) Raisanen, Helsinki,
Finland and Analise (Trent) Jurvakainen, Kalispell, Montana; 23
nieces and nephews, Thalia, Vincent, Sienna, Mitchell, Mason, Carter,
Emmett, Clara, Vienna, Walter, Stuart, Brenna, Lucy, Estelle, Skylar,
Elin, Clayton, Hank, Shane, Untamo, Hannah, Maverick, Andre;
grandparents Walter and Annette Johnson; many aunts, uncles,
cousins and friends. Trent was preceded in death by grandparents
Paul and Millie Raisanen

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