Holm, Margy Lillie 79

Marqy Holm passed away at Mercy Hospital of Coon Rapids on September 30, 2021
Funeral Service: 11 AM Wednesday, October 6, 2021 Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato
Visitation: 4-9 PM Tuesday, October , at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato and 1hr prior to service at church on Wednesday. MASKS ARE REQUIRED.

Margy Lillie (Horsch) Holm was born February 4, 1942 in Howard Lake, MN to Raymond and Lillie (Melinsky) Horsch. She was baptized at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. The family moved a bit but when Margy was 5, they settled on what became the family farm north of Howard Lake. She went to North Howard County School for one year and then went to public school in town. Seventh and eighth grade were at St. James Lutheran School where she was confirmed in 1956. In 1960 she graduated from Howard Lake High School. While in high school she detassled corn for Northrup King and also worked for Green Giant Canning in Cokato.
After graduation, she worked at Northwestern National Bank in Minneapolis, the home of the original weather ball. On the night of the Aquatennial parade in July 1960, she became engaged to Carl Holm of Cokato. On October 15th of 1960, they were married at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. They lived in Minneapolis until the spring of 1961 when they moved to Cokato.
Upon moving to Cokato, she worked at Pioneer Telephone Company, Fabri-Tek Corporation and Midland Co-op. In March of 1982 she went to work at Crest (Electronics) Healthcare Supply in Dassel, where she managed the warehouse for many years. She retired from Crest in September 2013. During her time at Crest, she took a short break for a few months and worked at Cokato manor but returned to Crest.
She and Carl went on many bus tours together. They toured almost all of the 50 states including Hawaii and twice to Alaska. They even got to Nova Scotia. Later she went to Germany, Austria and Switzerland with granddaughter Jamie. Another time she went to Italy with Jamie and her daughter Penny. The camping trips up north with their kids growing up were always special. Cannot forget the many Apple River trips with other family members as well.
Margy was an active member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato with WELCA, quilting, the Corn Carnival church stand, Sunday School and for many years when her kids were in Sunday School she was involved in the Christmas program.
Margy was preceeded in death by her parents Raymond and Lillie and her husband Carl, as well as other dear family and friends.
Margy is survived by her children Ron (Heidi) Holm, Scott Holm, Penny (April) Peterson, grandchildren Jacob Holm, Ashley (Christian) Dauer, Jamie Peterson and great granddaughter Finley Margy Dauer. Step-grandchildren Brandon, Stephen, & Ashley Zwirn. Margy is also survived by siblings Donnie (Norine), John/Chub Horsch, Harlan Horsch, Pauline (Bob) Bellah, Verla (Roger) Olson, in-laws Chester Holm and Arlene (Jim) Phinney. She also left behind many nieces, nephews and very dear friends that will miss her dearly.


Luehrs, Warren “Pete” 81

Warren William Luehrs passed away Sept. 30th, 2021, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital at the age of 81.
He was born May 24, 1940, in New Ulm, MN to William and Elsie (Scheele) Luehrs. Warren went to grade school and attended High School in Glencoe, MN. He attended church in his youth at 1st Lutheran Church of Glencoe.
Pete joined the US Air Force in 1958 and completed his GED and gained additional schooling to learn Airplane Mechanics in Tulsa, OK. He was honorably discharged in August of 1963.
Pete married Diane and they were blessed with two children: a son, Shawn and a beautiful daughter, Kim.
January 19th, 1978, He married Mary Lou, and they made their home in Cokato. This marriage was blessed with their son, Joel. While living in Cokato, his Church home was Cokato Evangelical Lutheran Church, where in the early years He taught Sunday school and would usher.
Pete continued to work for many years as an Ag Mechanic in Glencoe and Litchfield. After Pete retired, He became a major asset at Hoernemann Farms in Winsted. If He couldn’t fix it or find the parts, He made the parts to fix something. Pete enjoyed baking and had a talent in frosting his well-known German Chocolate cakes. The football game was always on the TV. On special occasions He went fishing at Collinwood Lake, also made the trips out to Big Iron, and got to enjoy a couple days away to sight see Duluth. Pete was always busy maintaining the lawn and park appearance upkeep as He also managed the Country Village Mobile Estates in Cokato for 40 plus years.
Pete is survived by his loving wife, Mary Lou, son, Joel Luehrs, stepson, Michael “Mike” (Mandi) Hoernemann of Winsted, daughter, Kim Anderson of Brainerd, sister, Rita Tiede of Minnetonka, brothers, Alan (Judi) Luehrs of Waite Park, and Kermit Luehrs of Glencoe, granddaughters, Jordann and Allie Hoernemann of Fargo, ND, Annie Luehrs of Holyoke, Betsie Luehrs of Baxter, and Ashley Anderson of Grand Rapids, grandsons, Jareth and Hayden Hoernemann of Winsted, and great-granddaughters Alylah and Alivia.
He is proceeded in death by his parents, an infant son, son, Shawn Luehrs, and a sister, Myrna Asmus.
A memorial service will be held at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 with visitation beginning at 9:30 AM. Refreshments and light lunch to follow.
Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cokato & Howard Lake, MN. www.swansonpeterson.com 320-286-2534


Juntunen, Helvi Mirjam 86

Helvi passed away at the Cokato Manor on September 8, 2021
Funeral Service: 11 AM Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at The Laestadian Congregation Church, Couth of Cokato
Viitation: 1 Hr. Prior to service at church on Wednesday
Interment: Cokato Finnish Cemetery


Wistrom, Joyce 91

Joyce Wistrom
12/24/1929 – 9/7/21

Joyce Wistrom was born in Knapp, MN to Carl and Myrtle Peterson. The oldest of three sisters, she grew up in the Knapp and Cokato area. The family eventually moved to Minneapolis where she graduated from South High School in 1948. She met Kenneth Wistrom there. They were married in 1949 and had three children, Brad, LeAnne, and Brian.

Besides raising her children, Joyce worked at the U of M Bookstores and Marquette Bank for several years, retiring from Marquette Banks in 2005. Awards included a Certificate of Appreciation from Marquette Banks as well as a Certificate from the City of Minneapolis for her garden.

Joyce was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, singing in their choir and several other local singing groups. She also enjoyed gardening, china painting, and listening to music as well as watching her favorite baseball team, the Minnesota Twins.

Joyce is survived by her three children, Brad, LeAnne, and Brian (Carol) and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her parents, Carl and Myrtle, her sisters, Ramona Swanson and Nita Psihos, and husband Kenneth Wistrom.

A private service was held by the family on Saturday, Sept. 11 with internment at North Crow River Lutheran Church Cemetery. Reception scheduled at a later date.

The family extends a special thank you to the staff at The Terrace in Crystal and the medical team at North Memorial Hospital who made Joyce’s life as comfortable as it could be over these last few months.


Busse, Ainie Marie 93

Ainie Marie (Hillstrom) Busse, 93, died peacefully on August 29, 2021 in Cokato, Minnesota. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and “Meemaw” will be dearly missed by her family, relatives, and friends.

Ainie was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Norman, and survived by her children John Busse (Kathy) of Candler, NC; Linda Busse of Spokane, WA; Marion Heidi Nelson (Gregg) of Maple Grove, MN; Nancy Busse of Robbinsdale, MN; as well as grandchildren Owen Busse (Kristina) of Candler, NC; Sarah Nelson of Indianapolis, IN; Amy Nelson of St. Louis Park, MN; and great-granddaughters Penelope and Olivia.

Ainie was born on April 1, 1926, in Chicago, IL, the oldest of 9 children of Hugo and Lempi Hillstrom. She was certainly not an “April Fool,” but it made for many family jokes over the years. She graduated from Deephaven, MN high school in 1945 and studied Journalism at the University of MN, but never finished her degree. She married Norman Busse on May 12, 1948 and they lived and farmed in Prior Lake for many years before making Cokato their home in 1970.

In 1973, Ainie and Norm started Busse Gardens and Ainie brought her business mind to establishing a successful garden center and later creating a mail-order perennial business. She was one of the founders of the Perennial Plant Association, a trade organization for perennial growers in the US and Canada. She sat on the Board of Directors for several state and national plant societies, was an active lecturer, and a certified judge for the Minnesota Horticulture Society, the American Hosta Society, the American Daylily Society, and many other organizations.

After retiring from Busse Gardens in 1999, Ainie turned her extra time to exploring her family genealogy and Finnish history. She was active in the Cokato Finnish-American Historical Society and the Finnish Genealogy Group of Minnesota, attended many FinnFest celebrations, and traveled to Finland to see “the old country” and meet relatives.

Ainie was a woman of strong faith and her trust in God helped her through many difficult times. Her keen mind, depth of knowledge, and loving heart will be missed by all. A memorial service to celebrate Ainie’s life will be held at the First Baptist Church of Cokato on Saturday, October 16 at 1pm. In lieu of flowers and in appreciation of the exceptional care given by the Cokato Manor staff, please consider a memorial tribute to the Cokato Charitable Trust Furniture Fund (Cokato Manor, 182 Sunset Ave N, Cokato MN 55321).

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