Robinson, Mary Ann 75

Mary Ann Robinson died peacefully July 10, 2020 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home of Howard Lake. Mary was born December 9th, 1944 and reached the age of 75 years. Mary was the daughter of the late Hugo and Alma Robinson and sister to James Robinson and wife, Susan of Creal Springs, IL.

Mary lived all her life on the family farm South of Howard Lake graduating from Howard Lake High School in 1963. She graduated from St. Cloud State and was a coach, substitute teacher and secretary to the Athletic Director until her retirement from Howard Lake Waverly Winsted Schools in 2013 after 35 years. Mary was an avid HLWW Lakers fan along with the MN Twins, Vikings, Woman’s Gopher and Lynx basketball teams. Mary was baptized, confirmed and was an active life long member of the Presbyterian Church of Howard Lake. Her hobbies included gardening and the growing and arranging of gladiolus. She was an active member in the MN Gladiolus Society. Mary also enjoyed knitting, quilting, her dogs and making Lefsa.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Hugo and Alma Robinson. Uncles and Aunts Hubert (Alma) Robinson and Elmer (Ardis) Robinson and Ardis (Edward) Munson. She leaves to mourn her brother, James Robinson, and cousins Terry Robinson , Sheldon Robinson, Dennis Robinson, Carol (Robinson) Kramer and Diane (Munson) Luehring. Along with students and staff from her years at the school and many friends.

Arrangements are by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake. A memorial service will take place at a later date. Internment with graveside service will be at Howard Lake Cemetery on Friday, September 18, 2020 at 11:00 AM.


Forsberg, Maynard Dean 85

Maynard Dean Forsberg, age 85, passed away peacefully under hospice care at the Buffalo Glenn Memory Care facility on September 3, 2020.

Maynard was born April 17, 1935 at home on his family farm in rural Stockholm Township. He was the second of four children(Phyllis, Maynard, Nancy Dennis) born to Ernie and Pearl Forsberg. He was baptized and confirmed at Stockholm Lutheran Church. Maynard loved the farm life and enjoyed milking cows and working in the fields. Maynard said he always felt closest to God when he was alone on the tractor and was free to sing and pray!

Maynard went to Collins Country School for grades 1-8 and graduated from Dassel High School in 1953. He loved music and had a good singing voice, often called on to sing in weddings or church. Maynard was in the church and school choirs, played trumpet in the band and enjoyed playing his accordion with friend, Don Lundborg. After high school went to the University of MN, later transferring to Luther Jr. College in Wahoo, NE. In August of 1967 Maynard married Sandra Bergen, a music teacher at Cokato Schools, with their union lasting four years.

Maynard drove truck hauling peas and corn during canning time for the local factories, which paved the way for him to continue in the trucking business with Teske and Gambles for many years. He bought a custom made Peterbilt Semi-Tractor and began his career as an Over the Road Trucker and was very proud of his millions of miles logged and very few accidents. Maynard took exceptionally good care of his prize truck, which was second only to his beloved Chevy pickup.

Maynard was an avid flower gardener and loved nature and the beautiful scenery as he drove through on his trucking tours. He grew stunning roses at his home in Champlin, MN with many of his rose bushes being passed on to family members. Maynard loved being part of the Champlin/Anoka community and was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Anoka.

Maynard was preceded in death by his parents, Ernie and Pearl Forsberg, sister Phyllis Terning, Brother-in-law Marlin Terning, brother Dennis Forsberg and nephew Kevin Terning. Maynard is survived by his sister Nancy (Rollie) Severson,sister -in-law Mary Forsberg, cousins and many nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. His family is very thankful for the loving care Maynard received the past 3 years from the staff of The Glenn Assisted Living and Memory Care in Buffalo, MN.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at Highland Community Church 13800 US-12 SW, Cokato, MN 55321 on Thursday, September 24th at 11:00, Interment will be at Stockholm Lutheran Cemetery following the lunch. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fairview Hospice Foundation or the charity of your choice in memory of Maynard.


Hedlund, Nancy Faye 76

Nancy Faye Hedlund, age 76, of Kingston, MN died peacefully at her home surrounded by family on August 27, 2020. Nancy was born on June 16, 1944 to Loyal and Noraine Pallies in St. Cloud, MN. Her family moved to Kingston where she met Darrel Hedlund. They were united in marriage on October 27, 1962 and made their home in Kingston. The union was blessed with three children. She enjoyed shopping, vacationing, flowers, and playing cards. Most importantly spending time with her family, having family gatherings, and going to their events. She loved all animals, rescuing them, and especially her cat Daisy.
Proceeded in death by her parents, brother Loyal, brother Larry, a great-grandson and a great-granddaughter.
Survived by her husband, Darrel, children, Todd (Jessica) Hedlund of Kingston, Michelle (Jeff) Swenson of Dassel, Thad (Karen) Hedlund of Kingston, 9 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren. Private family services. Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cokato, MN 320-286-2534


Koivisto, Joel Gordon 66

Joel Gordon Koivisto, age 66, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on August 23, 2020 after a long battle with Parkinsons Disease.
Funeral service: 11:00 AM on Thursday, August 27, 2020 at the First Apostolic Lutheran Church 74537 240th Street, Dassel, MN.
Visitation: 4-8 PM, Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at the church and one hour prior to the service.
Interment: Thursday, at Cokato Finnish Cemetery.
Joe was born on March 19, 1954, in Cokato, the son of the late Oswald and Lempi (Aho) Koivisto. He was raised in Cokato and graduated from Cokato High school with the class of 1972. Joe worked his entire career in the telecommunication industry. He was a lifelong member of the First Apostolic Lutheran Church. On June 16, 1973 he married Sandra Torola in Cokato.
Joe is survived by his wife, Sandy, children, Shari (Mark) Randell, Leanne (Cory) Peterson, Amy (Kevin) Isaacson, Tim (Trista), Laura Kangas, Davin Kangas, Mike (Shana), Dan (Lynne), Chrissy (Brett) Salmen, Steven (Jennie), Ryan (Paige) and Mary, 36 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.
He is also survived by his siblings, Virginia (Wendell) Huotari, James, Paul (Ruth), Mark (Paula), Dave (Josie), Maria (Mark) Jarvie, John and Karen. He is further survived by his father and mother- in law, Robert and Lorraine Torola, the Torola family, numerous other relatives, friends, and brothers and sisters in faith.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Philip.


Kirkpatrick, Patrica Arlene 94

Patricia Arlene Kirkpatrick, a woman cherished by family and friends, passed away peacefully in her sleep on August 18, 2020, at her residence in Cokato, Minn.

She was eager to meet her Lord and Savior face to face and finally be reunited in heaven with her husband of 48 years, Grant James Kirkpatrick who passed in 1994.

She was also predeceased by three siblings: Warren Davis, Elmer Davis and Marilyn Sly. Her sisters Roberta Duroe of Jeffers, Minn. and Marjorie Simon of Sleepy Eye, Minn. survive her along with many nieces and nephews.

Living in the wake of her love and lasting influence are her four children and their spouses: Davis James and Wynnell Kirkpatrick of Cokato, Minn., Timothy and Sandy Kirkpatrick of Rainier Ore., Robb and Marsha Kirkpatrick of Buffalo, Minn., and KaCe and Carson Frazzini of Kearney, Neb.

Pat’s ever-growing familial legacy includes 15 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren, all of whom had the opportunity to know her as the devoted and supportive grandmother she was.

Pat cultivated a strong relationship with her Heavenly Father and prioritized her life accordingly. When she wasn’t spending time meeting with her Lord, she was serving and ministering to those whom she believed He loves… everyone. From lifting the spirits of friends with a short visit to having serious discussions about salvation with each of her children and grandchildren, Pat spent her days with great purpose.

Committed and dependable, Pat never hesitated to offer love and support in any capacity to those she loved. She regularly traveled thousands of miles to visit family, hundreds of miles to attend recitals and basketball games, and constantly invited people into her home. She took every opportunity to make her neighbors, friends and family feel loved and valued.

She was known and beloved by many – especially family – for her ability to cook and bake delicious food with ingredients fresh from her garden. But even more enjoyable than the food itself was the time many were fortunate enough to spend preparing it alongside her or enjoying it across her kitchen table.

Born in Sanborn, Minn. on April 28, 1926, Pat spent the majority of her 94 years as a steadfast fixture in her community. She had a passion for education, beginning her career as a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse in Germantown TWP and Herman, Minn. She worked well into her seventies providing support as a para-professional in the Sanborn school system.

Of great importance to Pat was her involvement in Sanborn United Methodist Church, her other “home.” She served in various roles including Sunday school superintendent, youth group sponsor and deacon… and, of course, in the church’s kitchen. But closest to her heart was the Bible study she hosted in her home for many years. Years after she could no longer host, she still shared treasured memories, Biblical insights and favorite recipes from her time with these friends.

Patricia will be dearly and sorely missed, but those who share her faith in Jesus Christ are rejoicing with her that she is finally living in total wholeness and peace in the place she so longed to reach.

Funeral Service: 11 AM Friday, August 28, 2020, at the family farm 23289 470th Avenue, Sanborn, Minnesota.
Visitation: 1 hour prior to service at the farm
Interment: Sanborn City Cemetery.

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