Boucher, John Andrew 65

John Boucher passed on July 13th, 2020 at the age of 65. John is survived by his children: Brian (Carrie) Boucher, Amanda (Ramadan) Hussein and Christina (Max) Boucher ; his grandchildren John, Patrick, David, Mary, Rami and Farrah; sister, Jeanne (Jack) Jungbauer; and Barb Boucher. He is preceded in death by his grandson Max; Father Donald and Mother Dorothy. John was born on January 5th, 1955. He graduated from Totino Grace high school in 1973. He earned mechanics degree at Dunwoody Institute. He worked as a diesel mechanic at Metro Transit for over 30 years. His favorite past time was fixing up cars and drag racing for sport. He had a funny sense of humor and made people around him laugh. Visitation 1pm, service at 2pm Sunday, July 19th 2020. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home (1224 6th St. Howard lake, Minnesota 55349) 320-543-3401. In lieu of flowers, memorials to family.


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 will be at Howard Lake Cemetery.


Hagen, Donald Duane 88

Hagen, Donald Duane
Age 88, of Howard Lake passed away July 7, 2020 at The Lodge in Howard Lake, Minnesota. He was born on May 21, 1932 on the Dawson farm in Union County near Alcester, South Dakota to Noble and Marie (Henderson) Hagen. Don was baptized on June 26, 1932 and confirmed May 24, 1947 at Nathanael Evangelical Lutheran Church. His family moved to Bishop, California in 1938 and returned to farm near Hudson, SD in 1943. Don attended West Branch District #20 country school in Lincoln County, SD.

Don graduated from Hudson High School in 1952. He joined the Air Force and volunteered for overseas duty. He trained in Texas and Illinois and was sent to Japan as part of the 48th Air Rescue Squadron in support of the Korean War. Following his service Don moved to Minneapolis, MN and attended the Dunwoody Institute. He worked for the City of Minneapolis as a maintenance worker. He continued in that position for 31 years.

On August 8, 1970, Don was united in marriage to Joyce Peterson at Lyndale Lutheran Church in Maple Plain, MN. They moved to a hobby farm near Watertown, MN where they farmed and raised their daughters. In retirement Don and Joyce moved to Howard Lake, MN. They spent many winters in Lake Havasu City, AZ.

Don was an active member of Lyndale Lutheran Church and St. John’s Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, MN.

Don loved to travel. He spent his vacation time driving his family across much of the United States visiting family members and seeing various sights. In retirement he and Joyce traveled to Hawaii and Alaska as well as Europe. He enjoyed the scenery, history, and meeting new people everywhere he went. He also liked to fish. He ice fished on Leech Lake in the winter and fished various lakes and the Missouri River in the summer.

Survived by daughters Felicia Croy of Chatsworth, GA, Wendy Bittner of Breezy Point, MN, Roxanne (Shane) Ruffenach of Wilmot, SD, Misty Hagen of Jordan, MN, grandchildren Samantha Bittner, Britta Bittner, Isaac Ruffenach, Amanda Ruffenach, Jonah Ruffenach, Lucy Herrera, sisters Charlotte Stowman of Vadnais Heights, MN, Janice Kruse of Lakewood, CA, brother Stanley Hagen of Alexandria, MN.

Preceded in death by wife Joyce Hagen and his parents.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Howard Lake with visitation 1 hour prior to services at the church. Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Howard Lake www.swansonpeterson.com 320-543-3401



Dahlin, Barbara Jean 69

Barbara Jean Dahlin of Howard Lake, Passed away on July 9, 2020 at Waconia Ridgeview Hospital.
Funeral Service: 11 AM Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at St. James Lutheran Church of Howard Lake
Visitation: 4-8 PM Tuesday, at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake, and 1hr prior to service at Church on Wednesday.
Interment: St. James Cemetery.
Barb’s life started in Minneapolis, MN, March 5, 1951. She attended and graduated from North High School, class of 1969. In 1967 she met her best friend and loving husband, Bruce and they married October 3, 1970.
In 1978 Barb and Bruce moved to Waverly, MN for a short while welcoming their first child Shannon Marie and moving to Howard Lake shortly thereafter. In 1980 they welcomed their son, Bruce Scott.
Barb and Bruce together spent their days nourishing loving and instilling values in their home and children. Barb welcomed and thrived on long conversations over coffee with friends. She never missed a sporting event and was a true Laker Fan! She spent countless hours reading and watching wrestling. She enjoyed the calmness and comforting sounds of watching the birds and squirrels (dang buggers) while tending to her flowers, the garden, the tomato plants and the cherry tree.
Barb was blessed with 1 granddaughter, Kylie and 3 grandsons, Jacob, Parker and Braxton. She shared her love of reading with her grandchildren and days of watching wrestling. Barb loved people. Barb worked in the kitchen for HLWW school district for over 20 years. Barb was known as mom by many. After retirement, Barb spent her time caring for her grandchildren and eventually Bruce joined her in retirement. Barb never sat still throughout the years. She took many bus trips with friends and never passed up the opportunity for an afternoon of Bingo! Barb could be found each morning holding up the AM work rush at local gas stations for her scratch off’s and what a lucky hand she had…she’d also grab a coffee too!
Barb loved lie, laughter family and friends. We will miss her tremendously and cherish the energy and memories we all have received as a gift from her.
Barb is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Bruce. Daughter Shannon Johnson and son Bruce. Grandchildren, Jacob and Parker, Kylie and Braxton. Her brother Larry (Diane) Merchant, brother-in-law Allen Jenner and a host of nieces, nephews and god children.


Gruenhagen, Garlen Michael 71

Garlen Michael Gruenhagen was born at Hutchinson, Minnesota on June 15, 1949 to Kenneth and Helen (Uecker) Gruenhagen. He grew up in Howard Lake, Minnesota, was baptized and confirmed and attended school at St. James Lutheran. He graduated from Howard Lake High school in 1967.
After high school Garlen joined the United States Marine Corp. He spent part of his tour of duty in Viet Nam, and is a recipient of the Purple Heart medal.
Following his time in the service Garlen came home and worked first at Advanced Machine in Minneapolis then took a job as a letter carrier for the United States Post office.
On September 20, 1986 Garlen married Kim Trittabaugh, at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany. They lived in Howard Lake prior to moving to Clear Lake in 1989. Kim passed away on May 6, 2013.
Garlen enjoyed the outdoors; hunting, fishing, 4 wheeling, and spending time at his cabin. He was a member of the Sauk Rapids VFW, and the American Rifle Association.
Garlen passed away in St. Cloud Minnesota at the Veterans Administration Health Care Facility on July 4, 2020. He had reached the age of 71 years, and 19 days. Survivors include; Sisters Noreen (Donnie) Horsch, Jane (Tom) Boeson, Cousin Gerald (Budda) and Connie Gruenhagen, uncle Ron (Joyce) Uecker, aunt Ruth Uecker, many cousins, nieces, nephews other family members and friends.
He is preceded in death by: his wife Kim, Brother Russell and parents Kenny and Helen.

Memorial Service: 11 AM, Saturday 7/18/2020, at St. James Lutheran Church.
Visiation: 1 hr. prior to service
Honorary gun salute, flag presentation and luncheon following service at the Howard Lake Legion.
Interment: Ft. Ripley Cemetery, Little Falls, Minnesota

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