Terning, Doris Janet 84

Doris Janet Terning, 84

Doris Janet Terning of Cokato died peacefully Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 in the home of Gary and Dixie Terning of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

She was born September 21, 1929 in Ashby, Minnesota, the daughter of Arthur and Tressie “Victoria” Bushkowsky.  Doris grew up in Dassel where her parents had a farm and raised vegetables.  She attended Dassel High School and graduated Salutatorian of the class in 1947.

She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and is a member of Stockholm Lutheran Church.

After high school she was an office employee of the Green Giant Canning Company in LeSueur, Minnesota. Meeting Ralph there they were married in 1952 and resided on the rural Terning farm until retirement and moving to Cokato in 1992. On September 15, 2013 she moved to Chattanooga while struggling with her third occurrence of cancer.

Doris was active in her church being a member of the Doris Club as well as the Cokato Historical Society.  Her interests included antiquing especially collecting Viking glass.  She also enjoyed genealogy and family history.

She will be sadly missed by her children: Gary (Dixie)of Chattanooga TN, Eugene (Deb) of Pleasant Prairie WI, Dean (Tonya) of Cokato, Dennis of Cokato; grandchildren Leigha (Ben) King, Landon (J) Terning, Jamie, Joshua, Justin, Jordan , Rachael (Derek) Desens and Tanner, great grandchildren Alex, Warner, River, Morgan, Paige; and a sister Ephra Novotny of Pine River, MN.

Doris was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years Ralph; brother Forest and parents, Arthur and Tressie “Victoria”.

A Memorial Service is Saturday, Dec. 7 at 2 pm Stockholm Lutheran Church.

Visitation is Friday, Dec. 6 from 4 to 8 pm Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.


Gustafson, Lois “Babe” 94

Lois passed away at the Howard Lake Good Samaritan Center of Howard Lake on 11/14/2013.

Funeral Service: 2PM Monday 11/18/2013 at Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato

Visitation: 4-9 PM Sunday at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato and 1hr prior to service at church on Monday

Prayer Service: 8PM Sunday at the funeral home

Interment: Cokato City Cemetery

Lois Caroline “Babe” Gustafson was born on October 28, 1919,
to Cecil and Marie (Nelson) Triplett, she was to be the fifth of eight
children.  Her family moved many times
while she was growing up, but eventually settled in Howard Lake.  She has many fond memories of visits with her
grandparents in Delano
during that time.  They taught their
grandchildren how to play store and instilled in them the value of a dollar.


Babe married Devore Gustafson on May 3, 1940, in Iowa the couple were wed
by Reverend Thomes.  They made their home
in Cokato.  Babe and Devore were married
for 51 years.  Devore died in 1991 which
was a huge loss for her and her family.  They
had two children: David and Mary.  David
died in 2001, he and his wife Sue had two children, Amy and Matthew.  Matt now has four children, all girls.  Mary and her husband Herman live in Illinois; they have two
girls; Erica and Amanda.  Erica has two
children, a girl and a boy and Amanda has one child a girl.  Babe has enjoyed being a grandma and felt
especially lucky to have lived long enough to enjoy her great
grandchildren.  Babe is also survived by
her brother Duane and sister Marlys.


Babe and Devore had the theater in Cokato for 10 years,
Devore running the projector and Babe booking the movies, selling tickets,
popcorn and candy.  She recalled that
time as some of the best years of her life, particularly when they were showing
“The Ten Commandments”.  Babe also had a
very green thumb, she could get anything to grow, she loved to garden and mow
the lawn.  At one time she had a large
raspberry patch and sold them to Blaha’s Grocery Store.  She liked to put her kids, nephews and nieces
on “weed patrol”, a phrase that still makes us cringe.  She had great success with plants she
received while being in Good Samaritan, some of which she had to give away
because they got so big.


Babe passed away at Good Samaritan Center of Howard Lake on November 14, 2013.  She had reached the age of 94 years and 16
days.  She was preceded in death by: her
parents Cecil and Marie, husband Devore, son David, and siblings Irwin, Roger,
Robert, Irene, and Donald.


Hedlund, Opal Elaine 93


Opal Elaine (Longwell) Hedlund

Opal Elaine (Longwell) Hedlund, age 93, died Thursday, September 12, 2013. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 21 at 11:00 A.M. at North Crow River Lutheran Church, rural Cokato with Rev. Michael Nelson officiating.  Interment will be at Sunset Cemetery immediately following the services. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 P.M. on Friday, September 20 at North Crow River Lutheran Church and one hour prior to the services.

Opal was born on February 24, 1920 in Maine Prairie Township, Stearns County Minnesota to Frank and Edith (Cornall) Longwell.  She grew up in Maine Prairie Township, attending country school at Brown School District 32.  She attended Kimball High School and was a 1938 graduate.

Opal married William Sexton Hedlund on June 29, 1940 at the Kimball Church of Christ parsonage.  They initially made their home on the Hedlund family farm and briefly farmed with Sexton’s brother Hjalmer near Rothsay, Minnesota.  During WW II they moved to the San Francisco, California area for a short time while Sexton worked in the naval shipyards.  They returned to Minnesota and eventually purchased a farm adjacent to the Hedlund family farm in Kingston Township where she lived her remaining years.  Opal spent most of her adult life as a mother and farm wife, but also worked for a number of years at Fabri-Tek Manufacturing  in Cokato.  She was an accomplished seamstress and loved to crochet and quilt.

Opal is survived by her five children, Kay Anderson of Dassel, Dean of Annandale, Darrel (Nancy) of Kingston, Linda (Alan) Hewitt of Kasota, and Dale of Kingston.  She is also survived by 9 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and 5 great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Sexton in 1994, son-in-law Jim Anderson, brothers LaVerne and Merton, sisters Alvina Ferrier and Lois Rinkel.

Opal was a member of the Litchfield chapter of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), the Kingston American Legion Auxiliary, Kingston Garden Club, and Grace Lutheran Church.

A thank you goes out to the Pouliot family, Yvonne Russ, and other friends, neighbors, and relatives who were so kind to Opal over the past few years.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Grace Lutheran Church, Sunset Cemetery Association, Kingston Legion Auxiliary, or donor’s choice.


Drusch, Harvey H. 79


Drusch, Harvey

age 79, of Howard Lake, passed away at his home on 9/11. He is survived by his nine children-Mike (Chris), Mark, Linda, Lila, Lynette Kleve, Matthew “Chuck” (Darla), Merlyn “Pete”, Wendy Drusch, Craig “Toby”(Debi) and Daryl “Taddy” (Julie). Memorial service, Saturday, 9/14,  11 am. at St James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. Visitation, Friday, 9/13, 5-9pm and continuing 1 hr. prior to the service all at church.


Harvey Herbert Drusch was born on the family farm near Montrose, Minnesota on August 16, 1934, the son of Fred and Katherine (Gloege) Drusch.  He was baptized on September 9, 1934 at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Delano by E.H. Burns and confirmed in his faith at this same church on March 21, 1948.

He attended Montrose “Tech” School.  On March 30, 1954, he was united in marriage to Lorraine Zabel at her parents’ home by Reverend M.H. Hanke. Their 47 years together were blessed with the births of nine children.  They made their home on a farm south of Montrose and moved to their present home in Howard Lake in the spring of 1960.

Over the years Harvey’s career included driving truck for Munson Feeds, Day Distributing and Litfin Trucking.  He bartended at the Howard Lake Municipal Liquor Store and for a short time volunteered as a fireman.  For many years he managed the Delano American Legion until 1993 when he retired due to failing eye sight.

In retirement he took up gardening and canning. He enjoyed sharing the bounty of his garden with friends and family.  Many enjoyed his salsa and sun pickles.  Volunteering at St. James Lutheran School, he helped with the can recycling program.  Harvey enjoyed fishing, hunting, fishing, playing cards, fishing and spending time with his family and friends and fishing with them.

It was on September 11, 2013 that Harvey was called to his eternal rest.  He had reached the age of 79 years and 26 days.  He was surrounded by his family in his own home as he took the hand of the Lord.

He was preceded in death by his wife Lorraine; parents Fred and Katherine Drusch; father and mother-in-law Ed and Irene Zabel; one sister-in-law Arlene; two brothers-in-law Dick Rolf and Willard Schuette; a nephew Leslie; and two great-grand babies.

Harvey is survived by his nine children; Mike and wife Chris of Waverly, Mark, Linda, Lila, Lynette Kleve, Matthew (Chuck) and his wife Darla, Merlyn (Pete) all of Howard Lake, Wendy Drusch, Craig (Toby) and his wife Debi of Delano and Daryl (Taddy) and his wife Julie of Howard Lake.

He is further survived by seventeen grandchildren Holly and husband Chris, Chris and Terra, Josh, Nathan and his wife Melissa, Naomi and her husband Nick, Nicholas, Tiffany, Sarah, Amber and her husband Dan, Crystal, Samantha, Jonathan, Jennifer, Rebecca, Katlyn, Cassandra and Taylor; six great-grandchildren; Adan, Jordan, Allie, Ethan, Bryer and Grayson; one brother Don and his wife Ruby; one sister Elaine and her husband Larry Heyer; sister-in-law Beverly Schuette; brother-in-law Joel Zabel and his wife Linda; Kate, Paul and Henry Jewett; nieces; nephews and multitude of family and friends.

Urn bearer was Whitey Robertson.

Officiating at the celebration of his life on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 11:00 am was Reverend David Taylor and Reverend Michael Nirva. Katie Stevens served as organist with special music by soloist Marge Stueven.

A private family interment will be held at the St. James Cemetery Dutch Lake on a later date.  His children will carry him to his final resting place.


Reinmuth, Rosalynde Corrine 84


Rosalynde Corrine Reinmuth, age 84, of Howard Lake, passed away Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at Cokato Manor.

Funeral service: Friday, September 13, 2013, 2:00 pm at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake

Visitation: Thursday, September 12, 2013, 4-7 pm with 6:30 prayer at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake and 1 hour prior to services at the church.

Rosalynde Corinne Reinmuth was born July 11, 1929 in Cornish Township, Sibley County, Minnesota the daughter of Clarence and Elizabeth (Anderson) Nelson.  She was baptized and confirmed in Cokato Lutheran Church, Cokato, Minnesota.  On August 29, 1948, she was married to Edward Reinmuth with Reverend Oscar Peterson officiating at Cokato Lutheran Church.  Their marriage was blessed with two children and 65 years of blessings together.

They lived in Howard Lake where she joined Ed as a member of St. James Lutheran Church.  She became active in the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League and served as a Sunday School teacher.  For many years she was employed by the Howard Lake School District as the head cook of the school’s lunch program for grades 1 through 12.

It was on September 10, 2013 while a resident of the Cokato Care Center that Rosalynde Reinmuth was called to her eternal rest at the age of 84 years, 1 month and 30 days.

She was preceded in death by her parents Clarence and Elizabeth Nelson; brother DeWayne Nelson (Lois); sisters Agnes (Ed) Matilla, Inez (John) Mezyke, Doris Bacon; and brother-in-law Bob Johnson.

Rosalynde is survived by her husband Edward; daughter Diane (Paul) Kobernusz; son Ron Reinmuth; three grandsons Jeffery (Dana) Kobernusz, Kelly (Raeanna)Kobernusz, Terry  (special friend Julie) Kobernusz; nine great-grandchildren; sister Muriel Johnson; brother-in-law Kenneth Bacon; nieces; nephews; and many other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Richard Sonstegard, Jeffery Kobernusz, Kelly Kobernusz, Terry Kobernusz, Jim Johnson and Glenn Nelson

Honorary pallbearers were her great-grandchildren Ashley, Zach, Emma, Elizabeth, Noah, Micah, Gadise, Jonah and  Riley.

Officiating at the celebration of her life was Reverend Michael Nirva and Reverend David Taylor. Nancy Butterfass served as organist with special music by soloist Marge Stueven and the LWML.  Interment took place at the Howard Lake Cemetery.

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