Jacobs, Larry Dean 72

Jacobs, Larry Dean
age 72, of Howard Lake passed away on May 9, 2015 at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. He was born, March 22, 1943 in Madison, South Dakota. Following graduation from Madison High School, Larry enlisted in the United States Navy. Following his service in the Navy, he attended college at General Beadle College in Madison, South Dakota. Larry was united in marriage to Nancy Holdorf on April 22, 1967 in Brentford, South Dakota. He received his teaching degree in 1968. Larry and Nancy were blessed with the birth of 3 boys. They made their life together in Howard Lake, Minnesota. Larry taught at Dassel-Cokato Schools until he retired in 2002.
He was an avid outdoorsman, where he spent most of his hours working on his yard and garden, as well as hunting and fishing with friends and family. Larry particularily enjoyed time spent with his 7 grandchildren, whom he all called “George.”
Preceded in death by his father, John Jacobs, mother, Dorothy Christenson, brother, Doug Jacobs, and step-father, Vernon “Bumper” Christenson.
Survived by his wife, Nancy, children, Bill (Linda), Jason (Sara), and Chris (Briana), grandchildren, Ambriel, Ariana, Grace, Emily, Lucy, Wyatt, and Kade, and sister, Marcella (Jim) Gregerson.
A celebration of Larry’s life will take place on Saturday, May 16, 2015, 1:00 PM at the First Presbyterian Church in Howard Lake. Visitation will take place on Friday, May 15, 2015, 5-8 PM at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Howard Lake and continue 1 hour prior to the services at church. 320-543-3401.


Judd, Grant Owen 79

Judd, Grant Owen
age 79, of Howard Lake, passed away on May 5, 2015 peacefully at his home. He was born December 4, 1935 in Howard Lake, Minnesota to Gordon and Stella (Brenden) Judd. Growing up in Howard Lake, he graduated from Howard Lake High School and continued his education at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota where he met his future wife Inga Julia Parsons. They were united in marriage on August 10, 1957 at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd, Minnesota. This union was blessed with 2 sons. They made their homes and many lifelong friends in St. Paul, Fridley, and Howard Lake.
Grant had a deep relationship with his Lord. He was dedicated to loving and caring for his family. Grant enjoyed many forms of music, and was renowned as an accomplished organist. He performed many recitals, concerts, organ dedications, weddings, funerals, and community events. Grant enjoyed hunting, fishing, and fellowship with good friends. He was very active in his church.
Survived by his sons David (Janis) and Daniel (Erin) Judd, grandchildren Andrew, Elizabeth, Benjamin, Nathaniel, and Jacob Judd, great grandson Brody Jolly, sisters Judy (Karl) von Loewe and Maureen (Hank) Hornstein, and nephew Peter von Loewe.
Grant was preceded in death by his wife and parents.
A celebration of his life will take place at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Howard Lake with visitation beginning at 5:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. John’s Lutheran Church are preferred.


McKinley, Helga Christa 79

McKinley, Helga Christa
age 79, of Cokato went to be with the Lord on April 12, 2015 surrounded by her family at home, after a brief battle with cancer. She was born April 22, 1935 in Selisia, Germany to Alfred and Emelia (Roesner) Haasler. Helga was raised in Germany and united in marriage to Lyle McKinley on October 3, 1958 in Germany. This union was blessed with the birth of 6 children. In 1959, following Lyle’s discharge from the U.S. Army, they made their home in Minnesota.
Helga enjoyed cooking for her family and friends, and spending time with them. She was an active member of Stockholm Lutheran Church.
Preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, Lynn A., and brother, Herbert.
Survived by her children, Christina Linquist of Chanhassen, MN, Frank (Anne) McKinley of Dassel, MN, Fred McKinley of Delano, MN, Barbie Kuntz of Cokato, MN, and Laura (Joe) Koopman of Cokato, MN, Many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, sisters, Christa Langner of Germany and Barbel (Hans) Poschinger of Germany, sister in-law, Karen (Ron) Anderson of New Mexico, along with several neices and nephews.
A memorial service will take place at 2:00 PM, Thursday, April 16, 2015 at Stockholm Lutheran Church of Cokato with visitation 1 hour prior to the service at church.


Leinonen, Daniel John 72

Leinonen, Daniel John
age 72, of Cokato, passed away on Friday, April 10, 2015. He was born May 29, 1942 to Emil and Rauha Leinonen of French Lake. He graduated from Annandale High School in 1960. Daniel was united in marriage to Judy Giertz on June 22, 1963 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Buffalo, MN. This union was blessed with 2 children. He continued his education at Dunwoody Institute. Daniel worked for NSP and EXCEL energy for 37 years, retiring when he was 56 years old.
Daniel enjoyed farming and was a sportsmen who enjoyed the outdoors, and shooting. He was the French Lake Township supervisor, and worked for Dahlco Seed Company. Daniel loved to spend time with his granddaughters.
He is survived by his sons, Christian (Brenda) Leinonen of Howard Lake, MN and Timothy Leinonen of Pennock, MN, along with their mother, Judy Anders of South Haven, MN, grandchildren, Kailee and Brittany Leinonen, sisters, Norma Drawert, and Margie (Ed) Groop, and brothers, Willard, and Peter (Judy) Leinonen.
Preceded in death by his parents, and sisters, Marion Maki, and Mary Alvey.
A memorial service will take place on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in French Lake. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 24, 2015, from 5-8 with 7 PM prayer at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cokato. A time of gathering will continue on Saturday for 1 hour prior to the service at church.


Carlson, Evelyn Elizabeth 90

Evelyn Elizabeth Carlson
age 90, of Annandale, passed away on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at the Annandale Care Center. Evelyn was born April 28, 1924 to Edwin and Betsy (Olean) Gunderson. She was baptized and confirmed by Pastor Alex Sand at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Annandale. Evelyn married Andrew Carlson on September 29, 1944 also at St John’s Lutheran Church in Annandale by Pastor Sand. On October 2, 1948, they had one son, Edwin Andrew, who passed away on February 4, 1949.
Evelyn was a lifetime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Annandale. She enjoyed watching and listening to the Twins baseball games with Andy, as well as spending time with her sisters and their families.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Andy, son, Edwin, sister, Eleanor Salmela, brother, Albert “Pete”, and brothers-in-law, Harry Salmela, Bill Widmark, and Franklin Sandell.
She is survived by her sisters, Mabel Widmark and Betty Sandell, in-laws, Carl and Norma Carlson, Genevive Larson, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will take place at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Annandale with visitation 1 hour prior to the service at church. Internment will follow services at St. John’s Cemetery in Annandale.

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