Gladys Marion (Olson) Anderson
February 5, 1920 – February 24, 2014
Gladys Marion (Olson) Anderson was born February 5, 1920, to Edwin and Ida (Larson) Olson in Cokato, Minnesota. She grew up on the Olson family farm southwest of Cokato. She had one younger sister, Lorraine (Olson) Payette. She had the opportunity to participate in many farm activities normally done by brothers.
She proudly attended Beaver Dam Country School located on the site of the present Dassel–Cokato High School. After Country School, she attended Cokato High School where she graduated in 1938. Her parents and friends encouraged her to attend the University of Minnesota where she graduated with a degree in Home Economics Education in 1943.
She was baptized, attended Sunday School and was confirmed (1934) at the Cokato Evangelical Lutheran Church. She was active in many of the church activities, groups and committees. Her teaching talents allowed her to teach the Bethel Bible Series. Her musical talents allowed her the opportunity to play the church organ for Sunday Morning Church services, weddings, funerals and other church related activities. She maintained her membership there until 2012. She then joined Good Shepard Free Lutheran Church.
Gladys’s early career teaching Home Economics started in Winona and Elk River, Minnesota. It was in Elk River that her future husband would fly in with his airplane, sweep her off her feet and bring her back to Cokato. She married Wesley Anderson on June 28, 1947. They lived their entire married life on the Anderson family farm northwest of Cokato. Two children were born, Harlan (1948) and Shirley (Billigmeier) (1950).
She returned to teaching in Kimball and then moved onto Buffalo High School, teaching Home Economics. She found a new teaching interest, Physical Education. She taught PE at Buffalo Junior High School until she retired.
Gladys and Wesley enjoyed many exciting and successful experiences farming together. They were honored with a number of national awards for their efforts. They traveled well together seeing most of the U.S. with their young family. Unfortunately, Wesley passed away in 1969 of pancreatitis. Gladys continued to live on their farm until the last few weeks.
Gladys kept her retirement career busy with Church activities and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She had one granddaughter, Katherine (Billigmeier) Higgins and three grandsons, Steve Billigmeier, Richard and Mark Anderson. She enjoyed one great-granddaughter Sophia Higgins, three great-grandsons, Jasper Higgins, Grant and Miles Anderson. She was especially proud that all of her grandchildren followed in her footsteps, each receiving a very good college education.
In addition to enjoying her family, Gladys enjoyed gardening, visiting old people, playing the piano, walking around the farm and traveling to places like Europe, The Holy Land and Hawaii.
One of her life’s highlights was being awarded the Minnesota Mother of the Year by then Governor Al Quie in 1980. She appreciated all her Buffalo teacher friends facilitating this award.
Gladys passed away on February 24th at the Augustana Lakeside Health Care Center of Dassel. Gladys was preceded in death by her husband Wesley and her parents Edwin and Ida (Larson) Olson. She is survived by a sister Lorraine Payette of Atlanta, Georgia, a daughter Shirley (Jon) Billigmeier of Orono, a son Harlan (Mary) of Cokato, granddaughter Katherine (Jon) Higgins, grandsons Steve Billigmeier, Richard (Jenny) and Mark Anderson, great-granddaughter Sophia Higgins, great-grandsons Jasper Higgins, Grant and Miles Anderson, nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be held at 1:00 P.M. Saturday March 1, 2014 at the Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church, 5939 Oliver Ave. S.W. Cokato, Minn. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the Swanson Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato, Minn.
Gladys Marion (Olson) Anderson
Nelson, Lyle Leonard
age 85, of Cokato, MN passed away February 12, 2014 at Cokato Manor. He was born March 27, 1928 in French Lake Township to John and Ellen Nelson. Lyle graduated from Annandale High School. After High School, he was drafted into the United States Army, where he served as a Sergeant in the Korean War. Following an honorable discharge, Lyle continued his education at William Hood Dunwoody Industrial Institute, and graduated in 1957. He began work as a machinist and later owned Knapp Machine Shop. Lyle was an avid and sometimes successful fisherman. He was a member of the Kingston American Legion and Lantto’s Store “coffee clutch.”
Lyle is survived by nieces and nephews, Chuck (Pat) Nelson, of Paynesville, MN, Carole Nelson, of Burnsville, MN, Carla (Brian) Knapp, of Lakeville, MN, Christopher (Maryann) Nelson, of LeSeuer, MN, Beverly (Steve) Masini, of Olympia, WA, 11 great-nieces and nephews, 11 great-great nieces and nephews, sister-in-law, Joyce Nelson, and special cousin Anne Tormanen.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Ann, and brothers, Bill, Walter, Harold, and Raymond.
A funeral service will be held 11:00 am, Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church in Cokato, with visitation 1 hour prior to the service at church. Internment will follow services at Riverside Cemetery in French Lake Township, MN. Memorials are preferred to the church or cemetery. Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cokato, MN 320-286-2534, www.swansonpeterson.com
Lauzer, George Willard Frank,
age 85, of Howard Lake, MN, passed away on Wednedsday, February 12, 2014 at the Howard Lake Good Samaritan Care Center. George was born August 2, 1928 in Watertown, MN to Theodore and Hilia Lauzer. He grew up on the family farm in Waverly. George was baptized and confirmed at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. In 1945, he was married to Lorraine Drawert. This union was blessed with eight children. George farmed the family farm with his brother until 1970, at which time he moved to howard lake and continued his career at Millerbrand Manufacturing. He was able to retire at age 62, in order to pursue his passion of being a full time wood worker.
George is survived by his wife of 68 years, Lorraine, children, Michael Lauzer, Sharon Hecksel, Dennis (Patricia) Lauzer, LuAnn (Robert) Ryks, James (Renee) Lauzer, David (Kelly) Lauzer, Cheryl (Lee) Hamilton, sister-in-law, Fran Lauzer, 23 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, infant son, Richard, brother, Norman, and grandson, Joshua Lauzer.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 2:00 pm at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. Visitation was held 1 hour prior to the service at church.
Diane Marie (Kaskinen) Taraldson was born on March 28, 1951, in St. Cloud, Minnesota to Charles and Lorraine (Olson) Kaskinen. She grew up in French Lake and graduated from Kimball High School in 1969.
Diane Married Shawn Taraldson on March 28, 1978. They made their home in Cokato. Diane worked as a secretary for a local law office and as a nurses aide at the Lakeside Care Center of Dassel where she enjoyed helping the elderly.
Her hobbies included: antiquing, quilting and embroidering. She enjoyed planting flowers and having many indoor plants. Her dogs brought her much joy. When she wasn’t working she enjoyed spending time visiting with friends, family and residents at the nursing home.
Diane Marie Taraldson passed away on Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at the Dassel Lakeside Care center. She had reached the age of 62 years, 10 months and 14 days.
Survivors include: husband Shawn of Cokato, son Tom (Sue) Hedlund of Dassel, Mother and step father Lorraine (Marshall) Werner of South Haven, brothers Dean (Myrna) Kaskinen of Kimball, Duane Kaskinen of Lincoln, Nebraska, Rollie (Mary) Werner of Annandale, Randy (Kim) Werner of South Haven, and Many Nieces and Nephews.
Diane is preceded in death by: her father Charles (Bill) Kaskinen and her grandparents.
Diers, Evelyne M.
age 76, of Howard Lake, MN passed away Sunday, February 9, 2014 at the St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted, MN. She was born May 23, 1937 in Winsted to Charles and Elsie (Urbach) Griswold. Evelyne was baptized and confirmed in the Prebyterian Church, Winsted. It was here that Evelyne was united in marriage to Gene Diers by Reverend A.J. Kamman on May 12, 1956. This union was blessed with the birth of two daughters: Robin Kotila and Connie Brandel, both of Cokato, MN. Evelyne and Gene made their home on the family farm in Victor Township, Howard Lake, MN. In addition to the time she spent working on the farm, Evelyne enjoyed gardening and cooking. Evelyne also worked for the many years at the Super Value Store in Howard Lake. She enjoyed getting to know many people and valued their special friendships. Following the sale of the farm, Evelyne moved to town, where she was able to reside up until 3 weeks prior to her passing.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brother, Albert Griswold.
Survived by her children, Robin (Harlan) Kotila and Connie (Allen) Brandel, grandchildren, Brian (Michelle) Kotila, of Mankato, Kaley Oestreich, of Buffalo, Kandra Oestriech (fiance Brandon Lundstrom), of Duluth, and great-grandson, Liam Kotila.
A funeral service was held on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 2:00 pm at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. Visitation was held at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 from 4-7 pm and continued 1 hour prior to the service at church. Internment followed services at St. James Lutheran Cemetery on Dutch Lake.