Johnson, Iva Christieen “Ivy” 82

Iva Christeen Johnson, “Ivy” age 82 passed away peacefully at home on February 1, 2016 of Dementia. She was born August 21, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois to Ernest and Beulah (Tribble) Gloff. Ivy was united in marriage to Robert Johnson on May 9, 1953.
She was a loving wife, mom, grandma & friend to many.
Survived by children, John (Meggan) Johnson, Dawn (Roy) Freid, Ed (Dawn) Johnson & Tina (Scott) Wagner, 9 grandchildren & 5 great-grandchildren, also survived by many close relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by husband of 44 years, Robert (Bob) Johnson, mother Beulah Gloff, father Ernest Gloff, stepmother Iva Gloff, brother Milton Gloff & infant son.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, February 12, 2016 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly, MN. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 5-7 PM on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake and continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations preferred to Brighton Hospice or Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 320-543-3401, www.swansonpeterson.com


Berg, Victoria Edna,84

Victoria Edna (Narr) Berg, went to be with her Lord and Savior on January 31, 2016, at Ridgeview Hospital of Waconia. Visitation will be held from 1-4 PM. on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake. There will be a Prayer Service at 3:00 PM. Spring Interment will be at the Mount Hermon Lutheran Cemetery.

Victoria Edna (Narr) Berg, was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on August 20, 1931 to Victor and Edna (Noerenberg) Narr. She grew up in Howard Lake, Minnesota, was baptized and confirmed at the St. James Lutheran Church, and attended the St. James School to the 8th grade. She went on to graduate from the Howard Lake High School in 1949.
On September 17, 1950 she was united in marriage to Duane Berg at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. The couple was wed by Reverend Theo Melinat. They made their home in rural Annandale on the family farm. There they remained for many years and raised their family.
In addition to helping on the farm and tending her large gardens, sewing and baking, Vickie’s passion was to teach piano and organ to several generations of students for over 60 years. Traveling and volunteering with music were activities she enjoyed.
Victoria passed away at the Ridgeview Hospital of Waconia on January 31, 2016. She had reached the age of 84 years, 5 months, and 11 days. Survivors include: children; Joey (Connie) Berg of Howard Lake, Jayne (Dan) Kyllonen of Howard Lake, Julianne (Tom) Marcsisak of Waconia and Jacquelyn (Donn) Dierks of Council Bluffs, Iowa. Grandchildren: Jami (Sarah) Berg, Cari (Joe) Backes, Candice (Brendan) Dolan, Jeffrey (Andrea) Kyllonen, Jodi (special friend Robert Cielke) Kyllonen, Tara (Dustin) Bones, Tiffany (Ronnie) Olson, Tonya (Vlad) Spector, Devin Dart, Crystal Dierks, Savannah Dierks. 13 great grandchildren, Sister-in-law Luella (Dale) Vitalis, 3 nieces, 1 nephew and other relatives and friends.
Victoria is preceded in death by: her parents Victor and Edna Narr, husband Duane, and brother Leland Narr


Kariniemi, Paul Werner 63

Paul Werner Kariniemi, 63, died Tuesday, January 26, 2016 in his home in Wayzata, MN following his battle with pancreatic cancer. Paul was born on June 22, 1952 in Detroit, Michigan to Paul and Gladys Kariniemi. Paul moved with his family to White Bear Lake, MN in 1957 and then to Plymouth, Minnesota in 1968, where he graduated from Wayzata High School in June 1970. Paul was drafted into the United States Army in 1972 and completed his service in 1974. He was married to Sandra Lee Simonson on March 18, 1978. Paul and Sandra lived in Plymouth, Minnesota until 1989 when they moved to Wayzata, Minnesota, where they remained for the remainder of their married life. Paul graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Chemistry in 1988 and worked as a chemist until 2000 when he retrained as an electrician at Dunwoody Institute. Thereafter, Paul worked as an electrician for the rest of his life, working both locally in the Minneapolis area as well as on the road in places like Moses Lake, Washington and Williston, North Dakota.
Paul is survived by his loving wife Sandra of 37 years and his children, Paul (Maijastiina) Kariniemi of Phoenix, AZ; Jack (Liana) Kariniemi of Corcoran, MN; Patrick (Anita) Kariniemi of Cave Creek, AZ; Tristan (Annika) Kariniemi of Medina, MN; William Kariniemi of Wayzata, MN; Roberta (Dave) Loukusa of St. Michael, MN; Barbara (Alex) Jumppanen of Corcoran, MN; Alex (Kelsi) Kariniemi of Plymouth, MN; Spencer (Annalisa) Kariniemi of St. Cloud, MN; and Julia Kariniemi of St. Cloud, MN. Paul is also survived by his mother, Gladys Kariniemi of South Haven, MN, his 11 siblings, and 23 grandchildren and many family members and friends.
Paul will remembered as a diligent worker who valued knowledge and education but mostly Paul will be remembered as a family man who loved to spend time with his wife and children and dote on his grandchildren. Paul was also a man of faith and was a life time member of the Minneapolis Lutheran Laestadian Church.
Paul was preceded in death by his father, Paul Herbert Kariniemi.
Visitation will be held Friday, January 29, 2016 from 5-8 PM with 7 PM prayer at the Minneapolis Laestadian Lutheran Church (13030 47th Ave North, Plymouth, MN 55442) and continue 1 hour prior to services on Saturday. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the Minneapolis Laestadian Lutheran Church. Internment will follow a time of gathering at the Cokato Finnish Cemetery. Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home, www.swansonpeterson.com, 320-286-2534


Snabb, Judith Caroline 72

Judith Snabb passed away at the Emmanuel Home (Ecumen) of Litchfield on January 24, 2016.
there will be a period of visitation at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato on Friday January 29, 2016, from 4-8 PM.
a prayer service will be held at 7 PM
Judy grew up in Cokato and Annadale where she completed the 9th grade. In 1960-62 Judy moved to California where she worked dry cleaning and as a nanny. Judy moved back to Minnesota and then married Ernest Donald (Donnie) Snabb on September 21st, 1963 in Meeker County, Mn and resided in the French Lake area. Judy and Donnie raised four children and Judy was a professional homemaker in the Dassel and Cokato area until they moved to Litchfield, Mn. Judy cared for Donnie until his death April 24th, 1997. Judy continued to be a home maker until her health wouldn’t let her anymore.
Judy enjoyed numerous activities like drawing, latch hook, gardening, outdoor and interior design and decor, sewing and crafting. Most importantly, she enjoyed being “ma” and “grandma” everyday.
Judy is survived by her sons Todd, Thomas, and Jason Snabb all of Litchfield, Mn; daughter Kristie Snabb of Litchfield, Mn; daughter in law Jackie Snabb of Litchfield, Mn; three grandchildren Bailey, Mattea and Adler Snabb; brother and sister in law Clifford and Mary Johnson of Kingston, Mn; brother in law David Pearson of Litchfield, Mn; brother in law Waldo Schacht of Annandale, Mn; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents John and Alice Johnson; husband “Donnie” Snabb; Donnies parents Ernest and Stella Snabb; sisters Marion Myllykangas and Grace Fishbeck; sister in law Betty Schacht.>


Buttenhoff, Melvin Glen 77

Melvin Buttenhoff of Howard Lake passed away at the Howard Lake Good Samaritan Center on January 21. 2016
Memorial Service: 11 AM Monday, January 25, 2016 at St. James Lutheran Church of Howard Lake
Visitation: 4-8 PM Sunday afternoon at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake and 1 hr prior to service at church on Sunday
Interment: Howard Lake Cemetery

Melvin Glen Buttenhoff was born on September 22, 1938 at his parents’ home in Middleville Township, Wright County, Minnesota the son of Fred and Alvina Buttenhoff. A lifelong member of St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake he was baptized on October 23, 1938 by Pastor Eugene Seltz and confirmed in his faith on March 29, 1953 by Pastor Theodore Melinat.
Attending Howard Lake High School he graduated in 1957. He then served his country in the U.S. Army from 1959 until 1964.
On September 28, 1963 Mel was united in marriage to Beatrice Haag at St. James Lutheran Church. Their marriage was blessed with two children, son Daryl and daughter, Dwan. They made their home for many years on a farm in Middleville Township. Mel was employed as a sheet metal worker while also operating the farm.
Mel enjoyed his time fishing, hunting and playing dominos. He was instrumental in the Cokato and Buffalo Farmer’s Markets because of his love of gardening. As a member of St. James Church, he served on various boards. Mel loved visiting with family, friends and neighbors.
It was on Thursday, January 21, 2016 while at the Howard Lake Good Samaritan Nursing Home that Melvin Buttenhoff after a courageous battle with cancer was called to his eternal rest having reached the age of 77 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Alvina Buttenhoff; and other relatives.
Mel is survived by his loving wife Bea; son Daryl (Dorothy) Buttenhoff of Howard Lake; daughter Dwan (Larry) Tjeerdsma of Volga, South Dakota; grandchildren David, Grace, Danielle, Clare and Luke; special friends Chelsea Smith and Jared Horton; nieces, nephews; many more relatives and friends.

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