Bakeberg, Thomas Edward 71

Bakeberg, Thomas Edward
age 71, of Howard Lake, MN passed away suddenly at his home on April 17, 2017. He was born September 7, 1945 in Cokato, MN to Roy and Alice (Hess) Bakeberg. Tom was baptized and confirmed at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake and graduated in 1964 from Howard Lake High School. He was united in marriage to Linda on May 12, 1979 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. Tom drove truck for many years, mostly for Tonka Toys. He later retired from Industrial Louvers in Delano, MN.
Tom enjoyed spending time with his family at the cabin that he built. He also liked word finds, puzzles, and biking. Tom would always find a good deal at a garage sale or antique store. He would never miss an opportunity to watch his grandchildren playing sports.
He is survived by his wife, Linda, daughter, Tamara (David) Johnson, son Steven (Sue) Bakeberg, grandchildren, Jillian, Allysa, Jennifer, Nicholas, and Jacob, sisters, Donna Boettcher, Laverne Krohn, brothers, Bill (Sandy), Don (Char), and Roy (Linda) Bakeberg.
Preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Alice, and brother in-law Orville Krohn.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, with gathering of family and friends beginning at noon at the church. Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Howard Lake, MN, 320-543-3401, www.swansonpeterson.com


Johnson, Robert Dean 72

Johnson, Robert Dean
age 72, of Buffalo passed away on April 11, 2017. He was born on November 2, 1944 in Cokato, Minnesota to Carl and Myrtle Johnson. Robert attended school in Cokato and after school, worked at home until his mother passed away. He then went to work for Lloyd Glessing until his vision deteriorated. Later, he went to work at Functional Industries until his passing. While at Functional Industries, he received many awards, including employee of the month and longest employee.
Bobby was a kind, generous soul, and was dearly loved by his family and friends. He loved any type of social activity and was always ready for any adventure. He enjoyed going to fairs, music in the park and always enjoyed family picnics. He even traveled to Canada to see relatives several times. Bobby even took his first airplane flight at the age of 65. While Bobby loved activity, his greatest love was his family. He drank many cups of coffee and enjoyed sweets around the table with loved ones.
Bobby is survived by his sister Adell Mumford of Dassel, many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews. We were all blessed for having him in our lives.
He is preceded in death by his parents, siblings, Doris, Waldon, Beverly, and Charles.
A celebration of Bobby’s life will take place at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church in Howard Lake, with visitation 1 hour prior to the service at church. Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, www.swansonpeterson.com, 320-286-2534


Weber, Margaret Grace 93

Margaret “Maggie” Grace (Chapman) Weber

Margaret was born June 18th, 1923 to Lee R. and Grace E. (Wandersee) Chapman, at their home in Rockford township, Wright County, Minnesota.

She was baptized on Nov. 11th,1923 by Pastor E.W. Munson at her Grandmother, Julia Wandersee’s home. The Wandersee (Luis and Julia) homestead is now known as, “Apple Jack’s Apple Orchard”, north of Delano, MN. During her childhood she was a member of the Howard Lake Methodist Church and confirmed there, as well as being confirmed at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake in 1946.

Margaret moved to rural Howard Lake with her parents and brother in 1936, after losing their farm to The Great Depression. She helped her parents on the farm by milking cows, oiling machines and driving horses, while her dad loaded hay with the hay loader.

She attended school in Rockford Township through 6th grade. She then attended school in Howard Lake, graduating from Howard Lake High School in 1942.

As a young adult she worked a few jobs, weeding onions and picking raspberries. With their hard earned money in hand, she and her good friend Eva (Glessing) would catch a bus in Howard Lake, to go to downtown Minneapolis, to shop. They enjoyed shopping at stores such as Dayton’s, Donaldson’s, and Penney’s on Nicollet Avenue.

Margaret met August “Augie” Weber in 1943, on a street corner, by a liquor store in Waverly, MN. She says “People would gather there for a cash drawing of $20-25”. Margaret’s frien,d Eva, pointed Augie out to Maggie and said, “There’s your man!” Eva was right, August and Margaret were joined in marriage on April 24, 1946; a Wednesday afternoon at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, MN. Together they shared 45 years of marriage.

Augie had purchased a farm south of Howard Lake in 1945. Margaret joined him on the farm once they were married. Their marriage was blessed with two daughters, Sherry and Mary. The Weber’s farmed until 1979, although Margaret continue to raise chickens; she would sell their eggs from her home, as well as butcher & process them. She also worked at the local Green Giant in Winsted and Carlson Mailing Company in Howard Lake.

She enjoyed gardening, flowers-especially African Violets inside & roses outside, bird feeding and watching, dancing in her younger years, and Bingo in her later years. She loved to get together with friends and family to visit, play cards and eat. She enjoyed picnics, birthday parties, and holidays with her children and grandchildren. She was a faithful member of St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake since marrying Augie.

Margaret lived on her farm until 2005, when she made the move to Heritage Square apartments in Howard Lake. Although she never wanted to leave her farm, she found some great new (and old) friends in her apartment building. She looked forward to weekly Bingo, coffee hour, and monthly birthday celebrations. With the help of her family, she was able to stay living in her own apartment until this February. She was very proud of that, as well as thankful. She moved to St. Mary’s Care Center, in Winsted on Feb. 28, 2017.

Margaret passed away at St. Mary’s Care Center on Saturday, March 25, 2017. At the age of 93 years.

Margaret is survived by: son-in-law: DuWayne Latzig. Granddaughters: Ranee (Paul) Krueger, Kathy (Josh) Stillwell, Rita (Matt) Everhart/Wosmek, Rachel Latzig. Great-grandchildren:Isaac Krueger; Cody, Cole, Carsen and Madisen Stillwell; Malcolm and Jackson Everhart, and Mary Ann Roberts. Great-Great Grandson: Trace Weller-Stillwell. As well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, and many dear friends.

Preceded in death by: Husband, August Weber; parents Lee R. and Grace E. Chapman; daughter: Sherry Latzig; daughter and son-in-law: Mary and David Latzig; brother Harold (Lillian and Eleanor) Chapman.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 11:00 AM at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 28, from 4-7 with 7 PM prayer at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake, and continue 1 hour prior to services at church. Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake, www.swansonpeterson.com, 320-543-3401


Johnson, Mary Ann Louise 94

Mary Ann Louise Johnson of Cokato, passed away at Centra Care Health Center of Monticello on March 21, 2017.
Funeral Service: 10 AM Friday March 24, 2017 at Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato
Visitation: 5-8 PM Thursday afternoon at Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato and 1 hr. prior to service at church on Friday
Interment: Church Cemetery
Mary Ann Louise Johnson, the youngest child of Arvid and Sara Bergquist, was born in Dassel on December 9, 1922. She grew up in the rural areas around Dassel and Cokato, and graduated from Litchfield High School in 1940. Mary Ann was united in marriage to Kenneth Johnson on September 5, 1942 at her parents’ farm near Litchfield just prior to Ken’s military service. For the next three years, Mary Ann lived and worked in cities New York, Boston, Minneapolis and Long Beach, as Ken served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII. She was a strong and courageous young woman who quickly learned to navigate life on her own during wartime while waiting for her husband to return from active duty. Mary Ann and Ken moved back to Cokato after he was discharged in October, 1945. They worked together to raise five children, manage an electrical business, and served as caretakers of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato. During these years, Mary Ann created a warm and loving home and worked for various local businesses including Nortronics, Fabritec, Green Giant, Jack and Jill, and Cokato Dry Cleaners. Throughout their life together, Mary Ann and Ken were active members of the Cokato Evangelical Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School, served on the Altar Guild and was a member of the LCW. Mary Ann and Ken loved traveling together. They especially enjoyed their trips to Sweden to visit her ancestral home, attending the Tin Can Sailors reunions, and spending time at the family cabin on Bass Lake near Brainerd.
Mary Ann was known for her kind, caring, and compassionate nature, as well as her humble character, gentle demeanor, and loving heart. She lived a life of faith and adherence to God’s Word. As a student of the Holy Scriptures, Mary Ann not only enjoyed studying the Bible, she put those words into practice in her everyday life. She freely gave the gifts of love, patience and self-acceptance to others because of her belief in God’s mercy for all as stated in some of her favorite verses:
No, he has told you what he wants, and this is all it is: to be fair and just and merciful, and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
Instead, be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God has forgiven you because you belong to Christ. Ephesians 4:32
Her entire family has been blessed by this remarkable woman and is thankful God placed them in this life together
Left to cherish Mary Ann’s memory are her children Nancy (Bill) Gunther of Fairmont, Pam (Dwight) Lundeen of Becker, Greg (Mary) Johnson of Delano, Jennifer (Darrell) Gorham of Coon Rapids, and Jim (Teri) Johnson of Big Lake, grandchildren Heather Trembley, Bill and Todd Gunther, Mike (Annica) Lundeen, Matt (Amber) Lundeen, Kristin (Barry) Bennett, Sara (Mike) Keefe, Adam Johnson, Josh (Anne) Gorham, Elyse (Brian) Pevensie, Scott Gorham, Zachary, Calab, Kate, and Brianna Johnson, great grandchildren Emily and Cecilia Trembley, Taylor Gunther, Gabby Lundeen, Drew, Kenzie and Zach Lundeen, Molly, Luke, and Anna Bennett, Evelyn and Cora Keefe, Signe, Trygve, Odin Gorham, Nettle and Jade Pevensie and many relatives and friends. Mary Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Johnson, parents, Arvid and Sara Bergquist, brother, Reuben Bergquist, and sister, Ruby Lien. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, March 24th at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato with visitation on Thursday evening from 5:00-8:00 pm. Interment will be in the Cokato Lutheran Church Cemetery.


Schrupp, Lowell Hubert 80

Lowell H. Schrupp

Lowell Hubert Schrupp, age 80, passed away at Good Samaritan Home in Howard Lake on March 20, 2017.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 26, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Howard Lake with visitation one hour prior to services at the church.
Lowell was born at home in Howard Lake to Andrew and Mardis Schrupp. He graduated from Howard Lake High School and entered into the army shortly after that. He married Karen Cochran and they had four children. After returning from the service, he began working at Munson Feeds in Howard Lake.
Lowell loved horses. His passion for the magnificent four-legged creatures began when he was at a horse auction in middle school. He saw a starving colt and felt sorry for it, so he purchased it for twenty dollars. He started Little Bit Ranch in 1977, where he bred, raised and trained quarter horses. Lowell started running horses at county fairs. He was on the Wright County Fair Board for 23 years and a member of MQHRA (Minnesota Quarter Horse Racing Association). He has won several races with quarter horse babies that were bred by his stallion and mares.
He traveled to watch his young horses in training and various races out of town and at Canterbury race track in Shakopee. He won many races with his quarter horses and was proud of his accomplishments.
He retired from Munson Feeds after 40 years in feed sales.
He had a hearty laugh, distinguishable in a crowd. He enjoyed following his grandchildren’s sports activities and any horse races, a polka dance and good brandy. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and the Howard Lake American Legion Post 145.
He is survived by his daughters Connie Norman, Bemidji, MN., Jessie (Pat) Salonek, Waverly, Susan (Bill) Kalinowski, Maple Lake. Grandchildren Joshua (Corrina) Koch, Adam (Beth) Koch, Jennifer (Chad) Remer, Stephanie (Nick) Ward, Angela (Jess) Tourmanen, Patrick (Laura) Salonek, Andy (fiancee Leah Bird) Salonek, Ryan Kalinowski and 13 great grandchildren. Siblings, Howard (Jeanette), Loren (Janice), Melvin (Nancy), Carol (Gerald) Burau, Gaylen (Kathy) also Karen (Cochran) Duraine, the mother of his children, Lavonne Schrupp-Riebe former wife and her daughters. Also many nieces and nephews and friends.
Preceding him in death are his parents, his only son, Kim, brothers, Ralph and Gerald and nephew Tim Schrupp.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Howard Lake, www.swansonpeterson.com, 320-543-3401

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