Nelson, Lyle Leonard 85

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 85

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.


Taraldson, Diane M. 62

Diane passed away at Dassel Lakeside Nursing Home on 2/12/2014.
Memorial Service: 4PM Saturday, February 15, at Church of Christ, Dassel, Minnesota
Visitation: 2-4 pm on Saturday 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. 76

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.


Custer, Rachel M. 81

Memorial service: 2PM Friday, February 14, 2014 at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake
Visitation: 12-2 PM Friday at the Fuenral Home
Interment: Howard Lake Cemetery in the spring

Rachel Marian Custer was born on March 6, 1932 in Winsted, Minnesota to Joseph and Corinne (Marks) Zimmermann. Rachel graduated from Howard Lake High School in 1951. On July 5, 1953 Rachel married John Custer at the First Presbyterian Church of Howard Lake. God blessed their marriage with a son; Mark.

Rachel and John operated the Custer’s Super Valu in Howard Lake from 1960-1988. Rachel was very involved in the community and enjoyed volunteering at church and as a member of the Howard Lake Fire Department Auxiliary, and American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed: traveling, entertaining, reading, and listening to old time music. She and John spent 17 winters in Hawaii and made many friends there. Most of all she loved her family. She relished her grandchildren from the years of toddler tea parties until they were grown. She enjoyed spending time with her sisters and her friends.

Rachel passed away at the Howard Lake Good Samaritan Center on February 7, 2014. She had reached the age of 81 years 11 months and 1 day.

Survivors include: her husband John, son Mark (Lori) Custer of Howard Lake, Four grandchildren: Christine Fetterley, Amy (Michael) Noll, Beth (Andrei) Stolyarchuk, and Jill Custer. Two great grandchildren: Lily Noll and Maddox Noll. Two sisters; Marjorie (Clayton) Helinske, Yvonne Urban. Three brothers: Loren (Charlotte) Zimmermann, Gordon (Gloria) Zimmermann, and Clifford (Linda) Zimmermann. Sister-in-law Marlene Zimmermann. Nieces nephews other relatives and friends.

Rachel was preceded in death by: her parents, brother Kenneth, sister Laura Mae, brother-in-law Ted Urban, father-in-law James Custer and mother-in-law Alice Custer.

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