Lankki, Adelyne Marion 95

Adelyne M. Lankki, 95
Adelyne Marion Lankki, age 95, of Cokato, passed away Monday, June 13, 2016, at the Cokato Manor.
She was born April 20, 1921, in Cokato, the daughter of Alfred and Anna (Svanda) Dahlin. Adelyne was baptized May 29, 1921, and confirmed in her faith May 13, 1934, both at Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato.
She graduated from Cokato High School in 1938.
Adelyne was joined in marriage with Ernest Lankki Nov. 4, 1945, at Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato. To this union, a son, Gary Michael Lankki, was born. Adelyne took great joy in being Gary’s mom, and treasured spending time with him.
Adelyne was a housewife, and also employed at The Farmers Grocery Store in Cokato for several years. She dreamed of someday owning and managing her own grocery store.
As a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato, and for many years North Crow River Lutheran Church, rural Cokato, Adelyne participated in the W/ELCA ladies group, the quilting group, several Bible study groups, and served on the church council.
She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and loved celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas. She also loved to fish, and follow Minnesota Twins baseball.
Adelyne was preceded in death by her husband, Ernie, in 1984; her parents, Alfred and Anna; and siblings Albin, Oliver, Arnold, Mildred, Clarence, Helen, Lillian, and Ellsworth.
She is survived by her son, Gary (Wendy) of Dassel; four grandchildren: Kari Kern, Dan (Steph) Robertson, all of Cokato, Kristi Hiivala of Buffalo, and Michael (Mary) Robertson of Sartell; 10 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Ardelle Dahlin of St. Michael; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives; and many friends.
Funeral services took place Friday, June 17 at 2 p.m. at Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato, with the Rev. Mark Little officiating. Karen Anderson was the organist, and Natalie Dahlin and Kyle Little sang “Homeward Bound.” Congregational hymns were “Lift High the Cross,” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” and “How Great Thou Art.” Interment was in the church cemetery.
There was visitation at the church from noon to 2 p.m., prior to the service.
Casket bearers were Dan Robertson, Mike Robertson, Elroy Dahlin, Donald Dahlin, Steve Dahlin, and Mark Dahlman.
Arrangements were with the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato.


Johnson, Iona Hazel 103

Iona H. Johnson passed away at Cokato Manor on June 13, 2016.

Funeral Service: 2 PM Thursday, June 16, 2016 at Stockholm Lutheran Church, South of Cokato

Visitation: 5-8 PM Wednesday, at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato and 1 hr prior to service at church on Thursday

Prayer Service: 7 PM Wednesday at the Funeral Home

Interment: Stockholm Lutheran Cemetery
Iona Hazel Hanson Stevens Johnson of Cokato, MN went to her heavenly home on June 13, 2016. She was born Feb 13, 1913 in Boyd, MN to Bennie and Minnie (Paulson) Hanson. She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boyd, MN.
Iona was united in marriage to Oscar Stevens June 24, 1934. To this union, a son was born. Oscar passed away in 1941.
Iona moved to Cokato and worked as a clerk in her father’s grocery store in Stockholm, MN where she met and later married her second husband, Clinton Johnson, on March 11, 1944. To this union, four children were born.
Iona was a self-described homemaker and farmer’s wife. She enjoyed cooking, baking, canning, gardening, quilting, watching crops grow and studying God’s word. She lived her life in humble service to Christ lovingly caring for her family, friends and those in need.
Iona is survived by her children, Robert (Barbara) Stevens of Inver Grove Heights, MN; Diane Dodge of Dassel, MN; Dennis (Deborah) Johnson of Cokato, MN; Beatrice (Michael) Jones of White Bear Lake, MN; and son-in-law, Edward Finnegan of Minneota, MN; 10 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren
Iona was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Stevens and husband, Clinton Johnson, her parents Bennie and Minnie Hanson, daughter Ronette Finnegan and son-in-law, Dale Dodge.
Her family knows that all who met her loved her dearly and share in our loss. We rejoice in the legacy of the blessings she left us as a faithful servant and messenger of God.


Custer, LaVerne Leona 90

LaVerne Custer of Howard Lake, passed away at St. Marys Care Center of Winsted on 6/10/2016.  survived by her children; Linda (Darril) Telecky of Winsted, Steven (Pamela) Custer of Savage and Brenda (Terry) Dalbec of Delano.

Funeral; 11 AM Thursday, 6/16/2016 at St. James Lutheran School of Howard Lake.  Visitation 4-8 PM Wednesday  and 1hr prior to service on Thursday all at St. James School.  Prayer Service; 7PM Wednesday.  Interment Church Cemetery. LaVerne Leona Eleanor Custer was born August 10, 1925 on the Luhman family farm southwest of Howard Lake, Minnesota to Alfred and Clara (Klammer) Luhman. A lifelong member of St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake she was baptized on September 6, 1925 and confirmed in her faith on April 2, 1939.
On February 4, 1945, LaVerne and Donald Custer began their married life together at St. James Lutheran Church. This marriage was blessed with three children. They made their home and living on the family farm where she had been born. As a farmwife she drove tractor for baling hay, raised chickens and now and then took care of a few pigs. Every summer she had large vegetable and flower gardens, growing cucumbers for canning her famous dill pickles and taking special care to raise her beloved gladiolas.
For many years she and Donald enjoyed getting away to a cabin on Fish Trap Lake and in later years camping with family at Schroeder and Collinwood Parks. LaVerne was employed at the Green Giant canning factory in Cokato for many summers also working at the sewing factory in Howard Lake and later at Gage Marketing Group in Howard Lake.
It was on June 10, 2016 that LaVerne Custer was called to her heavenly home having reached the age of 90 years and 10 months.
She was preceded in death by her husband Donald; parents Alfred and Clara Luhman; and siblings Hubert Luhman, Harriet Gronlund, Eugene Luhman, Adelbert Luhman and Harvey Luhman.
LaVerne is survived by her children Linda (Darril) Telecky of Winsted, Steven (Pamela) Custer of Savage, Brenda (Terry) Dalbec of Delano; six grandchildren Jill (Anthony) Adrian, Aaron (Anna) Telecky, Abby (Brandon) Corbesia, Shane (Pauli) Custer, Nathan (Wenyi) Dalbec and Andrew Dalbec; six great grandchildren Nikolas and Samantha Adrian, Isabelle and Ruth Telecky, Samuel and Cecelia Corbesia and Mia Rich.
She is further survived by her brother Arvid (Violet) Luhman; nieces, nephews; many friends and neighbors.
Casket bearers are Nathan Dalbec, Andrew Dalbec, Aaron Telecky, Shane Custer, Kevin Gronlund and Jim Gronlund.


Lucille Esther Greenhagen 91

Lucille Esther Greenhagen
age 91, of rural Annandale went to her heavenly home on June 8, 2016 at the Annandale Care Center. She was born October 14, 1924 in Albion Township to Paul and Antonette (Johnson) Kammerer. Lucille graduated from Annandale High School in 1942 and was united in marriage to Alfred Greenhagen on December 27, 1942. They were married for 59 years before Alfred preceded her in death in 2002. To this union 5 children were born.
She enjoyed life on the farm, as well as gardening, fishing, sewing, baking, cooking, crocheting, quilting, and most of all spending time with her family. Lucille was active in LWML, and other church activities at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, MN.
Survived by her children, Howard (Sherry) Greenhagen of Minnetonka, Harold Greenhagen of Annandale, LuAnn Baum of Santa Rosa, CA. Carol (Len) Potvin of Rice Lake, WI. and Lynette (Bill) Cordell of Annandale, 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, along with other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, son in-law, Barry, grandson, Kim, siblings, Florence and Alfred.
A celebration of her life will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at St. James Lutheran School (Fellowship Hall). A time of gathering will take place 2 hrs prior to the service in the Fellowship Hall. Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake, MN www.swansonpeterson.com 320-543-3401


Willcox, Karen Louise-Lantto 60

Karen Louise Lantto Willcox passed away peacefully on May 31, 2016, at Methodist Hospital surrounded by family and friends. She was born on November 09, 1955, in the base hospital of Wright-Patterson A.F.B. in Dayton, Ohio, to Ernest and Louise Lantto.
Karen will be remembered for who she was as a person and her many gifts. Her love of the arts and singing were on display in her high school years with the Bonn American High School musical group, “The X”. Her sense of adventure led her to travel throughout Europe in the 1970s. Her goofy sense of humor brought wry smiles and chuckles to all she met.
Karen attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, graduating in 1978 with a degree in Sociology and German.
On June 05, 1981, Karen married the love of her life, Mark E. Willcox. After five years of living on the East Coast, they moved to Minnetonka, Minnesota, where they raised their two children.
In addition to being a mother, Karen worked as a paraprofessional at Minnetonka High School, where she assisted many developmentally challenged students with their day-to-day routines. She was praised for her compassion and hard work on their behalf. She enjoyed singing, being surrounded by friends and family, laughing, and playing games. Though she may not have been aware of them all, she touched many lives and many hearts.
Karen is survived by her mother and father, Louise and Ernest Lantto; her husband, Mark Willcox; son, Stanton Willcox; daughter, Emma Willcox; sister, Julia Hansen (Jeff); and three brothers, Orville Lantto (Sue), Eric Lantto (Tisha), and Sam Lantto (Deb). She also leaves behind numerous loving nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

Memorial service details below:
June 15, 3 PM greeting, 4 PM service
Mayflower Congregational Church
106 East Diamond Lake Road, Minneapolis
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
Family Friends Inc.
Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cokato

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