Larson, Gary Allen 68

Larson, Gary Allen
age 68, of Howard Lake, MN passed away on October 25, 2015 at his home. He was born August 14, 1947 in Minneapolis, MN to Wayne and Marcella (Pesek) Larson. Gary grew up on the family farm in Canby, MN. Following graduation from Canby High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and received a honorable discharge. Gary attended trade school, studying welding and masonry. On December 7, 1968, he was united in marriage to Kathryn Ann Mueller. They made their first home in Minneapolis and in 1969, their first child, a daughter, arrived, Tiffany Anne. The family moved to Waverly, and in 1973, a second child, a son, James G. Allen was born. In July of 1977, the family relocated to Garrison, ND. In 1987, Gary and Kathryn were blessed with a third child, a son, Curtis S. Loe Allen. The family moved back to Minnesota in 1991, and settled on a small hobby farm outside of Howard Lake. Gary worked throughout the Twin Cities and North Dakota as a mason until his retirement in 2009. Following the loss of his wife, Gary persued a business with his passion for dogs. Yellow Lab Kennel was established in 2009 and grew into a canine family with 7 dogs and many happy puppies. He spent his last years raising puppies, pheasants, and traveling across the western United States to places he enjoyed.
Gary is survived by his children, Tiffany A. L. Sipe of Watford City, ND, James G. A. Larson and wife Jodi of Fort Collins, CO, and Curtis S. Loe A. Larson and wife Cassandra of Watford City, ND, grandchildren, Dakota Anne K. M. Sipe, and Nicholas and Grace Larson, sister, Lynn (Dale) Christensen, brother, Dale (Sharon) Larson.
He is preceded in death by his parents and wife.

A celebration of Gary’s life will take place on Monday, November 2, 2015 from 4-8 at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake, 320-543-3401, www.swansonpeterson.com


Nepstad, Marjorie “Marge” M. 91

Memorial service: 11 AM Thursday October 29, 2915 at Elim Mission Church of Cokato
Visitation: 1 hr. prior to service

Interment: Ft. Snelling National Cemetery on Friday at 9AM

Marjorie May (Stevens) Nepstad was born to Allan and Hazel (Johnson) Stevens on February 24th, 1924 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Marge was a self-proclaimed “city girl”, and after graduating from Patrick Henry High, she took a job filing papers at an insurance company. As she said, “The piles just got bigger and bigger,” so she went on to business school and mastered the Burroughs Electric Calculator. Her quick fingers on the calculator took her to Northwestern Bank and then to General Mills. Eventually, she pursued her passion for fashion, and took a job a Dayton’s.

At age 25, Marge met her husband, Archie Nepstad, at a dance. They were married on January 14, 1950, and danced away together for the next 51 years. They had three children, Colleen, Bill, and Karen, and resided with their family in the Minneapolis/Richfield area for over 24 years. They also resided in Bella Vista, Arkansas, Hutchinson, Minnesota, and then eventually settled in Cokato, where they were well-cared for by the loving staff of Cokato Charitable Trust.

Throughout her life, Marge was a die-hard fisher-woman. She also enjoyed shopping, traveling, playing volleyball, bowling, playing cards and trivia, and sharing a good cup of coffee and chocolate with her friends and family. Marge had an impeccable memory and a witty sense of humor, and often entertained visitors with her many stories and jokes.

Marge passed away on October 26, 2015 in Cokato, with family by her side. She reached the age of 91 years, 8 months, and 2 days.

She is survived by her daughter, Karen (Alan) Nagel of Dassel; grandchildren Brandon (Leah) Nagel of Litchfield, Matthew (Carly) Nagel of Burnsville, Jonathan Nagel of St. Paul, Kelsey (Philip) Morris of Cokato, and four beautiful great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Fay (Roger) Bredesen; son-in-law, Mike Boehne; cousin, Mary (John) Anderson; several nieces and nephews, and her dear friend, Vi McCalla.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Archie; son, Bill, and her daughter, Colleen Boehne.


Mumford, Donald Robert 87

Mumford, Donald Robert
age 87, of Dassel passed away peacefully with his wife by his side on October 1, 2015. He was born April 21, 1928 at home in Waverly, MN to Earl and Joy (Bullivant) Mumford. Don was baptized and confirmed at the Union Presbyterian Church in Waverly, MN. He graduated from Howard Lake High School in 1946. Don served the Waverly Fire Department and later in the U.S. army. Don was united in marriage to Adell Johnson on September 18, 1954 at Knapp Lutheran Church. This union was blessed with the birth of five children. He was a Mason and a member of the American Legion for 60 years. Don was a self employed businessman. He managed and owned Breezy Point Resort in Howard Lake, MN for 31 years. Don was a very active member of the Presbyterian Church in Waverly and Howard Lake.
He was a story teller and enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, traveling, reading, and spending time with his family. Don was a handyman that spent time tinkering in his shop.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Adell, children, Bruce (Pixie) Mumford of Litchfield, Judy Mumford-Torres of Howard Lake, Glen (Karen) Mumford of Howard Lake, Diane (Jay) Mumford-Sohns of Darwin, grandchildren, Aaron, Brian (Sonya), Elisabeth (Eric), Brandon, Austin, Tyler, Emilee, Charlie, Michael, and Nash, great-grandchildren, Atticus and Karolina, sister, Helen (Harold) DeNoon of California, brother-in-law, Robert Johnson of Buffalo, along with many other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by his parents, son, Earl, son-in-law, Gilbert Torres, and brother, Gordon.
A celebration of Don’s life will take place at 1:00 PM on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 at the First Presbyterian Church in Howard Lake, MN. Gathering of family and friends will be held on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015 from 4:30 – 7:30 with 7 PM prayer at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake and continue 1 hour prior to the service at Church. www.swansonpeterson.com 320-543-3401


Zellman, Lenore Bernice 96

Zellman, Lenore Bernice 96 of Waconia, formerly of Cokato. Passed away at the Good Samaritan Society of Waconia, on September 29, 2015. Survivors include: niece Diane (Don) Koepp of Belle Plaine, nephews & spouses: Lowell (Diane) Zellmann of New Ulm, LuAnn Zellmann of St.Cloud, Layton (Linda) Zellman of Chanhassen, Larry Zellman of Belle Plaine, Les (Kristi) Zellmann of St. James, Loren (Brenda) Zellman of Savage. Lenore is also survived by 20 great nieces and nephews and 34 great-great nieces and nephews. Memorial service: 4:30 PM Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at West Union Lutheran Church of Cologne, MN. Visitation 1hr prior to service. Interment Church Cemetery.

Lenore Bernice Zellman, was born on may 19, 1919 to Otto F. and Alma (Pehrson) Zellmann in Hancock Township, Carver County, Minnesota. She was confirmed at West Union Lutheran Church on November 27, 1932 by Rev. Miller.
Lenore attended District 24 School for 8 years and then Belle Plaine High School for 4 years. She worked at Gotha Store during high school. She graduated from Belle Plaine High School on May 29, 1936. After graduation, she moved to St. Paul and worked at The Emporium department store. Lenore was a lingerie buyer and made several trips each year to New York to see the fashions and order the new merchandise for the store. After the Emporium closed she was a buyer of accessories for The House of Large Sizes which is ironic as she was a little lady.
After retirement, she moved to Cokato to help care for her mother. Lenore became a volunteer driver and the Volunteer Coordinator for Wright County. In June 2010, Lenore moved to West view Acres Senior Living in Waconia to be closer to family. In May 2015, after a fall, she moved to Waconia Good Samaritan Care Center.
She enjoyed her nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews. Lenore sent cards for everyone’s birthday and gave books to the younger generation at Christmas. She was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling with family and friends.
Lenore passed away on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at Waconia Good Samaritan Center. She had reached the age of 96 years, 4 months and 10 days. She is preceded in death by: her parents, brother Burton (as a small child) and brother and sister in law Leslie and Mildred Zellmann. Nephews and nieces: Leon and Susie Zellmann, Lance Zellmann and Lois Zellman.
She is survived by: niece Diane (Don) Koepp of Belle Plaine, nephews & spouses: Lowell (Diane) Zellmann of New Ulm, LuAnn Zellmann of St.Cloud, Layton (Linda) Zellman of Chanhassen, Larry Zellman of Belle Plaine, Les (Kristi) Zellmann of St. James, Loren (Brenda) Zellman of Savage. Lenore is also survived by 20 great nieces and nephews and 34 great-great nieces and nephews.


Semke, Lucille Marlyce Jane 85

Lucille Semke passed away on September 15, 2015 at Cokato Manor. A memorial service will be at 5 PM on Sunday, September 20, 2015 at Gethsemane Lutheran Church of Dassel. Visitation will begin at 4:00 PM on Sunday. Interment will be at Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery of Cokato at a later date. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers

Lucille Marlyce Jane Semke, was born on June 23, 1930 at Knapp, Minnesota to Gustav and Theresia (Larson) Rhode. She was the youngest of five girls: Helen, Inez, Evelyn and Eleanore and grew up on a farm at Knapp. She was baptized and confirmed at the North Crow River Lutheran Church, and attended country school at Knapp.
On October 15, 1949 Lucille was united in marriage to Edward Otto Fred Semke and they were married for 47 years. Ed passed away in December of 1996. Lucille continued to live on their farm in Stockholm Township until now. She loved the country life and thought there was no better place to live and raise their four children. She enjoyed her flower gardens and shared them with many friends and relatives. Lucille also loved baking, music, theater, drives around the countryside and spending time with friends, family and grandchildren. She was proud of her 100% Swedish heritage and was able to travel to Sweden to visit her relatives. She worked for a time at the Buffalo nursing home and eventually retired from CTS Corporation after more than 27 years.
Lucille passed away at Cokato Manor after a very brief stay on September 15, 2015. She had reached the age of 85 years, 2 months and 22 days. Survivors include her children: Bruce (Carol) Semke of Cokato, Nancy Zwicke of Naples Florida, Juliane (Max) Tisch of Chanhassen, Brian (Deborah) Semke of Chanhassen. Grandchildren: Stephanie (Ryan) Donnelly of St. Paul, Angie (Joe) Johnston of Buffalo, Brianna Tisch of Chanhassen, Brandon Semke of Chanhassen. Great grandchildren: Isabelle and Emma Donnelly of St. Paul, Evelyn of Buffalo.

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