Rasmussen, Sandra Jean 69

Sandra Rasmussen passed away at Abbott North Western Hospital of Minneapolis on October 29, 2016.
Memorial Service: 2:00 PM Saturday, November 12, 2016 at St. James Lutheran Church of Howard Lake
Visitation will begin 1hr prior to service.
Sandra Jean Rasmussen was born July 23, 1947 in Cokato, Minnesota the daughter of Walter and Hattie (Wackler) Helinske. A lifelong member of St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake she was baptized on September 7, 1947 by Reverend Theo. Melinat and confirmed in her faith on March 26, 1961 by Reverend Gerhard C. Michael.
On August 15, 1964, she was married to Gerald (Jerry) Rasmussen at St. James Lutheran Church. Their marriage was blessed with a son Todd and daughter Bonnie.
For over thirty years, Sandy was employed by the Carlson/Gage Lettershop and for the last ten years at Sinclair both in Howard Lake.
Growing flowers and gardening were activities she enjoyed but spending time with family and friends was most important to her. She always had a special place in her heart for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
It was on October 29, 2016 that Sandy was called to her eternal rest having reached the age of 69 years, 3 months and 6 days.
She was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents; brothers Norman (Marian) Helinske, Donald (Carol) Helinske and special family friend Jim Murphy.
Sandy is survived by her husband Jerry; children Todd (Julie) and Bonnie; grandchildren Tory (Sandi), Nick (Amanda), Mike (girlfriend Molly), Aaron, Jesse and Raven; great-grandchildren Jayden and Anastasia; brother Clayton (Margie) Helinske; daughters-in-law Jody Rasmussen and Lisa Rasmussen; many relatives and friends.
Honorary urn bearers are Tory Rasmussen, Nick Rasmussen, Michael Rasmussen, Aaron Rasmussen and Jesse Morgan.
Officiating at the celebration of her life is Reverend Mark Loder with Nancy Butterfass serving as organist. Interment will be on a later date at the St. James Cemetery on Dutch Lake.


Clark, Robert David 77

Robert David Clark, age 77, of Litchfield, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, October 24, 2016.
A service will take place Friday, October 28, 2016 at 3 pm at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato, with visitation one hour prior to the service.
Bob was born November 19, 1938 in Conway Springs, KS to Clyde and Beth Clark. He was raised on a farm East of Conway Springs. Bob graduated from Conway Springs High School in 1956 and went on to get his teaching degree at Emporia State University. After College Bob taught for a while before moving on to another trade. Bob met Rosetta Gosser and they were united in marriage on November 15, 1958 and celebrated 57 years together. Robert and Rosetta started their family when they welcomed their daughter Tamara and five years later their son Greg. They then moved to Cokato, Minnesota where their son Doug was born. Bob went to work at Dura Supreme in Howard Lake as the Environmental Manager/Safety Director. Bob had a love for all sports but was a diehard Vikings fan. On game day he always would wear his Vikings t-shirt. Through the years Bob enjoyed doing some woodworking projects. He loved watching western shows and listening to country music. Bob was blessed with seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Bob is survived by his daughter Tamara (Duane) Clark-Webb, son Doug (Tracy) Clark, grandchildren Beth (Danny) Fredrickson, Joanie (Gordy) Corbett, Amie (Curt) Schmitz, Chad Webb, Triston Clark, Tate Clark, and Colton Clark. Great grandchildren Brody Corbett, Bently Corbett, and Huxley Schmitz. Sister Darlene (Dale) Harington of Lakewood, CO, brother Dan Clark of Topeka, KS, sister Linda Clark of Portland, OR, and sister Kara (Richard) Magill of Derby, KS. Bob is preceded in death by his parents Clyde and Beth Clark, wife Rosetta Clark, son Greg Clark, and brother Larry Clark.
Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 320-286-2534,
Bob will be missed by many. We love you dad/grandpa/pops.
A Special Thank you from the Family of Robert Clark to Ecumen of Litchfield, CentraCare Dialysis Clinic, Meeker County Public Transit, and all those that helped care for him. Thank you!


Main, Nancy Jean 78

Nancy Jean Main, passed away at home on Howard Lake on Sunday morning, October 23, 2016.
Memorial Service: 1PM Thursday, October 27, 2016 at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Howard Lake.
Visitation: will begin 1 hr. Prior to service at church.
Interment: Howard Lake Cemetery


Kruzel, Jennie Leigh 56

Kruzel, Jennie Leigh
age 56, of Howard Lake passed away surrounded by her loved ones on October 20, 2016. She was born September 5, 1960 in Clovis, NM to Robert and Betty (Hult) Nolby. Jennie was united in marriage to Roman “Buddy” Kruzel on July 30, 1988. They made their home in Howard Lake, MN. To this union two children were born, Colton and Leah.
Jennie enjoyed gardening, canning, arranging flowers, cooking, and spending time with her family. She worked for several years at the Howard Lake Drug Store.
Survived by her husband, Buddy, children Colton (Shauna) Kruzel, and Leah Kruzel, grandchildren, Luke Thaemert, Levi Plendl, and McKayla Kruzel, sisters, Cheri (Dudley) Johnson, Robyn (Robert) Mahlberg, Bonnie (Patrick) Perro, Jody (Kerry) Schoer, and Bobbi (Joel) Varichak, along with several other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by her parents, Bob and Betty.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake, MN with visitation 1 hour prior to the service. A luncheon will follow at the Howard Lake Community Center.


Westerlund, Julie Vera 90

Julie Vera (Lindahl) Westerlund, aged 90, of Minnetonka, MN, passed away on August 31st, 2016 at St. Therese Home in New Hope. She was born on November 20, 1925 to Oscar and Pearl (Anders) Lindahl of Howard Lake, MN.
Julie graduated from Howard Lake High School in 1943, where she was a cheerleader and part of the dance line. She worked for many years as a Bridal Consultant for Bjorkman’s. Julie was an active member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and Eastern Star. She was also a hardworking member of the Howard Lake Class of 1943 Reunion Committee.
Julie is survived by two sons, Gary of Sun Prairie, WI, and Robert (Jean) of Webster, WI; two grandchildren, Michael Westerlund of Andover, and Cheri Claybaugh of Elko New Market. She is also survived by brothers, Bud (Bernita) of California, and Vic (Delores) of MacGregor, MN, her sister Daisy Binder of Winsted, MN.; and numerous nieces, nephews and their children. Julie was preceded in death by her sister Ruth Mildred (Lindahl) Riewei, her daughter Diane (Westerlund) Peters, and her granddaughter Julia (Westerlund) Ellingson.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 22nd at 12:00PM, at the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home, 1224 6th St., Howard Lake, MN. Visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow the service at the Howard Lake Cemetery for Julie and her daughter Diane.

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