Apr
22

Hermann, Fredrick John 98

Fred Hermann, age 98, died April 21, 2014, at the Emmanuel Home in Litchfield. The funeral was Friday, April 25, at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato with the Rev. Timothy Wheatley and Chaplain Roger Klinghagen of Emmanuel Home officiating. Music was by Roger Klinghagen and Karen Anderson. Place of interment was the Cokato Finnish Cemetery. Casket bearers were Scott Hultgren, Christopher Hultgren, Chad Hultgren, Bruce Christofferson, Brian Christofferson and Christopher Wagner.
Fredrick John Hermann, son of Johannes and Musine (Andersen) Hermann, was born in Woodbury County near Sioux City, Iowa, on December 13, 1915. He was baptized at the Danish Apostolic Lutheran Church in Sioux City. In March 1930 his family moved to a farm northeast of Cokato. He was confirmed at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato in 1931.
Fred was united in marriage to Mildred E. Korpela of Cokato on December 3, 1943. They were married 18 years when Mildred passed away on March 15, 1962. They farmed near Cokato Lake, and he served in various public offices and local boards of directors.
Fred and Pearl Salmela Hultgren of Minneapolis were married at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo on July 6, 1963. They resided in Buffalo, at Lake Francis in French Lake Township, in Cokato, and Litchfield. In 1997 they moved to Emmaus Place in Litchfield. Fred had been a resident of the Emmanuel Home since December 2012.
He is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Pearl; stepdaughter, Karen (David) Christofferson; stepdaughter-in-law, Judith Hultgren; and their families. He is also survived by nieces and nephews, Ellen Kelly, Shirley Smolinski, Rodney Hermann, Robert Hermann, Diane Walter, Jeanette Thompson, Olivia Smith, Lenore Bevis, and David Bylund.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Mildred; sisters, Judith Hammer of Willmar, Emma Bylund of Minneapolis, and Marie Sorensen of Worthington; brothers, Henry Hermann of Cokato and Walter Hermann of Litchfield; stepson, Craig Hultgren; nephews, John Hermann, Paul Sorensen and Herman Sorensen; and great-nephew, Todd Hermann.
Fred was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato. He was a Cokato Lodge 134 A.F. & A.M. member for 52 years. Fred worked for 23 years for the Wright County ASCS office at Buffalo in the administration of federal farm programs. After his retirement, he and Pearl spent 17 winters at Alamo, Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley. In his younger years he was an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman. He and Pearl traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada and enjoyed a memorable trip to Denmark. Blessed be his memory.
A funeral service will take place on Friday, Aprli 25, 2014 at 2:00 pm at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato with visitation 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Internment will immediately follow services at the Cokato Finnish Cemetery.

Apr
19

Lee, Joyce Arlene 94

Joyce A. Lee, age 94, passed away April 19, 2014. Joyce was born in Princeton, Minnesota, on November 22, 1919, the daughter of Arthur and Anna (Roadstrom) Moline. Joyce grew up on a farm in Wyanett Township. After high school, Joyce attended business school in Minneapolis.

Joyce was united in marriage to Russell A. Lee on August 14, 1948. They moved to Lisbon, North Dakota, where they owned their first funeral home and furniture store. Due to Russ’s bout with cancer in 1954, they were forced to sell their business. After recovering from the cancer, they spent a few years in various locations; Fairfax, MN where they owned and operated a hardware store; Garden City, MI and Burlington, IA where Russ was a high school teacher. In 1960, they purchased the funeral home and furniture store in Howard Lake, where they made their home until 2003. At that time they moved to Edgewood Gables in Cokato.

Throughout their working years, Joyce was primarily a homemaker and mother, but also helped in their various business activities. She loved numbers and particularly enjoyed working in their income tax business.

Upon retirement, Joyce and Russ enjoyed travelling and wintering in Arizona, and spending time with their two grandsons.

Joyce was a long time member of Walker United Methodist Church where she was involved in many activities. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and a volunteer in various community activities

Joyce was preceded in death by her husband Russ; her parents; stepfather, Joe Moline; sister Lorraine Anderson; brother Donald Moline. She is survived by her daughter Patricia Lee; son Kent and his wife, Connie, and their two sons, Chris Lee and Jon Lee. Also survived by many friends and other relatives.

Most of all, Joyce was a truly wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and mother-in-law. She was smart, supportive of others’ endeavors and very proud of their accomplishments. She will be forever remembered for her love of family and love of fun, and for her courage and strength when facing adversity…….along with that great smile! Joyce will be greatly missed by all who know her.

Our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Thomas Styrvoky, for his care over the years, to Nancy Deiter and the staff at Edgewood Gables, and to the nurses and staff at Brookside Assisted Living for their loving care for Joyce, especially during her last few days.

Funeral service: Tues. 4/22, 2pm.
Visitation: Mon. 4/21, 5-8 pm.
All at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake.

Apr
15

Oliver, Lorraine R. 88

Lorraine R. Oliver of Howard Lake, passed away at Mercy Hospital of Coon Rapids, on April 12, 2014. There will be a Memorial Service on Saturday, April 26 at 1 PM at Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato. Visitation will begin 1hr prior to service. Interment will be at the Sylvan Cemetery.

Lorraine R. Oliver was born on May 8, 1925, at Benton Harbor, Michigan to William and Rose (Randolph) Tollifson. She grew up in Benton Harbor until 1937 the family moved to Minneapolis, then to a farm North of Howard Lake in 1940.

Lorraine graduated from Howard Lake High School in 1943. On December 1, 1943 She married Dale Clinton Oliver, they enjoyed 60 years of marriage together and had one son Dale Lee Oliver. They made their home on the farm North of Howard Lake where they farmed, raised their family and Lorraine still lived there at the time of her death.

Lorraine enjoyed most out door activities, she loved the farm life except for pigs. She still mowed her own large yard, liked gardening and canning and was very fond of her dog “Irish”.

Lorraine passed away at Mercy Hospital of Coon Rapids on April 12, 2014. She had reached the age of 88 years, 11 months, and 4 years.

Survivors include: daughter-in-law Sharon Oliver of Howard Lake, Sisters Kay (Bill) Schendel of St. Bonifacious, and Ginger Kranitz of Edina. Sister-in-law Doris Tolifson of New Hope.

Preceding her in death is: parents William and Rose Tollifson, husband Dale Oliver, Son Lee Oliver, brothers George, PeeWee, and Gene, sister Mickey Lemke.

Apr
08

Baldy, Alexander Richard Sr. 94

Alexander Richard Baldy Sr., of Watertown, MN

Passed away on Friday February 28th 2014 at the age of 94 years old

He was born on Dec. 8, 1919 on the family homestead in Maple Plain, MN to Paul and Francis (Adickes) Baldy. He had 4 sisters, Agnes, Mary, Florence and Betty.

Farming was his 1st love. Seeing it go from plow horses, to threshing machines, to his first Farmall tractor purchased for him by his father. His love of that first tractor took him to the fields doing custom work for neighbors near and far. When not in the field you could see him travelling on his motorcycle.

A motorcycle trip found him his one true love, his wife Carmen. He was married to her for 56 years.

He would go from a farmer to a trucker in later years. He worked as independent contractor for the U.S. Post Office for over 20 years. The same neighbors that had seen him on the road with his tractors and motorcycles now would see him on the road in his trucks from the local post offices to the main post office in Minneapolis.

He enjoyed his golden years by going to parades, the casino or just a drive to see what the farmers were doing. He would always answer yes when asked, Do you want to______? He enjoyed any new adventure up until his last days.

He is survived by his son Alex Jr., and daughter Amber Baldy

Apr
05

Peterson, Ralph Dale 83

Ralph Dale Peterson, age 83, died on April 4, 2014 at his home near Cokato with his family at his side.
Ralph was born on November 19, 1930 to Oscar and Amanda (Henning) Peterson. He attended Mound Elementary and High School, graduating in 1948. He married Joanne Nelson in 1951 at Cokato Evangelical Lutheran Church. For the first two years of their marriage, Ralph worked at his father’s farm near Delano, Minnesota.
Ralph served in the United States Army, 1953-55, and was stationed at Fort Meyers in Arlington, Virginia where he was assigned highly classified duties in the Pentagon.
Following an honorable discharge from the Army, Ralph attended the University of Minnesota, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. Ralph and Joanne lived in Minneapolis where he began a career in grocery store management, until 1964 when they moved to the Nelson family farm north of Cokato.
Along with his business career, Ralph was a lifelong farmer and a DeKalb dealer for several years. He served his community as a member of the Cokato township board from 1979-1994. He also served on the Cokato Business Association, the Solid Waste Management Board, and as chairman of the 1976 Cokato Corn Carnival. Ralph was a member of the church councils at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Minneapolis and Cokato Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Ralph is survived by his wife, daughters LaDonna (Scotty) Wylie, Cynthia (Daryl) Pischner, and sons Alan Peterson (special friend Joan Breczinski) and Larry (Kris) Peterson. He is also missed by five grandchildren, Kari (Jeremy) Wylie Johnston, Joshua (Jody) Wylie, Jonathan Pischner, Katie Peterson, and Dean Peterson and four great-grandchildren, Payton and Gracee Johnston and Tanner and Tyler Wylie.
He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law Vernie and Irene Nelson, brothers, Lloyd, Earl, and Donald, infant sister Lorraine, sisters-in-law Mabel Peterson, Margaret Peterson, and Maejelle Nelson Nething, and brother-in-law Dean Nelson.
A Funeral Service will take place at 2:00pm on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 from 4-7 pm at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato and continue 1 hour prior to services at the church.
Internment with military honors will follow the service at the Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Cokato.

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