Danberg, David William 62

David William Danberg, age 62, went to be in paradise with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on November 13, 2019. The son of Kale Danberg and Nancy (Broan) Danberg, was born physically on February 11, 1957, and born spiritually, on July 9, 2019. As an avid Vikings fan, he hated to mention that he was born in Beloit, Wisconsin. Fortunately soon after, his family moved to Cokato, Minnesota where he lived out the rest his life. He enjoyed spending time with his family, watching sports, hunting and fishing.
A 1975 graduate of Dassel-Cokato High School. He attended University of Minnesota, Crookston obtaining an associate’s degree. Married August 18, 1984 to Donette Lange as a result of a successful blind date set up by his future mother-in-law and her friend Mae Delp. He and his bride again renewed their vows with family and friends this past summer on their 35th wedding anniversary.
Illness plagued Dave for the past ten years, with Hereditary Hemmoragiac Telangectasia being the culprit to heart, kidney and liver failure. HHT caused chronic nose and mouth bleeds which sent him to the hospital over 100 times for blood transfusions and many other hospital stays. Very grateful to all those who give life through their blood to the Red Cross as you helped to sustained his physical life. Eternally grateful for the blood of Jesus Christ, which gave spiritual life so that Dave could live forever in God’s spiritual kingdom. Further grateful to doctors Dale Lawrence, Tony Lesch, Karen Riley and their staff at Buffalo clinics, and the nurses and volunteers at Guardian Angels Hospice Care.
Dave worked 40 years at the same company as they changed names and places. Beginning with FabriTech here in Cokato, then CTS Connectors and AbelConn Electronics, which moved the plant to New Hope in 2002, and ending at Atrenne on March 15, 2019. He worked in quality control and as a machinist. Dave provided faithfully and amazingly for his family through all of his medical trials.
Surviving Dave is his wife Donette, daughter Trista of Blaine, sons Kenny and Seth of Cokato, his father Kale (JoAnn) of Brooklyn Park, mother Nancy of Dassel, sister Linda Ponsford of Dassel and brother Jeff of Cokato. Further survived by his in-laws Hank and Ruth Lange of St. Cloud, sister-in-laws Deb (Jay) Kadlec of Sartell, Darlene (Glenn) Jude of Dayton, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his sister Rachel in 2008, and brother-in-laws Norm Ponsford and Dale Lange in 2018.
A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church of Cokato at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 24. Visitation one hour prior to the service and a light lunch served afterwards. Arrangements made by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cokato, Minnesota, 320-286-2534.


Achterkirch, Stephen James 71

Stephen James Achterkirch, was born in Duluth, Minnesota on May 1, 1948, to Herbert and Ruth (Christensen) Achterkirch. He grew up in Cokato, Minnesota and graduated from Cokato High School in 1966. After high school he attended St. Cloud State University.
After stints in construction, Steve began working for American Breeders Service (ABS) and was lucky enough to retire in his mid-fifties.
His pastimes included local theater, softball, hunting, weight training, reading non-fiction, and darts. But the majority of his time was spent on the lakes fishing with friends and family.
Stephen passed away at his home in Glencoe, Minnesota on November 9, 2019. He had reached the age of 71 years, 6 months and 8 days. Survivors include his brother Peter (Lauren) Achterkirch of Wadena, Nieces Lisa Uselman (Pat Delcourt) of Andover and Allison Achterkirch (Kurt Johnson) of New Hope, 3 great nephews: Matthew, Zachary, and Novi, 2 great nieces: Mikaela and Zayda, and 1 great-great nephew, Jaxson.

There will be a short graveside service at the Spencer Cemetery in Aitkin, Minnesota on November 23, 2019 at 11 AM, and celebratory lunch afterwards at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Aitkin.


Burkett, James Glenn 84

James Glenn Burkett was born in Kell, Illinois, on April 7, 1935 to James and Minnie (Burke) Burkett. He grew up in Rock Falls, Illinois and graduated from high school there in 1953.
After high school he went to work at various jobs, and then entered the US Army. He served from 1961 to 1963 mostly at the Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Denver Colorado.
On November 24, 1962 James married LaVonne Elaine Anderson at Denver, Colorado. After service the couple moved to Rochelle, Illinois. They later moved to Sioux City Iowa and then Waverly, Minnesota. James was a rural letter carrier in Buffalo and retired from there in 1999.
In the summer, James could often be found on the lake. He loved fishing and telling tales about fishing. James liked to go on road trips, play cards, and do wood working projects. He was an avid reader, and enjoyed attending school and youth sporting events. He liked to make others laugh by telling jokes, teasing and telling tall tales.
James passed away at St. Mary’s Care Center of Winsted on November 5, 2019. He had reached the age of 84 years, 6 months and 28 days.
Survivors include his wife LaVonne, Children: Mark Burkett, James K. (Cheryl) Burkett, Bobbie (Tarmo) Kubits, Lori (Larry) Mullesch, Terry (Judy) Burkett, and Jodi (Dale) Altringer. 15 grandchildren, many great grandchildren. Brother-in-law Gary (Jane) Anderson.
James is preceded in death by his parents, James and Minnie Burkett, an infant son Craig, grandson James Earl, and his 7 siblings.
Memorial Service: 11 AM Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at St. James Lutheran Church of Howard Lake.
Visitation: 4-8 PM Monday, November 11, at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake. and 1hr. prior to service at church on Tuesday.


Gruenhagen, Russell Kenneth 65

Gruenhagen, Russell Kenneth
age 65, of Howard Lake passed away on October 28, 2019. He was born July 26, 1954 in Cokato, MN to Kenneth and Helen (Uecker) Gruenhagen. He resided in Howard Lake nearly his entire life, being baptized and confirmed at St. James Lutheran Church and graduating from Howard Lake High School in 1972. Russell enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survived by his siblings, Noreen (Don) Horsch, Garlen Gruenhagen, and Jane (Tom) Boesen, along with many other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 16, 2019 with visitation 1 hour prior to services at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Howard Lake, MN 320-543-3401,


Kotila, Nels Mark 43

Nels Mark Kotila, 43, of Cokato, MN was called suddenly to his Heavenly home on November 1, 2019, while he was in the field doing the work he loved.

Nels was born in Litchfield, MN, to Mark and Joan Kotila on December 29, 1975. He grew up on the family farm north of Cokato and lived within half a mile of the farm his whole life except for a short time in town. Nels graduated from Dassel-Cokato High School in 1994.

Growing up, Nels helped his dad milking cows and growing crops on their farm. He enjoyed many hours working and learning alongside his dad in the shop and in their excavating business. He was very mechanically gifted, and was capable of fixing most things.

Nels had a great enthusiasm for life. He had many hobbies which included working on heavy equipment, tinkering in the shop with his brothers and dad, ice fishing, snowmobiling, camping, motorcycle trips, visiting and cooking. Nels always enjoyed being with family and friends, but most important to him was his childlike faith.

Nels and Mary were wed on August 16, 2014. They were married for five short, blissful years, and lived life to the fullest. They were blessed with two daughters and a son.

His big smile and kind, gentle ways will forever be remembered.

Nels is survived by his wife, Mary (Wittenberg, Mattila), children Kevin (Savannah) Mattila, Allison (Hunter) Josephson, Hanna and Gretchen Mattila, Louise, Kate, and Russell Kotila; grandchildren Wynn & Lucy Mattila and Gus Josephson. Mother, Joan Kotila, Siblings Annika (Samuel) Mattila, Mitchell (Eetta), Bridget (Jeffrey) Ylitalo, Jack (Leah), Natasha (Greg) Jurvakainen, Colin (Kayla), Julie (Patrick) Lake, Ashley (Nathan) Lake, Tatiana (Eric) Wittenberg, Jordan (fiancé Linda Haataja), Taylor (Josh) Wuollet, Shauna (Kyle) Davison. Father and mother-in-law Paul and Sue Wittenberg, sisters and brothers-in-law, many aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Nels is preceded in death by his dad Mark Kotila, Grandparents Nels and Ardyce Kotila, and Paul and Millie Raisanen.

A funeral service will take place at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at the Cokato Laestadian Lutheran Church. Visitation will take place at the church from 4-8 PM with 7 PM prayer on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 and continue 1 hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato, 320-286-2534,

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