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Mary Hokkanen, 97 Mary Hokkanen, formerly of Kimball and of Annandale, died Thursday, April 22, 2010, at St. Benedict's Senior Community in St. Cloud. She was 97. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 27, at the Kimball United Methodist Church with Pastor Luke C. Nelson offici- ating. Friends called from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Kimball and one hour prior to services at the church. There was a prayer service at 7 p.m. Monday. Burial at Redeemer Lutheran Cemetery in Kingston fol- lowed the funeral services. Mary Elizabeth Hokkanen was born Nov. 2, 1912, in Kingston to Karl Johan and Hanna Effina (Matsen) Saukkola. She was a 1932 graduate of Kimball High School and married Alfred Leonard Hok- kanen Feb. 22, 1935, in Minneapo- lis. He preceded her in death Sept. 26, 1957. She was an insurance clerk for North Memorial Medical Certter in Robbinsdale, and later for the Heart of the Lakes Clinic in Annandale. She was a member of Kimball United Methodist Church and enjoyed sewing, crocheting, and making craft items. Mary was preceded in death by her husband Alfred; son-in-law Larry Robinson; grandchildren Gary Robinson, Jesse and Jordan Hokkanen, sisters and brothers Helen, Mabel, John, Eva, Evelyn, Karl, Arthur, George, and Robert. She is survived by her children James (and Bernice) of Blanco, Texas, Joan (and Howard) Fuchs of St. Cloud, Janet (and David) Linn , of Albertville, Jerry (and Vicki) of San Antonio, Texas, and Jack (and Marsha) of Las Cruses, N.M.; sis- ter Verna Dahnke of South Haven; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grand- children; and seven great-great- grandchildren. Pallbearers were granddaugh- ters Dawn Marie Wiener, Jodie Meckle, Amy Peterson, Arielle Robinson, Jessica Hokkanen, and Jamie Champagne. Music for the service was provided by Joan Fuchs, Janet Linn, and Barb Root. Memorials are preferred to the Kimball United Methodist Church. Eugene Schwegel, 93 His hobbies included deer hunt- ing, fishing, gardening, wood cut- ting, and reading western nov- els. He enjoyed baseball, playing the harmonica, singing old Ger- man songs, and making wine. Eugene was skilled at sharpening saw blades and knives, and he als6 knitted socks and gloves for him- self and sold them to others. His wife Olivia died April 16, 2002. Eugene was preceded in death by his parents; wife Olivia; son Eugene Jr.; sons-in-law Ralph Stein, Mark Boisjolie, Donald Theisen; daughters-in-law Doris Schwegel, Lillian Schwegel; seven grandchildren; two great-grand- children; brothers Ted, Sam, and Tony Schwegel. He is survived by his children Pauline Stein of Watkins, Jean- nette Schwegel of Great Falls, Mont., Veronica (and Donald) Gill of Durbin, N.D., Joe (and Donna) Schwegel of St. Cloud, Betty (and Leonard) Walz of St. Joseph, John (and Marilyn) Schwegel of St. Cloud, Esther (and JUlius)' Langner of Rice, Susan Boisjo- lie of Le Sueur, Charles (and Reg- gie) Schwegel of Eden Valley, Alvin Eugene Schwegel of Wat- kins, formerly of Collegeville and St. Joseph, died Thursday, April 23, 2010, at the Assumption Home in Cold Spring. He was 93. Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins with Fr. John Brun- ner officiating. Interment was at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery. Eugene Schwegel was born Dec. 13, 1916, to Joseph and Mary (Meyer) Schwegel in Collegeville. He married Olivia Ressemann June 7, 1938, at St. John the Baptist Cath- olic Church in Collegeville. They farmed in St. Joseph for many years, and he also worked for the St. Joseph Meat Market and the saw mill. They moved to Casselton, ND., where Eugene worked for a farm corpora- tion for about 13 years, prior to mov- ing to Watkins. He also operated a threshing machine and corn-shred- ding service. Eugene was a member of the St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins, and was a member of the Catholic Aid Association. He was also a former secretary of the St. J6seph Rod and Gun Club. Church Obit. l Steven Keske, 60 Steven Keske died Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at his Annandale home from cance. He was 60. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 27, atConcor- dia Lutheran Church in.Fairhaveh with Pasto r Timothy Nerud offici- ating. Friends called from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Annandale, and one hour prior to the service Tues- day at the church. A prayer ser- vice was held at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial was in Concordia Lutheran Cemetery. Steven Louis Keske was born July 3, 1949, in Minneapolis to Orville and Irene (Korsten) Keske. He graduated from Robbinsdale High School with the class of 1967. Steve lived in Cambridge for 25 years before moving to Annandale in 2007. He worked as an operat- ing engineer for Unity Hospital for 31 years. Steve enjoyed fish- ing, watching Minnesota Twins and NASCAR, target shooting, and crossword puzzles. Steve was preceded in death by his father Orville. He is survived by his fian- c6e Brenda Speckel of Annan- dale; children Tracy Skonseng of St. Cloud, Jason (and Brandy) (and Leah) Schwegel of Watkins, and Helen Williams of Watkins; about 50 grandchildren; more than 40 great-grandchildren; and. several great-great-grandchild-. ten; brother and sisters William "Bill" (and Bernice) Schwegel of St. Cloud, Loretta Feldhous of Rockville, and Mary Murphy of Albany. Music was by Mary Streit and the church choir. Casket bear- ers were grandchildren. Arrange- ments were by the Ertl Funeral Home of Watkins. I iiiiiiii I unerai Car e Burial and Cremation Services View obituaries, guestbooks and videos on-line Kimball (320)398-5055 Thursday, April 29, 2010 TriCoun, MN ....  i-iiiiiiiii  :: --= -i IIZ -ZS"" ,.; Gohman benefit A spaghetti dinner benefit for Sarah Gohman, daughter of Steve and Sue Gohman is planned for Saturday, May 8. The dinner is from 4-8 p.m. at the American Legion in Kimball. Dinner is $7 for adults, children 10 and under are $4, and age 3 and under are free. A silent auction will be from 4-8:30 p.m. Drinks and Karaoke are from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. at Main Street Pub in Kimball with proceeds bene- fitting Sarah. To make a donation, contact Steve Gohman at (320) 249-7000, Tom Ehlinger at (320) 250-2411, or Eric Blommer at (320) 333-5579, or mail to: Sarah Gohman Benefit, PO Box 121, Kimball MN 55353 (checks payable to Sarah Gohman Benefit). Skonseng of Andover, Cheryl of Isanti, and Steven, Jr. (and Judy) of Cambridge; mother Irene of Rob- binsdale; brother Tom Sr. (and Joyce) of Minong, Wis.; sister GI0- ria (and Richard) Gillette of Houl- ton, Wis.; grandchildren Tyler and Desirae; nephew Tom Jr. (and Bar- bara); and great-niece Danielle. Pallbearers were Kenneth Bruggenthies, Ron Ness, Bob Engelbretson, Greg Smegal, Nick Fylling, Jeremiah Speckel, and Paul Berg. Ruth Fry provided the music for the service. Maine Prairie Cemetery clean-up Clean-up day for the Maine Prairie Cemetery is set for May 1. In case of inclement weather, it will be scheduled for May 15. Any- one wishing to help is welcomed. Maine Prairie Cemetery Board Clean-up day at Lake Ur00on Cemetery Clean-up day at the Lake Union Cemetery of rural South" Haven will be starting around 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 28. Kimball Community Gardens Ed and Rose Borman have set aside land for the Kimball Com- munity Gardens. It's located south of Kimball off Willow Creek Road, County Road 150. The land will be prepared for spring planting by their percheron draft horses, Matt and Dec. Plots are $25. Smaller plots are also available. If you are interested in a 50 foot by 50 foot garden plot, or helping with the youth garden plot, contact Ed or Rose Borman at (320) 398-5552. Each gardener, family, or group is responsible for their own plot and will decide what to plant, keep the plot weeded, and harvest their own crops. Gardens may consist of flowers, vegetables, or a combina- tion of the two. Water will be available, but you will need to provide your own gar- dening tools. New this year is a cutting bed. Cut your own flowers for $5 a bunch. Fresh eggs are also for sale. NHS Food Drive The Kimball Area High School National Honor Society will be sponsoring a food drive Monday, April 26, through Friday, April 30. The goal is for all grades to collect 500 pounds to donate to the food shelf, which will recieve $1 for every pound donated. A list of sug- gested donations will be posted in the Kimball Area High School. We appreciate your support. Sarah Messer, National Honor Society Dollars for Scholars Gala Kimball Area Dollars for Schol- ars would like to remind the com- munity of our upcoming Gala. The theme this year is "Oh, the places you'll go" from Dr. Seuss. The event is held at Kimball Area High School in the cafeteria Saturday, May 15. Doors open at 5 p.m. for you to browse the Silent Auction. A gourmet meal served at 6 by B&P Catering (from Maple Lake). This year's entertainment is James Wedgwood (comedian/ventriloquist). Tickets are available at either school office and at the State Bank of Kimball. ! ) Now offering RESPITE CARE Amenities to meet your needs: 3 meals per day & snacks Scheduled exercise and Church activities, including mass 3 times/me. Housekeeping/laundry services Medication services with : PN/RN services available ":: 24 hours per day Heritage House of Kimball Assisted Living at its Finest  For more information: ,ioye Quast, LPN/Manager or Klm Norgren, LPN/st. Managm (320)