Florence Bernice Asplin

Florence Bernice Asplin, age 78 of Cokato, passed away Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000, at the Cokato Manor.

Florence was born Oct. 11, 1921, at Rochester, Wash., to Carl and Valborg Bryngelson. She was baptized at the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rochester, Wash., on Dec. 4, 1921.

When Florence was young, her family moved to a farm in the Lamson, Minn. area, south of Dassel. Florence was confirmed at Stockholm Lutheran Church, Stockholm Township; and attended the Dahlen School.

On June 28, 1948, Florence was united in marriage to Arthur "Wes" Asplin, with the Rev. Oscar A. Peterson officiating, and Elmer and Marie Lundeen as witnesses. Two children, Linda and Larry, were born to this union. Wes and Florence made their home on the Asplin family homestead.

Besides raising the children and taking care of her husband, Florence worked at Johnson Produce, Cokato; Green Giant Canning, Glencoe and Cokato; and for approximately 15 years, at FabriTek, Cokato.

Florence greatly enjoyed working in the out-of-doors, with multiple vegetable and flower gardens throughout the family farm. She continued to garden and care for the large, landscaped yard after the death of her husband in 1983, until she moved into an apartment in Cokato in June 1991.

Florence enjoyed being surrounded by friends and family. Illness brought her to Cokato Manor in November 1996, where she was warmly received and loved by the many dedicated and wonderful staff members of Cokato Manor.

At the time of her death, Florence had reached the age of 78 years, three months, and 29 days. She is survived by her daughter, Linda (Chris) Vokaty of Howard Lake; son, Larry Asplin of St. Cloud; grandson, Chad, of Pensacola, Fla.; step-sisters, Marie Lundeen and Olga Blanchard of Cokato; half-sister, Pernell Waltermann of Cass Lake, Minn.; and step-brothers, Wesley Opsahl of Cokato and Colonel Opsahl of Henderson, Nev.

Florence was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Wes; brothers, Albert Bryngelson and infant Vincent Bryngelson; sister Ruth Telecky; step-brother Layton Opsahl; and step-sister, Wilma Nelson.

Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 14, 2000, at Stockholm Lutheran Church, Cokato, with the Revs. James Nauschultz and Darius Larsen officiating. Music was by Melba Anderson and Joann Benson. Interment followed at Oakland Cemetery, Hutchinson.

Casket bearers were Chris Vokaty, Dwight Lundeen, Darrill Telecky, Doug Lundeen, Curtis Lundeen, Aaron Telecky, and Douglas Telecky.

Arrangements were by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home, Inc., Cokato and Howard Lake.

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