Roger Martin Engel

Roger Martin Engel, age 67 of Cokato and formerly of Howard Lake, died peacefully Thursday, Oct. 28, 1999, at North Memorial Hospital.

Roger was born Oct. 1, 1932, the son of Walter and Doris (Fiedler) Engel, on their rural Howard Lake farm. A life-long member of St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake, Roger was baptized Oct. 30, 1932, by the Rev. C. G. Seltz; and confirmed in his faith March 30, 1947 by the Rev. Theo. Melinat.

On Sept. 16, 1950, Roger married Alberta (Bertie) Elaine Blodgett at the Methodist Church, Montrose, by the Rev. A. L. Olney. Roger and Bertie farmed north of Cokato until he retired in 1993.

He was a C & H Ag. board member for several years and active withthe Wright County Pork Producers. He enjoyed his cows and farming.

After retirement, Roger enjoyed woodworking in his shop and working on his lawn. The last few years, he especially enjoyed his children, grandchildren, and family picnics.

Roger was preceded in death by his father, Walter; an infant son, Mark Roger; and two brothers, Glen and Eugene.

He is survived by his wife Bertie of Cokato; their five children: Sheila Briesemeister and special friend, Wayne Lemke, of Howard Lake; Linda Bessard and husband, Gilbert, of Minneapolis; Marijo Thomas and special friend, Rob Belt, of Little Canada; David Engel of Cokato; and Sharon Engel and fiance, John Remer, of Plymouth; and six grandchildren: Aaron and Amber Briesemeister, Lindsay and Matthew Bessard, Angie Engel, and Derek Remer.

He is further survived by his mother, Doris Engel; brother, Duane (Buck) Engel and wife, Marilyn; nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake, with the Revs. Arthur Bode, Michael Nirva and Martin Schoenfeld officiating. Diane Johnson was the organist; the soloist was Marge Stueven.

Casket bearers were Matt Stifter, Merlyn Lutter, Arnold Hecksel, Doug Long, Marvin Robertson, and Lenny Anderson. Honorary pallbearers were his grandchildren: Angie, Lindsay, Aaron, Amber, Matthew, and Derek.

Arrangements were by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake.

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