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Lester G. Molnau

Lester G. Molnau, age 85, of Howard Lake, passed away Monday, July 22, 2002.

Lester was born near Chaska in Chanhassen Township, Carver County, Jan. 24, 1917. His parents were Gustav, Jr., and Marie (nee Schmidt) Molnau.

He was baptized at St. John's Lutheran Church, Chaska, in March of that year by the Rev. Walter Rehwald. He spend his infancy and young childhood on the family farm, and in the fall of 1923, he attended St. John's Parochial School at Chaska.

Lester was confirmed by the Rev. Otto E. Kohn at St. John's Church having received religious instruction while attending St. John's School. He also attended Chaska Public High School for a short time.

Lester was united in marriage to Mildred Quast at Trinity Lutheran Church, rural Carver, by the Rev. Victor Osterman. Two children were born to this union.

After leaving the family farm, Lester was employed in St. Paul and, some years later, at Cloquet.

In retirement, he and Millie made their home in Howard Lake and joined St. James Lutheran Church. He attended services regularly and helped out with jobs around the church when his health permitted.

Lester was suddenly called to his eternal rest July 22 at the age of 85 years, six months, and 20 days.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gustav and Marie Molnau, and one brother, Erwin Molnau.

Lester is survived by his wife, Mildred Molnau of Howard Lake; two children, son Gary Molnau of Maple Grove, and daughter Carol Ann Peterson and husband Ken of Hillsboro, N.D.; five grandchildren, Mark, Jeffrey, and Jason Molnau, and Phillip and Vincent Koski; nine great-grandchildren, Matthew, Danielle, Nicholas, Emily, April, Alex, Noah, Mitchell, and Trent Molnau; one brother, Dr. Ralph Molnau and wife Mary of Waconia; two sisters-in-law, Margaret Molnau and Orline Moore; nieces, nephews, and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Lester Molnau were Thursday, July 25, at St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake, with the Rev. Michael Nirva and the Rev. Martin Schoenfeld officiating.

Nancy Butterfass was organist, and special music was provided by soloist Jamie Moor, Lester's grand-nephew.

Pallbearers were Mark Molnau, Jeffrey Molnau, Jason Molnau, Phillip Koski, Vincent Koski, and Michael Happ.

Interment was at the St. John's Cemetery, rural Chaska.

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