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Loretta Lucille Larson

Loretta Lucille Larson, of Cokato, and formerly of Howard Lake, was suddenly called to her eternal rest Wednesday, April 16, 2003, at Hennepin County Medical Center at the age of 88 years, eight months, and 23 days.

Loretta entered the assisted living apartments at Cokato Manor in 2002.

Loretta was born July 24, 1914, in Waverly, the daughter of Walter and Emma (nee Kunde) Ruckle.

She was baptized April 18, 1915, at the Presbyterian Church in Howard Lake by Rev. Marvin Myers, and confirmed in her faith Dec. 20, 1931, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Ogilvie, by Rev. H. E. Sieving.

Loretta was united in marriage to Walter Larson Oct. 2, 1934, at St. Paul's Church, Ogilvie. This union was blessed with the births of four children.

They farmed and made their home south of Howard Lake in Victor Township. Loretta also worked for Tonka Toys in Minnetonka for 12 years.

She enjoyed reading and doing embroidery work. As a member of St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake, she quilted with the Naomi Guild and assisted in assembling the church's monthly newsletter.

She was an active member of the Howard Lake Senior Citizens group.

Loretta was preceded in death by her parents Walter and Emma Ruckle; stepmother Anna Ruckle; husband Walter Larson; three brothers: Charles Ruckle, Donald Ruckle, and Willard Ruckle; one sister: Doris Bakeberg; and by three infant siblings: Orion, Edward, and Margorie Ruckle.

She is survived by her children, son Gerald and wife MaryBelle Larson, daughters Elaine and husband Roger Settergren, Janet and husband Robert Cornell, and Phyllis Meintsma; grandchildren Tim Larson, Lori Larson, Lynn Olson, Michael Cornell, Jesse Meintsma, and Christina Cornell; and great-grandchildren Amanda Larson, Alec Olson, Alexis Olson, and Emrick Cornell.

She is further survived by two sisters: Sylvia Larson and LaVonne Robinson; one brother: Sheldon Ruckle; one sister-in-law: Rena Ruckle; nieces, nephews, and a host of relatives, and friends.

Visitation will be today, April 21, 2003, from 5 to 8 p.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m., and one hour prior to the funeral service at St. James Lutheran Church.

Funeral services for Loretta Larson will take place Tuesday, April 22, at 2 p.m., at St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake, with Rev. Michael Nirva and Rev. Martin Schoenfeld officiating.

Organist will be Nancy Butterfass, with special music by soloist Darrell Larson.

Pallbearers are Tim Larson, Lori Larson, Lynn Olson, Brian Olson, Michael Cornell, Jesse Meintsma, and Christina Cornell.

Interment will be at Howard Lake Cemetery.

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

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