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Leo William Stoppelman

Leo William Stoppelman, age 90 of Cokato, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004 at Cokato Manor.

Leo was born Sept. 13, 1914 in Middleville Township to Julius and Louise (Bakeberg) Stoppelman. He grew up on a farm on Wright Co. Rd. 5, attending Vanurden Country School, north of Howard Lake, and also St. James Lutheran School.

Following school, Leo began farming the family land. He was also employed by Pete Gilmer Granite Works in Owatonna, hauling granite for them for many years.

Leo served his country from 1942 to 1945 as a corporal in the United States Army.

He was married to Esther in August 1947.

Leo retired from farming in 1975. Following retirement, he moved to Brooks Lake Road in Cokato.

He volunteered at the Cokato Manor, and enjoyed visiting, reminiscing, and horses.

Leo is survived by his sister, Alice Boyd of Redding, Calif.; stepchildren Willis Schroeder of Montrose and LaVera Rogers of Minneapolis; and sister-in-law Milla Klammer of Howard Lake.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; stepchildren Alvin, Virgil, and Roger; and brothers and sisters: Luella Wackler, Sadie Carnahan, Francis Wackler, Lydia Washington, Pat Stoppelman, and Jack Stoppelman.

Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. David Sorensen Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. at Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato. Music was by Karen Anderson. Interment followed in Howard Lake City Cemetery.

Visitation took place one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.

Casket bearers were Ken Klammer, Virgil Melquist, Reed Scheer, Bob Wackler, Jim Wackler, and Michael Wackler.

Arrangements were by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato and Howard Lake.

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