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Mabel L. Blaha

Mabel L. Blaha, age 94, of New Hope, died Thursday, April 13, 2006 at the Earle Brown Assisted Living facility in Brooklyn Center, where she had been a resident for six days.

Mabel was born Jan. 18, 1912 in Bloxholm, Iowa, to Henry and Emma Anderson, the second of three children. At an early age, her family moved to Cokato, where the family farmed.

Mabel grew up in Cokato, was baptized and confirmed in the Evangelical Lutheran Church, and graduated from Cokato High School.

She was united in marriage to Oscar Sandstrom Nov. 12, 1937. Oscar and Mabel resided in Cokato and enjoyed 30 years together before Oscar’s death in 1967.

Mabel was employed at 3M in Hutchinson for 23 years, and made many lifelong friends.

Mabel married Norman J. Blaha of Cokato Dec. 7, 1968. In 1976, Norman and Mabel moved to Escondido, Calif., where they enjoyed many wonderful years of retirement. Norm died on Easter Sunday 1993.

Mabel was very involved in her church, and was blessed with a supportive, loving, and caring church family. She loved to bake chocolate chip cookies for fellowship time between services. While attending Conununity Lutheran, she grew in her faith and became more aware of God’s daily presence in her life.

Mabel was a lady with a gentle spirit, who had a great sense of humor and was gifted in loving and accepting all people. Her smiles and hugs gladdened the hearts of all those who had the privilege of knowing and loving her.

Six years ago, Mabel moved back to Minnesota to be near family and friends.

She is survived by nephew Darrell (Becky) Anderson, great niece Evon Hill; great nephews, Dean (Liz) Anderson, and Kevin (Deb) Anderson; special friends Rollie and Nancy Severson; five step grandchildren; and many friends.

In addition to her two husbands, Mabel was preceded in death by her parents; sister Ruby; brother Dale; nephew Dean; sister-in-law Gertrude Anderson; and stepdaughter Barbara.

A memorial service celebrating Mabel’s life took place Thursday, April 13 at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Maple Grove, with Pastor Peter Geisendorfer-Lindgren officiating.

A service and interment took place Friday, April 28 at the Ev. Lutheran Church cemetary at Cokato.

Arrangements were by Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapels, Minneapolis.

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