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Charles Waldo Moberg

Charles Waldo Moberg, age 86, of Cokato, died Monday, July 31, 2006 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, after a long battle with cancer.

He was born Dec. 23, 1919 in Murdock, Minn. His parents, Martin and Mabel (Johnson), gave him the first name Charles, in honor of his two grandparents. The family soon moved to Willmar, where his father was employed by the Buick garage. In 1927, the family moved to Cokato.

Waldo attended Cokato public schools, graduating in 1937. He studied automotive repair and electricity at Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis before joining his father in automotive repair work.

Waldo married Corinne Rodberg June 18, 1941.

He enlisted in the US Navy in August of 1942; and was discharged in November of 1945, after serving at Naval air stations in Seattle and Hawaii. Waldo then returned to the car dealership in Cokato.

In February, 1950, Waldo and Corinne adopted a daughter, Connie Lynn.

Corinne died from cancer in 1968.

Waldo then married Janet Nelson in 1970, and together they adopted a son, Joe in 1974.

Waldo was active in his church and community. He participated in the Cokato Association, corn carnival committees, and the city council, and was a charter member of Rotary.

At Elim Mission Church, Waldo served in teaching, music, and on various boards. He was active in starting the Cokato Charitable Trust, and served on the Cokato Manor, Ebenezer Home, and Northwest Conference boards.

Following retirement from Moberg Motor Co. in 1983, Waldo volunteered for missionary ministry with his wife, Janet. They spent four years under Covenant World Mission in Tokyo and Mexico City.

Waldo enjoyed life. He enjoyed his family, church, sports, and especially people. He will be greatly missed.

Waldo is survived by his wife, Janet; daughter Connie; son Joe; granddaughter JoRae; and sisters Marion and Audrey.

In addition to his first wife, Waldo was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral service was Thursday, Aug. 3 at 2 p.m. at Elim Mission Church in Cokato with the Rev. Wally Glucklich officiating. Music was by Vicky Neighbors and Larry and Nancy Wasmund. Interment was in Cokato City Cemetery.

Visitation took place Wednesday, Aug. 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato; and continued Thursday for one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.

Casket bearers were Paul Vandergon, Brad Anderson, Mark Anderson, Jon Holmgren, Leon Nordberg, Kurt Holmgren, and John Martinson.

Arrangements were by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.

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