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Linnea Ethel Engstrom

Linnea Ethel (Kotila) Engstrom, age 80, of Cokato, died Monday, April 16, 2007 at the Cokato Manor.

She was born March 7, 1927 in Cokato Township to Oscar and Hilma Kotila. Linnea was baptized and confirmed at the Apostolic Lutheran Church.

Linnea was married to LeRoy Engstrom Aug. 19, 1944. The couple had seven children. They lived and raised their family on the farm until 1974, when they built a new home on a neighboring farm.

Linnea was a homemaker and also worked at Fabricraft for several years. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, sewing, quilting, canning, and entertaining. She loved having friends and relatives to the house for a meal, or just a cup of coffee and some “lunch.”

Linnea traveled to Finland twice in her lifetime to visit relatives, the most recent trip being in May 2003.

A member of North Crow River Lutheran Church, rural Cokato, Linnea was active in Ladies Aid. She was treasurer of the Cokato Finnish American Society for many years.

Linnea resided at Brookridge assisted living since LeRoy passed away, and most recently, the Cokato Manor.

She is survived by her children, Sandra (Gerry) Holles, Judith Joy, Jon Engstrom, James (Kathy) Engstrom, Cheryl (Bruce) Provo, Elizabeth Jordan, and Hans (Mary) Engstrom; 17 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brothers George Kotila and Martin Kotila; sisters Della Erickson and Impie Olson; and sister-in-law Mae Forsman.

Linnea was preceded in death by her parents; husband, LeRoy; grandson, Erik Engstrom; and brothers, Nels and Earl Kotila.

Funeral services were Friday, April 20 at 11 a.m. at North Crow River Lutheran Church with the Rev. Mike Nelson officiating. Music was provided by Barb Root and Sheldon Hedin. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Casket bearers were Linnea’s grandsons: Jason Engstrom, Jeremy Provo, Jesse Provo, Seymour Jordan, John Colin Engstrom, Everett Jordan, Derek Engstrom, and Walter Jordan. Honorary bearers were George Kotila, Martin Kotila, Clarence Anderson, Edwin Erickson, and Dean Olson.

Visitation was Thursday, April 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. at North Crow River Lutheran Church, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., and continued Friday for one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements were by the Swanson Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.

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