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Lila Elizabeth Carlen

Lila Elizabeth Carlen, age 92, of Cokato, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008, at the Hutchinson Community Hospital.

The funeral service will take place today, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. at the North Crow River Lutheran Church, rural Cokato with the Rev. Mike Nelson officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation was Sunday evening, Feb. 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, and will continue today for one hour prior to the service at the church.

Casket bearers are Lila’s grandsons: Cary Peterson, Jerrol Peterson, Thomas Johnson, Jim Carlen, Kevin Carlen, and Corey Carlen. The hymns are “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say,” “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee,” and “He Leadeth Me: Oh, Blessed Thought!” Organist is LeRene Soderberg. Soloist, Thomas Johnson will sing “His Eye Is On The Sparrow” and “Borning Cry.”

Lila was born April 24, 1915, in Howard Lake, the daughter of William Alexzander and Ada (VanHoose) Hess. She grew up east of Cokato by Albright’s Mill, and graduated from the Cokato High School in 1932.

Lila was united in marriage to Norman Carlen June 14, 1936, at the Church of Christ parsonage in Howard Lake. Together, they made their home and farmed in the Knapp community before moving to Cosmos in 1938.

In 1943, they returned to Knapp and farmed the Carlen home farm, where they made their home until they retired.

After retirement, Lila and Norman enjoyed spending their winters in Yuma, Ariz.

Lila worked at the Northland Canning Company in Cokato as a cook for many years.

Following the death of Norman, she moved to Cokato, then to the Cokato Apartments, and then Brookridge. Lila became a resident of the Lakeside Health Care Center in Dassel in January 2007, living there until her death.

Lila was a hard worker, picking eggs in the morning at the chicken coop and working in the barn with Norman. She was always proud of her children and grandchildren. Lila enjoyed crocheting, reading, and always had a large garden.

She will deeply be missed by her family and the many friends she leaves behind.

Lila is survived by her children, Harlund (Mary) Carlen of Dassel, Marcye (David) Johnson of Dassel, Bill (Bunny) Carlen of Cokato, Shirley (Gary) Peterson of Cokato, Dennis (Mary) Carlen of Nisswa, and Jim (Linda) Carlen of Howard Lake; 20 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sisters Olive (Cecil) Montgomery of Bloomington, and Audrey Wong of Minnetonka; and sister in law Kelly Hess of Howard Lake; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman; one grandchild in infancy; a sister, Dathel Fasching; a brother, Donald “Pete” Hess; and six siblings in infancy.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel is handling the arrangements.