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Edwin Elmer Tormanen

Edwin Elmer Tormanen, age 88, of Cokato, died Wednesday, July 30, 2008, at the Cokato Manor.

Edwin was born to Hjilmer and Mary (Rokala) Tormanen Jan. 9, 1920, in French Lake Township, Wright County. He grew up in the Cokato area and attended grade school. At the age of 16, Edwin left home to help at several different farms.

He was inducted into the US Army during World War II, in May of 1942. He served in an infantry regiment in several different bases in the United States. In 1944, Edwin was shipped overseas to the Rhineland Central Europe war zone as a supply clerk. He was honorably discharged in January 1946.

Edwin was united in marriage to Ellen Aho at the Cokato Apostolic Church April 12, 1947. The couple made their home in Minneapolis and Chaska, returning to Cokato in July 1952, where they have lived ever since.

Edwin and Ellen farmed for 13 years, then moved into the city of Cokato in 1965. Edwin worked at several jobs in the Cokato area, and retired in 1982.

Edwin is survived by his wife, Ellen; a special family, Joe and Sandy Koivisto and their children, who he has been “Pappa” to for over 30 years; two sisters, Eva Rukes of Minneapolis, and Mary Ann (Richard) Pierson of Aitkin; three brothers, Raymond (Agnes) of Clovis, Calif., Carl of Delano, and Daniel (Arlene) of Minneapolis; many brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws; nieces and nephews; other relatives; and a host of Christian brothers and sisters in faith.

The funeral service took place Saturday, Aug. 2 at 11 a.m. at First Apostolic Lutheran Church of Dassel, with Pastor Mark Koivisto officiating. Music was provided by Diane Grangroth. Interment followed in the Cokato Finnish Cemetery.

Visitation was Friday, Aug. 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Swanson Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.

Casket bearers were Randy Jarvi, Todd Jarvi, Lew Erickson, Dean Tormanen, Greg Tormanen, and Tim Kalstad.

The Swanson Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato handled the arrangements.