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Ramona A. Birkholz, 67

Ramona Alyce Birkholz, age 67, of Howard Lake, died Sunday, May 24, 2009 at her home after battling lung cancer for one and one-half years.

She was born Feb. 21, 1942, in Cokato to Ervin and Eunice (Munson) Lundeen. Ramona graduated from Cokato High School in 1960.

She married Merrill Birkholz Sept. 1, 1961, at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato. They made their home northwest of Howard Lake on the farm where Merrill grew up.

Ramona worked at many different jobs throughout her life including Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Wright County Human Services, Howard Lake Nursing Home, and at-home care for her uncle, Jerome Munson.

A member of the Assembly of God Church in Cokato, Ramona volunteered her time at the church by being on the lunch committee, teaching Sunday school, and many other ministries.

Ramona enjoyed being with her children and grandchildren, going out to eat with friends, shopping at her favorite places, “Walmart and Sam’s Club;” attending family members’ sporting and music events, annual family camping, and many more.

As a final gift, Ramona has made her body available for research to the University of Minnesota.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Merrill; children Jody (Rick) Selin, Jedd (Traci) Birkholz, Darren Birkholz (Miranda Doering), Jonathan (Kristine) Birkholz, and Daniel (Annie) Birkholz; grandchildren Caleb and Carson Selin, Jillian, Jack, Joshua, and Joseph Birkholz, and Breanna and Brenden Birkholz; a brother, Gary Lundeen of Maple Grove; nieces; nephews; and many other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; twin grandsons; and other close relatives.

The funeral service took place Saturday, May 30 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Cokato.

Visitation was Friday, May 29 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Swanson Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake.

Honorary Pallbearers are her grandchildren: Breanna Birkholz, Caleb Selin, Jillian Birkholz, Carson Selin, Brenden Birkholz, Jack Birkholz, Joseph Birkholz and Joshua Birkholz.

Arrangements were by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake.