Marion E. Hempel, age 89, of Cokato, died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009.
She was born Dec. 9, 1920, in Newburg, ND to Olaf and Lura Swanstrom. At the age of 7, Marion and her family moved to Aurelia, ND.
Marion graduated from Donnybrook High School. She was confirmed in the Moravian Church in Aurelia, ND in 1934.
Marion was united in marriage to Vernon Hempel Nov. 3, 1940, at the Cokato Evangelical Lutheran Church, She joined the church, and had been a member there for about 69 years.
Marion was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon May 17, 1982; her son, Gerald Hempel; her father Olaf and mother Lura; brothers Donald, Carl, Stanley, George and Lynn Swanstrom; and sister Doris Ogaard.
She is survived by daughter Cheryl and son-in-law Wayne Lund of Cottage Grove; daughter-in-law Carol Hempel of Clinton, AK; five grandchildren: Todd (Kim) Hempel, Christopher Hempel, Jayne (Frankie) Frazier, Tanya (Bob) Suchomel, and Thor Lund; great- grandchildren Nicole Wellumson, Derrick Hempel, Brittany Hempel, and Tyler and Alissa Suchomel; and great-great-grandchildren James, Angelina and Whitney Wellumson, and Aubrey Hempel.
Marion will be remembered as a caring wife, loving mother of two children, and loving grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved to laugh and have fun, and she touched many people with her love, joy and friendship. She was well-loved and will be greatly missed.
The funeral service was Friday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. at Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato, with interment in the church cemetery.
Visitation was Thursday, Dec. 17 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato, and continued Friday for one hour prior to the service at the church.
Pallbearers were Todd Hempel, Thor Lund, Robert Suchomel, Tanya Suchomel. Brittany Hempel, and Nicole Wellumson.
Honorary pallbearers were Don Janckila, Gary Janckila, Darrel Janckila, Marlyn Hempel, Monty Hillmeyer, and Robin Hillmeyer.
The Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato handled the arrangements.