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Louise A. Hechsel, 100

Louise Alice Hechsel, age 100, of Cokato, formerly of Howard Lake, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, at the Cokato Manor.

She was born Aug. 18, 1909, in New Prague, the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Fettinger) Speigner. Louise was baptized by the Rev. R. Gruber at the Lutheran church in New Prague, and later, confirmed by the Rev. Theo. Rolf at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany.

Louise was married to Theodore (Ted) Hechsel Sept. 11, 1929, at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany, by the Rev. Theo. Rolf. Their marriage was blessed with two children.

Louise and Ted made their home and their living on a farm south of Howard Lake. Louise loved to garden, and enjoyed keeping the whole yard beautiful with her various plantings and rows of zinnia flowers.

It was a special occasion when she and Ted could get away up north for a couple of days. Spending time with her grandchildren was also very important to Louise.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Elizabeth Speigner; husband Theodore; sisters Hannah Vollrath, Bertha Heldt, and Thresa Wedekind; and brothers John Speigner and August Speigner.

Louise is survived by a son, Arnold (Erma) Hechsel; a daughter, Ruth (Martin) Latzig; grandchildren Diane (Glen) Johnson, LaNette (Terry) Thorson, Susan (Robert) Moritz, Wendy (Jason) Mapes, Jeffrey Hechsel, Randy (Julie) Latzig, and Laurie (Dennis) Larson; 14 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and a host of family and friends.

A celebration of Louise’s life took place Monday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake with the Revs. Martin Schoenfeld and Michael Nirva officiating. Louise’s granddaughter, Diane Johnson served as organist, and special music was provided by her great-grandchildren, Tom and Tara Johnson. Interment was at the Howard Lake Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers were Glen Johnson, Terry Thorson, Robert Moritz, Jason Mapes, Jeffrey Hechsel, and Randy Latzig.

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