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Hazel Kotila, 87
Hazel Esther Beatrice Kotila, age 87, of Cokato, died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.

The funeral service will take place Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 11 a.m. at North Crow River Lutheran Church, rural Cokato, with visitation for one hour prior to the service, and interment in the church cemetery.

Hazel was born Jan. 26, 1922, in Annandale, to Frank and May (Fieldseth) Gunderson. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Annandale.

Hazel attended the eight grades at a country school, and graduated from the Annandale High School in 1940. She also attended a business college in St. Cloud.

Hazel was employed at a café in Cokato until she met Alvin Kotila, and they were married Jan. 26, 1943, at Mount Hermon Lutheran Church, rural Annandale.

Alvin and Hazel lived and farmed north of Cokato. Later, they purchased a home in Coon Rapids, where Alvin became a gunsmith, and Hazel worked at the Unisys Corporation.

In 1976, they purchased the Kotila farm north of Cokato and there, Alvin continued his trade.

Hazel was a member of North Crow River Lutheran Church in Knapp, where she soon joined in their Bible studies.

She was an avid worker with her hands and knitted and crocheted many afghans and baby shawls for gifts. She continued to make dish cloths and pillow tops almost to the very end.

Hazel lived on the farm until she was stricken with a stroke in 2007. She has since been residing at the Cokato Manor to receive care.

Hazel was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin; parents; sisters Dorothy and Doloris Gunderson and Marjorie Lueders; brothers Walter and Richard Gunderson; brother-in-law Ervin Lueders; and sister-in-law Ethilda Gunderson.

She is survived by several family members and many friends.

Arrangements are by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.