Genevieve Myllykangas, age 75, of Litchfield, formerly of Hutchinson, Darwin, and Kingston, died Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, at the Emmanuel Home in Litchfield.
Genevieve was born Nov. 27, 1934, in Litchfield, the daughter of Emery and Ethel (Robertson) Bergquist. She grew up in the Kingston area, and graduated from the Kimball High School in 1952.
Genevieve was confirmed Jan. 2, 1949, at the Lake Union Covenant Church, and was presently a member of the All Saints Lutheran Church in Darwin.
She was united in marriage to Robert Myllykangas at the Apostolic Lutheran Church in Kingston. They made their home in the Kingston area before moving to Darwin, Hutchinson, and finally settling in Litchfield for the past six months.
Genevieve enjoyed traveling with Bob, spending time in Texas and wintering in Arizona for several years. She loved to spend time reading cookbooks and baking, and thoroughly enjoyed spending the holidays with her family and taking care of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be deeply missed by her family and her friends.
She is survived by her husband, Robert of Litchfield; children John (Jill) Myllykangas of Hutchinson, Peggy (Steve) Johnson of Litchfield, and Richard (Tammy) Myllykangas of Hutchinson; 10 grandchildren, Shane Retzlaff, Jetta May, Jacob Blake, Chad Blake, Bobby Blake, Stephanie Johnson, Joshua Johnson, Teri Vandesteeg, Tina Myllykangas, and Nathan Myllykangas; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Genevieve was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Lillian; brother-in-law Gordon Myllykangas; and sister-in-law Vera Myllykangas.
A memorial service took place Thursday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel with the Rev. John Peterson officiating. Harvey Peterson was the organist. The soloist, Sheldon Hedin sang “In The Garden” and “On Eagles’ Wings.” Congregational hymns were “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art.” Interment of the urn will take place in the spring at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Ripley in Little Falls.
A time to gather with family and friends took place Wednesday evening, Feb. 24 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, and continued Thursday for one hour prior to the service at the church.
Honorary bearers were Genevieve’s grandsons Shane Retzlaff, Jacob Blake, Chad Blake, Bobby Blake, Nathan Myllykangas, and Joshua Johnson.
Arrangements were by the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.