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Mildred G. Zander, 86

Mildred Gladys (Haag) Zander, age 86, of Howard Lake, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, at the Cokato Manor.

She was born Aug. 8, 1924, in Howard Lake, the daughter of Charles and Emma Haag. Mildred was baptized and confirmed at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake.

Millie was united in marriage to Bernard Zander Sept. 3, 1943. Their union was blessed with four children.

Millie and Bernie made their home in Howard Lake, where they were members of St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Millie was a homemaker and enjoying cooking, gardening, canning, and baking cookies and coffee cake. She was known for her beautiful roses, which she often shared as gifts to others.

Millie worked at various jobs outside of her home, retiring from a career at Carlson Companies in 1987, after nearly 16 years of service. She kept herself busy in her later years, embroidering pillowcases and dish towels as gifts for those she loved.

She also enjoyed getting together with family and friends to play various games, and was always interested in teaching someone new how to play Farkel.

Since July, Millie has been living at the Cokato Manor, which she came to love as her new home. She was loved by the many who cared for her there and they soon became a part of her “extended family.”

Millie was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Emma; her husband, Bernie; a stillborn son; granddaughter Tatum Rae Zander; son-in-law Leland (Sonny) Pettit; three brothers, Ervin, Howard and Willard Haag; two sisters, Alice Sherer and Clara Herbst Clayton; and several other family members.

She is survived by her children, Doris, Harlan (Jonae), Harvey (Karen), and Arlo (Susan); seven grandchildren, Michelle, Christel, Quay, Corey, Brett, Jenna, and Aliason; 11 great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

The funeral service took place Monday, Nov. 8 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, with interment in the Howard Lake Cemetery.

Visitation was Sunday, Nov. 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.; and continued Monday for one hour prior to the service at the church.

Her grandchildren served as her pallbearers, and her great-grandchildren were honorary pallbearers.

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