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Beatrice J. Lehtola, 87

Beatrice Jean Lehtola, age 87, of Cokato, formerly of Annandale, died Sunday, May, 29 2011, at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

She was born Nov. 25, 1923, in French Lake, the daughter of Charles and Elvira Leinonen.

Beatrice was baptized and confirmed at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in French Lake, and attended Myrback school. She went on to graduate from Annandale High School.

Beatrice married Ernest Lehtola, and resided in Cokato.

She worked at REA Electric in Maple Lake from 1960-1988.After retiring she worked at Cokato Manor until the age of 87.

Beatrice loved gardening, canning, and entertaining. She also enjoyed cutting carpet rags and sewing them, doing paint-by-numbers, and playing Muggins. You could also find her doing crossword puzzles and spending much of her day reading her Bible.

Beatrice’s smile, jokes, and laughter will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a daughter, Yvonne; brothers Howard, Walter, and Arnie; sisters Hanna, Hazel, and Mary; and nephew Tim.

Beatrice is survived by sons Charles (Sharon) Lehtola, and Randy Lehtola, all of Howard Lake; daughter Jeanne (Randy) Morris of Bloomington; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Helen Kangas of Annandale; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service took place Friday, June 3 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Annandale.

Arrangements were by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.