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Mildred M. Morris, 89

Mildred Martha Morris, age 89, Cokato, died Friday, April 1, 2011, at Providence Place Center in Minneapolis.

She was born March 10, 1922, in Dassel, to Charles and Hilda (Harkanen) Tormanen.

Mildred grew up north of Dassel on a farm near Big Swan Lake, and attended Big Swan Country School through eighth grade. She graduated from Litchfield High School in 1941.

Mildred was united in marriage to Alger Morris July 29, 1944. They lived the first few years in Dassel, and from there, farmed by Knapp, then Howard Lake, and West Albion. They moved to Cokato in 1963.

Mildred was a homemaker during her married life and helped out at the family grocery store. She enjoyed baking and spending time with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alger; her parents, Charles and Hilda Tormanen; seven sisters; four brothers; one grandson; and one great-grandson.

Mildred is survived by 10 children: Myron (Laurie) of South Haven, Judy Hill (Calvin) of Plymouth, Jayne Holker (John) of Osseo, Kathy Kesti (David) of Cloquet, Shirley Strohschein (Bruce) of Shakopee, Cynthia of Edina, Vicky Janckila (Gary) of Cokato, Carolyn Compton (Kevin) of Darwin, Mary Piepgras (David), Bradley (Ruth Ann), all of Cokato; 41 grandchildren; and 50 great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by two sisters, Dorothy Raisanen and Lorraine (Robert) Torola; sister-in-law Hilda Jo Tormanen; brother-in-law Carl (Nora) Morris; and sister-in-law Elizabeth (Marvin) Johnson; along with a host of relatives, friends, and brothers and sisters in faith.

The funeral service took place Wednesday, April 6 at 11 a.m. at First Apostolic Lutheran Church of Dassel.

Visitation was Tuesday, April 5 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church.

Arrangements were handled by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.