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Mary A. Polzin, 67

Mary Anne Polzin, age 67, of Ramsey, passed away suddenly Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011.

She was born June 2, 1944, at the Cokato Hospital, to Kenneth and Marian (Hultgren) Pearson. Mary grew up on a farm in Knapp (Cokato Township) and was baptized and confirmed at the North Crow River Lutheran Church.

She graduated from Cokato High School in 1962. After high school, she attended Mankato State University, and then dental assistant school.

Mary wed Wallace Polzin Aug. 23, 1964 at the North Crow River Lutheran Church with Rev. Olson officiating. Wallace was in the Air Force at the time, and the couple first lived in Tampa, FL, and later West Berlin, Germany.

After serving four years in the military, Mary and Wallace settled in Coon Rapids, and later moved to Ramsey.

Mary worked as a dental assistant for a short time, and later worked as a home health aide in Anoka County, before retiring.

She was heavily involved in her church, St. John’s Lutheran of Elk River.

Mary enjoyed music and singing, was an active gardener, and raised chickens. She loved playing Bunko, was active in the Anoka food shelf, and very much enjoyed her Swedish heritage. An avid Twins baseball and Gopher football fan, watching her grandchildren’s events was by far Mary’s favorite pastime. Most of all, she loved her family.

Mary is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Wallace; her children, Jeff (Tiffany) Polzin of Otsego, and Doug (Tracy) Polzin of Oak Grove; grandchildren Jon and Lauren; sisters Rochelle (Elmer) Lalim of Richfield, and Margaret (David) Allen of Lakeville; and an aunt, Joyce Nelson of Mankato.

She was preceded in death by a son, Gregory.

The funeral service took place Monday, Jan. 2 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Elk River, followed by interment at North Crow River Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural Cokato.

Visitation was Sunday, Jan. 1 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the church.

The Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato assisted with arrangements.