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Phyllis June Terning, 78

Phyllis June Terning, age 78, of Cokato, was embraced into the loving arms of God Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, at Hutchinson Community Hospital.

She was born Oct. 10, 1932, at home on the farm in Collinwood Township of Meeker County, to Ernest and Pearl (Peterson) Forsberg. Phyllis was baptized and confirmed at the Stockholm Lutheran Church.

She attended grades one through eight at Collins School, and graduated from Dassel High School in 1950.

After high school, Phyllis went to Minneapolis and worked at Boos Dental Lab as a secretary, and at the Dayton’s Warehouse office.

Phyllis married Marlin Henry Terning March 21, 1953, at the Stockholm Lutheran Church. The couple made their home in Stockholm Township, where they raised their six children, and Marlin owned and operated Terning Electric.

Phyllis was active in her church, having sung in the church choir, taught Sunday school, and serving in various groups and committees.

She enjoyed garage sales, flowers and birds, and also Tucson’s mountains and sunsets.

Phyllis was a member of the Cokato American Legion Auxiliary, the Cokato Historical Society, and the camera club.

Most important, however, was her family. Phyllis devoted herself to being a good wife, and mother, and in later years, a wonderful grandmother and great-grandmother.

She will be sadly missed by her children: Marlis (John) Warner, Greg, Ronelle (Tim) Lundeen, all of Cokato, Kevin (Bonnie) of Maynard, Todd (Laurie) of Litchfield, and Gretchen (Eric) Sandquist of Cokato; 32 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Nancy (Rollie) Severson; and brothers Maynard Forsberg, and Dennis (Mary) Forsberg.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Pearl; husband Marlin; and grandson Eric Lundeen.

The funeral service took place Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. at Stockholm Lutheran Church, with interment in the church cemetery.

Visitation was Tuesday, Oct. 4 from 4 to 9 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.; and continued Wednesday one hour prior to the service at the church.

The Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato handled the arrangements.