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Donald K. Wuollet, 78

Donald Kenneth Wuollet, age 78, of Cokato, died Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, surrounded by his family at home, after battling cancer.

He was born May 25, 1933, at home in Cokato, to Harry and Estella (Lofbach) Wuollet.

 As a young boy, Donald was raised on a farm, and at the age of 18, joined the US Army. He served in the Korean War.

In 1953, Donald married Eva Grangroth in Cokato, and God blessed them with 19 children.

Don and Eva made their first home in Minneapolis, before moving back to their home area of Cokato.

 Donald worked in the construction trade for over 40 years, and retired in 1995.

Don loved his family.

He is survived by his wife, Eva; 18 children (eight boys and 10 girls); Kenneth (Maureen) of New River, AZ, Stanley (Susan) of South Haven, Gloria (Paul) Kotila, Lynn (Bill) Hannus, all of Cokato, David (Stacey) of Champion, MN, Nathan (Anne) of Cokato, Gail (Dale) Gullien of Ranier, OK, Cynthia (Lauri) Aho of Buffalo, Joanne (Greg) Johnson, Carl (Jennifer), all of Dassel, Lana (Doug) Wisuri of Cokato, Peter (Raina) of Phoenix, AZ, Henry (Buffy) of Delano, Martha (Chris) Smith of Glendale, AZ, Mary (Darin) Fredrickson of Phoenix, AZ, Aaron, Anne (Aaron) Ortquist, and Katie (Lars) Keplinger, all of Cokato; 161 grandchildren; and 77 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Tina; his parents; grandparents; and four grandchildren.

 The funeral service took place Monday, Aug. 29 at 11 a.m. at the new Laestadian Lutheran Church of Cokato. Interment was in the Cokato Finnish Cemetery.

Visitation was Sunday, Aug. 28 from 4 to 9 p.m. at the church, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.

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