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Myrtle B. Luhman, 82

Myrtle Bernice (Rudquist) Luhman, age 82, of Howard Lake, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at Waconia Ridgeview Hospital.

She was born June 13, 1930, in Cokato Township, to Hjalmar and Helen (Peterson) Rudquist. Myrtle was baptized July 20, 1930, by the Rev. A.F. Seastrand at the North Crow River Lutheran Church at Knapp, and was confirmed in her faith May 19, 1946, by the Rev. Phillip Leaf at the same.

She attended school in Cokato. and graduated from Cokato High School in 1948. Myrtle then attended nursing classes at the Hutchinson Community Hospital, became a certified nurse, and worked there for two years.

Myrtle married Hubert Bernard Luhman Sept. 16, 1950, at the North Crow River Lutheran Church. They were wed by the Rev. Arthur Edstrom, and were married 52 years before Hubert passed away Feb. 13, 2003. To this union, a son, Michael, was born Aug. 24, 1951.

Myrtle started working at Tonka Toys in Mound in 1955, as a press operator and was employed there for 30 years. Later on, she worked at the Howard Lake Care Center as a certified nurse for seven years, and retired in 1992.

She enjoyed gardening with her husband, Hubert, and taking care of flowers. Myrtle loved to bake, can, and go on trips. She also loved to play the organ, and helped at funerals and dinners at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake.

She is survived by her son, Michael (Frances), of Howard Lake; sisters Minnie Ackerblade, Vera Sandberg, and Deloris Kerola; a brother-in-law; and sisters-in-law.

In addition to her husband, Hubert, Myrtle was preceded in death by her parents, Hjalmar and Helen; sisters Gladys Pettit, and Dorothy Johnson; and a brother, Melvin Rudquist.

Funeral services took place Monday, Sept. 10 at 2 p.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, followed by interment at St. James Lutheran Cemetery on Dutch Lake.

Visitation was Sunday, Sept. 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.; and continued Monday one hour prior to the service at the church.

The Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake handled the arrangements.