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Orda M. Pool, 76

Orda Mabel Pool, age 76, of Howard Lake, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at her home.

There will be visitation Tuesday, Dec. 29 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake.

Orda was born May 7, 1936, in Granite Falls, to Ole and Alvina (Just) Engebretson. She grew up in Granite Falls, and then moved to Mound, where she graduated from high school in 1954.

Orda married Donald Pool Aug. 5, 1955, in Mound. To this union, five children were born. The family lived in Delano, Lyndale, Mound, and finally Howard Lake.

Right after high school, Orda started working for Tonka Toys. She stayed there many years, until the company left Mound in 1983. She then went to work for CTS Able com.

In her spare time, Orda enjoyed reading and her family.

She is survived by her children, Ed, Ken, both of Howard Lake, Connie, and Rick, both of Dassel; grandchildren Amy, Adam, Justin, Barry, and John; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Gretchen, of Watkins.

Orda was preceded in death by her parents, Ole and Alvina; ex-husband Donald; a son, Randy; a brother, Ole; and a half-sister, Blanch.

The Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake handled the arrangements; www.swansonpeterson.com.