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Mildred E. Raisanen, 82

Mildred E. (Halonen) Raisanen, age 82, of Cokato, passed away peacefully Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

She was born Jan. 22, 1931, in Hazelton, ND, to Charles and Tyyne Halonen. Millie spent her childhood years in the Dakotas, until the family moved to Minnesota, where she graduated from White Bear Lake High School.

She was confirmed as a youth in the Christian faith at the Laestadian Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.

Millie met Paul Raisanen in late 1952, and they were married in September 1953 in Minneapolis. They farmed in the West Albion area for a few years, before moving to a farm north of Cokato in 1957.

There, they farmed and raised their children until retirement in 1990. At that time, Millie and Paul moved to the town of Cokato, where they spent their golden years.

Millie is survived by her husband, Paul; children Randall (Sheryle Sturos), Warren (Brita Bekkala), and Susan, all of Arizona; Joan (Mark Kotila), Mary (George Koivukangas), Gordon (Ruth Hannus), Kenneth (Pearl Phillips), Bruce (Patricia Johnson), Carolyn Mattila, Heidi (Larry Torola), Dwight, Laura (Evan Bekkala), and Philip, all of Minnesota; and Gretchen (Mark Plough), and Kirsti (Nick Lang), all of Washington; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; and several sisters and brothers.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepmother; two brothers; a sister; a son-in-law; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral services took place Tuesday, Feb. 19 at the Cokato Laestadian Lutheran Church, followed by interment at the Cokato Finnish Cemetery.

Arrangements were by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato, www.swansonpeterson.com.