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Millie Mae Vehanen, 89

Millie Mae (Klawitter) Vehanen, age 89, of Dassel, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, at her residence.

Funeral service will be Monday, Dec. 29 at 11 a.m. at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel.

Visitation was Sunday, Dec. 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel; and continues Monday at the church one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home of Dassel.

Millie was born Dec. 24, 1925, in Hutchinson, the daughter of Herman and Ida (Polchow) Klawitter. She grew up in Hutchinson, and was baptized Jan. 3, 1926, at Zion Lutheran Church in Hutchinson; and confirmed March 17, 1941, at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson.

Millie attended the West Lynn School District 20, and graduated from the Hutchinson High School in 1943.

She was united in marriage to Donald Vehanen March 11, 1945. The couple made their home on Donald’s family farm on the south shore of Swan Lake in rural Dassel, where they farmed and raised their five children.

Millie had also been employed at Fabri-Tek in Cokato, Green Giant Canning in Cokato, and DeKalb Hatchery in Dassel.

An active member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel, Millie was a member of the WELCA organization, quilted, taught Sunday school, and served on the church library board.

She was a foster grandparent at the Dassel Elementary School for many children, and was fondly called “Grandma Millie.” Millie also volunteered at the Dassel Lakeside Nursing Home for several years.

She loved to play cards, and could often be found playing at either the Dassel Historical Center or at Edgewood Gables in Cokato. She enjoyed crocheting and had made many afghans and rugs for family and friends.

Millie also loved reading, gardening, canning, making pickles, baking, cooking, and decorating for holidays and special events. She loved to have family over, and was always proud of her family.

Millie was active with her children and grandchildren’s activities, and would make a cake for her grandchildren and friends to enjoy. She liked getting together for a cup of coffee, and always would make Swedish egg coffee at home.

Millie will be missed by her family and her many friends.

She is survived by her children, Patsy (John) Isaacson of Dassel, Kerry Sustak of Kennesaw, GA, Wendy Vehanen of Waukesha, WI, Becky (Steve) Nelson, and Jerome Vehanen, all of Dassel; eight grandchildren, Sarah Graham, Susan Isaacson Zimney, Christine Schott, David Isaacson, Adam Sustak, Nicholas Nelson, Erin Kamm, and Ashley Olson; 12 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Eleanor (Leonard) Kaminsky of Hutchinson.

Millie was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; parents, Herman and Ida Klawitter; two brothers, Oliver and Ronald Klawitter; and two sisters, Esther Harms of Glencoe, and Gertrude Krook of New Brighton.

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