Mildred M. Haapala, 91

Mildred Mavis Haapala, 91, of Hopkins, formerly of Cokato, passed away Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, at Golden Living Center of Hopkins.

She was born Jan. 29, 1924, in Cokato, the daughter of Otto and Minnie (Pinkert) Evers. Mildred grew up in Cokato.

In 1947, she married James J. Haapala. The couple lived in town until 1952, when they moved to a farm north of town, residing on the farm until 1969, when they moved back into town.

Millie helped her husband for many years on the farm. Over the years, she also worked at Richwell Industries, Tonka Toys, and retired from Dura Supreme in 1991. From 1991 until 2001, she worked as a cook at the Cokato Elementary School.

Other activities Millie enjoyed were sewing and gardening.

She is survived by her daughter, Jean (Dave Carlson) Zander; son Bob (Deanna Mueller) Haapala; grandchildren Michelle (Terry) Harris, and Breanne Haapala; great-granddaughters Calleigh and Brooke Harris; a sister, Pearl Ceske; and many other relatives and friends.

Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, James; parents Otto and Minnie Evers; brothers Ernest Evers and Carl Evers; and sister Esther Beckala.

The funeral service took place Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 11 a.m. at North Crow River Lutheran Church (north of Cokato). Interment was at Our Saviours Lutheran Cemetery of French Lake.

Visitation took place Tuesday, Feb. 10 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato.

Arrangements were handled by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Cokato.

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