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Pearl F. Hermann, 96

Pearl Florence Hermann, age 96, of Litchfield, formerly of Cokato and French Lake, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, at Emmanuel Home in Litchfield.

Services will take place Monday, Dec. 7 at 11 a.m. at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato with the Rev. Tim Wheatley officiating. There will be a time of gathering one hour prior to the services at the church. Music will be provided by Karen Anderson and Roger Klinghagen, chaplain at Emmanuel Home. Interment will be at Cokato Finnish Cemetery.

The Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Cokato is handling the arrangements; www.swansonpeterson.com.

Pearl was born April 24, 1919, in Cokato Township, the daughter of Hjalmer and Lydia (Jacobson) Salmela.

She attended Dewey School, and graduated from Cokato High School in 1938.

Pearl married Bert Hultgren Oct. 12, 1940. To this union, two children, Craig and Karen, were born.

She married Fred Hermann July 6, 1963, at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo. The couple lived in Buffalo, at Lake Francis in French Lake Township, and in Cokato, before moving in 1989 to Litchfield. In 1997, they moved to Emmaus Place in Litchfield.

Pearl moved to Emmanuel Home in June 2014.

She was baptized and confirmed at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church of French Lake. A member of Cokato Evangelical Lutheran Church, Pearl was an active member of the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (WELCA) when she lived in Buffalo and Cokato.

She was also a member of the Cokato Historical Society and the Cokato Finnish American Historical Society.

Pearl loved spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed Bible study, crafts, quilting, gardening, jigsaw puzzles, and volunteer work.

Pearl and Fred traveled extensively throughout the US and Canada, and enjoyed a memorable trip to Denmark in 1978. They spent 17 winters in Alamo, TX.

Pearl is survived by her daughter, Karen (David) Christofferson of South Haven; daughter-in-law, Judy Hultgren of Superior, WI; seven grandsons, Scott (Rhoda) Hultgren, Christopher (Deirdre) Hultgren, Patrick (Kim) Hultgren, Douglas (Heather) Hultgren, Chad (Alecia) Hultgren, Bruce (Lisa) Christofferson, and Brian (Julie) Christofferson; and 15 great-grandchildren, Lexi, Olivia, Carver, Connor, Walker, Rachel, Kayla, Amelia, Jameson, George, Zachary, Will, Lela Pearl, Greta and Ian.

She is further survived by a sister, Agnes Tormanen of California; a brother, Chester “Chet” (Jeanne) Salmela of Wisconsin; and many nieces and nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Pearl was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Fred, in 2014; son, Craig Hultgren, in 2005; and six siblings and their spouses, Alma (George) Isaacson, Peggy (Bill) Nelson, Hazel (Gary) Haerle, Harry (Eleanor) Salmela, Archie (Pauline) Salmela, Bernice (Chuck) Lindell, and brother-in-law, Ray Tormanen.

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