Helga McKinley, 79

Helga Christa McKinley, age 79, of Cokato, went to be with the Lord Sunday, April 12, 2015, surrounded by her family at home, after a brief battle with cancer.

She was born April 22, 1935, in Selisia, Germany, to Alfred and Emelia (Roesner) Haasler.

Helga was raised in Germany, and united in marriage to Lyle McKinley Oct. 3, 1958, in Germany. This union was blessed with the birth of six children.

In 1959, following Lyle’s discharge from the US Army, they made their home in Minnesota.

Helga enjoyed cooking for her family and friends, and spending time with them.

She was an active member of Stockholm Lutheran Church.

Helga was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son Lynn A.; and brother Herbert.

She is survived by her children, Christina Linquist of Chanhassen, Frank (Anne) McKinley of Dassel, Fred McKinley of Delano, Barbie Kuntz, and Laura (Joe) Koopman, all of Cokato; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters Christa Langner, and Barbel (Hans) Poschinger, all of Germany, sister in-law Karen (Ron) Anderson of New Mexico; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service took place Thursday, April 16 at 2 p.m. at Stockholm Lutheran Church of Cokato, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements were with Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cokato; www.swansonpeterson.com.

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