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Michael J. Thomsen, 56

Michael J. Thomsen, age 56, of Harrisburg, PA, formerly of Cokato, died Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 at Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA after a short, but hard-fought battle with leukemia.

A memorial service will take place Saturday, Sept. 17 at 11 a.m. at New Life Assembly of God Church in Cokato.

There will be visitation at the church prior to the service, from 10 to 11 a.m.

Mike was born in Minneapolis, the son of Darlene (Mitchell) Larson of Cokato and the late James Thomsen. He was baptized as an infant, and confirmed in his faith as a youth.

Mike graduated from Dassel-Cokato High School in 1977, and furthered his education at Thompson Institute in Harrisburg, PA, graduating with a degree in IT in 1999. He worked as a technical specialist for many years until his death.

Mike was united in marriage to Irene (Rene) Wilson Nov. 21, 2009. He and Rene enjoyed over 24 years together as a couple.

As a teenager, Mike spent a lot of time at the Cokato Roller Rink roller-skating and doing tricks. He also enjoyed working on cars and talking on his CB radio, where he was known as “Sundown.”

Very much a “techie,” Mike enjoyed his electronic toys very much. He was rarely seen without a Bluetooth headset in his ear. He and Rene enjoyed camping and traveling, both together and with the rest of their family.

The biggest light of Mike’s life was his grandchildren, Aden and Sierra. He loved being a grandpa, and the grandchildren loved being with him just as much.

Mike was a member of the NRA, and the New Hope Brethren in Christ Church.

He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Robert Larson; father James Thomsen; and brother Patrick Thomsen.

Mike is survived by his loving wife, Irene Thomsen of Harrisburg, PA; mother Darlene Larson of Cokato; daughters Jennifer Rodkey and Elizabeth Smith, both of Harrisburg, PA; son Steve Reller of Omaha, NE; and grandchildren Aden and Sierra Rodkey of Harrisburg, PA.

He is further survived by sister, Michelle Thomsen of Cokato; brother Jeffrey (Shyla) Thomsen of Mesa, AZ; sister Denise (Gregg) Rosenau of Cokato; brother Scott (Carrie) Thomas of Willmar; sisters Peggy and Penny Thomsen, both of Minneapolis; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.

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