Lorraine Aho, 96

Lorraine Aho, age 96, of Cokato, passed away Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, at Heritage Place in Cokato.

She was born March 4, 1922, in Cokato Township, on the farm of her parents, Frank and Jemina (Mattila) Bajari. Lorraine grew up and spent most of her life on the Bajari farm.

She attended rural Ojanpera School, and graduated from Cokato High School in 1940. After high school, Lorraine worked at the Cokato Hospital.

Lorraine married Eino Henry Aho June 3, 1944. Lorraine and Eino first lived near Eino’s home, the farm of Charles and Minnie Aho. After a few years, they moved to Lorraine’s home place, the Bajari farm, when Lorraine’s father, Frank Bajari, was nearing retirement and help was needed.

Lorraine and Eino raised their family on the Bajari farm in Cokato Township.

To this union of 53 years, six children were born. The family still farms the Bajari farm.

Lorraine and Eino retired in 1984, and moved to Cokato. Eino passed away Oct. 13, 1997.

Lorraine enjoyed knitting and quilting. She also liked to travel and spend time at the lake, and was active in her church. Lorraine always welcomed visitors to her home. Faith and family were most important to her.

She is survived by her children: Kenneth (Judy), Susan (Risto) Kiviahde, Charles (Jean), Noella (Randy) Herrala, David (Anna), and Daniel (Sarah); along with 41 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Lorraine Wisuri.

In addition to her husband Eino, Lorraine was preceded in death by a grandchild, Jessica Aho; and brothers and sisters Mamie Keskey, Clarence Bajari, Daisy Bergstrom, Elma Anderson, Esther Baughman, Benard Bajari, Melvin Bajari, Helen Harris, and Elsie Reed.

Her funeral service took place Thursday, Aug. 23 at 11 a.m. at Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church of Cokato, with interment at Cokato Finnish Cemetery.

There was visitation at the church Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m., continuing Thursday one hour prior to the funeral service.

Arrangements were with Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cokato and Howard Lake.

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