Mary R. Leukuma, 90

Mary Ruth (Olson) Leukuma, age 90, of Dassel, died Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, at the Cokato Manor.

She was born Feb. 26, 1929, in Stockholm Township, Wright County, the daughter of Ludvig and Louise (Opsahl) Olson.

Mary was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith, and was presently a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel.

She attended country school near her home, before attending Dassel High School, graduating in 1949.

Mary was united in marriage to Alvin Leukuma June 25, 1949, at the North Crow River Lutheran Church in Knapp.

In 1951, they moved to a farm north of Dassel, overlooking Big Swan Lake. Together, they farmed and raised their two sons, Larry and Bret.

Alvin and Mary celebrated 54 years of marriage before Alvin’s death Jan. 24, 2004.

Mary worked at the Cokato Hatchery in her early days. She later was employed as a nurse’s aide at both the Cokato Manor, and the Lakeside Health Care Center in Dassel.

Mary loved the country Life. She was a fantastic cook, making her Norwegian and Swedish heritage favorites like lutefisk, potato sausage, and Swedish meatballs. She loved her vegetable gardens and her flower garden. Mary could swing a mean broom when the livestock would get out and raid her gardens.

In 1994, Mary and Alvin built their dream home on the hill overlooking Big Swan Lake.

Mary loved all kinds of wildlife, watching birds at her feeders, pheasants, turkeys, and especially white-tail deer. She also loved her yellow Labrador retriever, named “Jake.”

Mary’s family and friends were very important to her.

In 2014, Mary faced struggles with dementia, which cause a move to the Heritage Place in Cokato. Following a series of strokes in November, she moved into the Cokato Manor until her passing.

Mary is survived by her sons, Larry Leukuma of Willmar, and Bret Leukuma of Dassel; two grandchildren, Danielle and Karry Jo; a sister, Deloris Spalding of Anderson, CA; a brother, Phillip Olson of Dassel; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

In addition to her husband, Alvin in 2004, she was preceded in death by her parents; and siblings, Ruben Olson, Carl Olson, and Phyllis Moliter.

Mary’s funeral service took place Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 11 a.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel, with Pastor Darren Olson officiating. There was visitation at the church one hour prior to the service.

Interment was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020.

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