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Funeral notice: Whitney M. Nelson, age 24, of Buffalo, formerly of Cokato

Whitney Marie (Grangroth) Nelson, age 24, of Buffalo, formerly of Cokato, passed away recently. Visitation will take place at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 8, a funeral will be at 11 a.m., Monday, March 8; both will take place at Highland Community Church, 13800 US Hwy. 12 SW, in Cokato. Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cokato is serving the family,

Funeral notice: Valtimere LePage, age 82, of Waverly

Valtimere “Val” “Pooch” LePage, age 82 of Waverly, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by wife and family Feb. 27, 2021. A visitation will take place Thursday, March 4, from 4 to 8 p.m. at The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted. A Mass of Christian burial  will take place Friday, March 5 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. A celebration of life will take place at a later date. The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to

Funeral notice: Richard Meyer, age 89, of Maple Plain

Richard “Dick” Meyer, age 89, of Maple Plain, passed away Sunday, Feb. 28 in his home. A funeral service will take place Saturday, March 6 at 1:45 p.m. at the St. Peter Campus, Church of St. Maximillian Kolbe in Delano. Visitation will take place Friday, March 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. and continues Saturday, March 6, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. – all at the Iten Funeral Home in Delano. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Delano.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Paula Field Memorial Scholarship c/o Church of St. Maximilian Kolbe, PO Box 470, Delano, MN 55328. Arrangements are by the Iten Funeral Home of Delano.

Funeral notice: Barbara Splettstoeszer, age 85, of Mayer

Barbara J. Splettstoeszer, age 85, of Mayer, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, at New Perspective in Waconia. A private family funeral service, by invitation only, will take place Saturday, March 6 at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer.  Public visitation will take place from 9 until 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 6, also at the church.  Interment at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Mayer.

Funeral notice: Gary G. Stoeckmann, age 73, of Cokato

Gary Gene Stoeckmann, age 73, of Cokato, passed away at the Buffalo Hospital Feb. 24, 2021. There will be a memorial service at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 6 at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato. COVID-19 precautions will be observed (face coverings must be worn, social distancing will be observed).

Funeral notice: James Spellum, age 72, formerly of Lafayette and Lester Prairie

James “Red” Theodore Spellum, formerly of Lafayette and Lester Prairie, age 72, passed away Monday, Feb. 22, in Luverne, MN. A funeral service took place Friday, Feb. 26, at First Lutheran Church in Lafayette, with burial in the New Ulm City Cemetery, Soldier’s Rest Section with full military honors being provided by the New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor Honor Guard.