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Lester Strohschein, 92

Lester Fred Charley Strohschein, age 92, of Howard Lake, died peacefully, surrounded by family, Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted.

He was born Sept. 2, 1926, in Lydia (Scott County), MN, to Arthur H. and Martha (Rotsolk) Strohschein.

Along with his twin brother, Lawrence Strohschein, he was baptized at Immanual Lutheran Church in Fish Lake, MN, in 1926; and was confirmed in his faith March 17, 1940, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Watertown.

Lester entered the Navy Aug. 31, 1944, and was honorably discharged July 21, 1946.

Following his service, he attended Dunwoody Institute in the cabinetry program. Lester worked for ABC Cabinetry, and also for Goebel Fixture Company in Hutchinson for 35 years, retiring March 22, 1989. He also made many kitchen cabinets for local people in the Howard Lake area.

Lester married Darlene Rannow Sept. 16, 1951. Their marriage of 68 years was blessed with two children, Denton and Jody.

Lester enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Camping, deer hunting, and taking his young grandsons fishing were a great joy for him. Every year for Christmas he brought a “new toy” made of wood – not just three, but a total of six.

Playing cards was always a highlight – you never knew who would be cheating the most. He also filled his time with jigsaw puzzles and craft sales. He and Darlene spent a few months in Arizona in the winter to get away from the cold.

Lester was a member of, and served as an elder at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. A carpenter by trade, he helped with many projects in and around the church building – including the communion rails, pledge card box, the guest book podium, and the sign in front of the church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Martha Strohschein; brothers-in-law Jim Ryan, Myrle Wagner, and Earl Wagner; and niece Pam Strohschein.

Lester is survived by his wife, Darlene; children Denton (Janice) and Jody; twin brother Lawrence (Gladys); sister Mildred (Jim) Ryan; sisters-in-law Arlene (Earl) Wagner and Hildegard (Myrle) Wagner; three grandsons; nieces; nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services took place Friday, Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, with interment at the Howard Lake Cemetery.

There was visitation Thursday, Feb. 21 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation continued Friday at the church, one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements were with Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Howard Lake.

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