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Isabella J. Yager, 98

Isabella J. Yager, age 98, of Waverly, passed away Monday, June 17, 2019.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place Tuesday, June 25 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly, followed by interment in the Howard Lake Cemetery.

There will be visitation Monday, June 24 from 4 to 8 p.m., with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly. Visitation will continue Tuesday, from 10 to 10:45 a.m., prior to the Mass.

Pallbearers are Stephen Slater, Jessie Lesmeister, Craig Yager, Peter Jetson, Nathan Arvold, and Josh Arvold.

The Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home, Cokato and Howard Lake, is handling the arrangements.

Isabella was born March 18, 1921, in Bowdoin, MT, to parents Michael and Elizabeth (Fischer) Joa. At the age of 3, Isabella’s family moved to Shotley, MN, and farmed on the shores of Upper Red Lake.

Isabella attended Shotley Brook School, and graduated from Kelliher High School.

She attended college in Minneapolis, and worked there until she was married to Myron Yager at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in 1948. This marriage was blessed with three children.

For 36 years, Myron and Isabella operated a dairy farm north of Waverly.

In retirement, they enjoyed traveling, and wintered in Pharr, TX for 17 years. They then moved to Cokato.

Isabella was an active member of the community and her church. She was a leader with the Marysville Merrymakers 4-H club for 14 years, an American Legion Auxiliary member for 70 years, involved with many community organizations, and a member of a bowling league and card clubs.

Isabella enjoyed gardening, crocheting, embroidery, and puzzles, and was an avid reader. Her family always came first in her life.

Isabella and Myron enjoyed many years of ballroom dancing and playing cards with friends.

Isabella was preceded in death by her husband, Myron, in 2007; an infant son; her parents, Mike and Elizabeth Joa; father and mother-in-law Erwin and Emma Yager; sister Eleanora McCarthy; sisters and brothers-in-law Howard McCarthy, Joyce Yager, Lorraine (Bill) Wood, Gloria Feik (Jack Gausman), and James Fondel; and nephew John Feik.

She is survived by sons Roland (Debra) of Corcoran, and Dennis (Jeannine) of Cross Lake; daughter Sharon (Brian) Arvold of Minneapolis; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Lilly Mae Fondel; nieces, nephews and a host of family and friends.

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