Anna M. Cook

Thursday, April 14, 2016 5:40 pm

Anna M. Cook, 81, of Mabel, Minn., passed on to meet the Lord Monday, April 11, 2016, of complications from a massive stroke while at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. A funeral Mass is at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 18, at St. Olaf Catholic Church in Mabel, with Father Joe Hennen officiating. Burial is in the Calvary Cemetery in Canton, Minn. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m Sunday, April 17, at the St. Olaf Catholic Church and one hour prior to services at the church. The Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Sunday at the church.

Anna was born July 28, 1934, in Fort Atkinson, to Martin and  Stella (Novotny) Riha. She graduated from the Fort Atkinson High School. She married Linus Wenthold. They later divorced. She married Orval Cook April 26, 1985. Orval later died, Jan. 26, 2008. She had worked at Control Data in Spring Grove, The Countryside Inn, Skyline Supper Club, McCabe’s Supper Club, the Hitching Post and Carlson Materials.  She was a member of the St. Olaf Catholic Church in Mabel and formerly a member of the Catholic Workman’s club in Spillville. She enjoyed playing BINGO, scratching lottery tickets, playing word find and crossword puzzles, baking cinnamon rolls, donuts and Kolaches, and spending winters in Arizona with Orval.

Anna is survived by four children: DeWayne (Jeanette) Wenthold of Kalispell, Mont., Cathy Peterson of Mabel, Diane Wilder of Mabel, and Sandra (Dan) Miller of Port Angeles, Wash.; seven step-children: David (Sharon) Cook of Oelwein, Dawn (Randy) Teslow of Ossian, Darrell Cook of Farmington, Minn., Darwin “Darby” (Diane) Cook of Ossian, Denise Shindelar of Chester, Darla (Kevin) Wenthold of Ossian, and Darcy (Mike) Powers of Decorah; grandchildren: Whitney Wenthold, Jim Peterson, Bethany (Nick) Moen, Nicole (Tyler) Jensen and Adam (Heather) Wilder; great grandchildren: Tysen and Ryland Moen, Kenley and Madelyn Jensen, and Grayson and Tyten Wilder; 25 step-grandchildren; 31 step-great grandchildren; a brother, Donald (Rosie) Riha of Fort Atkinson; two sisters, Agnes Schmitt of West Union, and Marcie Schneberger of Fort Atkinson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Orval; a son-in-law, Augie Shindelar; a brother-in-law Arthur Schmitt and Leroy Schneberger; and a sister-in-law Rosie Riha.

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