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Ralph Raino Barberg

My Grandpa died last Saturday, and my sister and I flew out to Cokato, MN to be with the family for the funeral.  It was a joyous time as Grandpa was a devout Christian and never lost his joy and sense of humor.  Grandpa loved Mountain Dew (Gramps "Does the Dew!") so my young cousins made sure he was buried with a can...I am sure that may be one of the first things he wants when he is resurrected!

I also had the rare opportunity to take an authentic Finnish Sauna (part of my neglected heritage), at the house where my Grandpa was born!

On additional note....Don't fly United Airlines.....there customer service is the worst.  "I'm sorry, but that is our system."

Ralph Raino Barberg

Ralph Raino Barberg, age 92, of Cokato, died Saturday, March 18, 2006 at Meeker County Memorial Hospital in Litchfield, one day short of his 93rd birthday.

He was born at Cokato March 19, 1913, to Isaac and Hannah (Bajari) Barberg. He grew up on the farm north of Cokato, and attended Ojanpera School. He later graduated from Cokato High School.

After high school, Ralph helped his father farm.

Ralph married Laina Marie Koivu March 19, 1939. The couple purchased a farm north of Cokato, where they raised five children; and had a part in raising more than 20 foster children.

Ralph farmed and worked as a machinist in Minneapolis at Vic Manufacturing and D.W. Onan, commuting for 23 years.

He lived at Edgewood Gables in Cokato for the past two years. Ralph said he spent his last years as a “recliner engineer.”

In the summer of 1949, Ralph gave his life to the Lord after hearing the preaching of George Mensika, a former henchman of John Dillinger.

Ralph’s sense of humor, positive attitude, and infectious smile were an encouragement to all, and brought him and his family through the tough times of life. He enjoyed playing games and traveling, and could build anything,

Ralph is survived by five children: Grace Pierre-Louis of Cokato, Peter Barberg of Hutchinson, Keith (Janet) Barberg of Detroit Lakes, Marianne (Phil) Nelson of Burleson, Texas, and Colleen (Terry) Milford of Edgewood, N.M.; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren, and a sister, Beatrice Kruger of Meteetsee, Wyo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Laina; nine brothers; two sisters; and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were Thursday, March 23 at 2 p.m. at New Life Assembly of God Church in cokato. Pastors Al Jones and Pastor Keith Barberg officiated, and music was provided by Bonnie Jones. Interment was in the Cokato Finnish Cemetery.

Casket bearers were Kevin Barberg, Kirk Barberg, Pascal Pierre-Louis, Gabriel Nelson, Micah Nelson, Jeremy Barberg, Brian Barberg, Chad Barberg, Tim Barberg, and Isaac Milford.

Arrangements were by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.

Posted on Tuesday, March 28, 2006 at 08:10AM by Registered Commenterbonovox in | Comments6 Comments

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May his memory be eternal.
March 28, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJim N.
May he rest in peace and may his memory be eternal!
March 28, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterHuw Raphael
Thanks Guys!
March 29, 2006 | Registered Commenterbonovox
I echo the prayers.
March 30, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterGina
My condolences. Is one of your cousin's a AOG pastor?
April 6, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterPavel
Thanks! My uncle Keith is a Charismatic minister, but I don't think they are AG....not sure there affiliation.

My other uncle, Terry is a Calvary Chapel pastor, and I have a second cousin who is a youth pastor at a Vineyard church. Several of my younger cousins are in Bible College and training for ministry.

But alas....me and my little family are the only Orthodox in the clan....no Catholics either for that matter. Much of my extended family is Lutheran, as that was what they were originally. My Great-Great Grandfather, Isak Barpa (Barberg) was Lutheran Lay minister, and planted at least one still existant church in the Cokato, MN area.

On my other side we were Baptists in the South (as opposed to Southern Baptists....they were too liberal), although going back my anscesotrs were Anglican. My Great Grandfather, H.U. Mullins was a preacher of some renown in the Pensacola, FL area.

I am very thankful for my Christian heritage!
April 6, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterfdr

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