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Grace L. Michalko

January 1, 1931 — November 28, 2021

Grace L. Michalko, age 90 of Litchfield, MN passed away November 28, 2021, at Meeker Manor in Litchfield, MN. A Celebration of Life open house will be held Saturday, May 14, 2022, from 11:00 to 1:00 PM at Johnson-Hagglund Funeral and Cremation Service in Litchfield. Interment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN. Grace Leota (Lukenbill) Michalko, the daughter of Harry and Zeltha (Cook) Lukenbill, was born May 10, 1931, in Orth, Minnesota. She was raised in northern Minnesota and attended Northome High School. In August of 1951, Grace married John Michalko in Blackduck, Minnesota. This union was blessed with four children: Linda, Diane, Randy, and Kathy. Their family lived in St. Paul and Moundsview prior to Grace retiring in Mille Lacs Lake in Aitkin County. In 2005, Grace moved to Litchfield. Having been born a natural leader, Grace found many leadership roles throughout her life. She belonged to a multitude of clubs and organizations, often being elected president. Her employment followed suite with her role as a supervisor. She was a great organizer and arranged many fun family reunions. Grace was an amazing gardener, quilter, and baker. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Litchfield. Grace is survived by her children: Linda Fernandez of Clovis, CA, Randy (Mary) Michalko of Winter Haven, FL, and Kathy (Marc) Bertrand of Steamboat Springs, CO; son-in-law Jack Carlson of Litchfield; ten grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Grace was preceded in death by her husband; parents; daughter, Diane Carlson; and son-in-law, Andy Fernandez.
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