Leoda Ann Cole died on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, at Welia Health Care in Mora. She was 92 years old.

She was born Feb. 1, 1927, to Matz and Eva (Bauer) Haupt on the family farm south of Taylor, North Dakota. She was baptized at Elizabeth Catholic Church in Lefar, North Dakota. She attended grade school at a country school through the eighth grade.  

She worked at home and various ranches, cooking, cleaning and babysitting. She worked at a hospital in Richardton, North Dakota in the nursery. She met Kip Cole in 1948 when he was working ranches in Taylor. After Kip was discharged from the U.S. Army in 1953, he returned to Taylor and they were united in marriage on Feb. 2, 1954, at Hirshville, North Dakota.  In 1955 they moved to Warman, Minnesota.

In 1960 the couple bought a dairy farm in Knife Lake township. She worked off the farm as a waitress in Mora at the Home Café and then at Sportsmen’s Café.   In 1970 they moved into Mora, and she started working at Sheller Globe until 1980 when she started a day care in her home until 1998.  

After she retired she enjoyed stitching, quilting and going with her friends on the bus or in cars to play bingo. She also enjoyed going to visit her sister in North Dakota.  

In 2015 she fell and broke her hip and started her stay at St. Clare’s Living Community where she lived until 2019.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Matz and Eva Haupt; husband, Kip Cole; daughter, Pat Runquist; son, Philip Cole; twin sister, Leona; sisters, Marion, Katie and Annie; brothers, Bill, Philip, Tom, Ben and Frank Haupt.

She is survived by her brother, Don (Rowena) Haupt; son, Chuck (Cathy) Cole; son-in-law, Marty Runquist; sisters-in-law, Sally Haupt, Angie Haupt, Edna Cole and Sonja Cole; grandchildren, Katie (Ryan) Kerr, Kelly (Scott) O’Neill, Chris (Alicia) Runquist, Barb Kastenbauer, Matt (Megan) Kastenbauer and Mike (Becky) Kastenbauer; 17 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Fr. Derek Weichmann officiating. Music provided by Patty Paul, Jean Mork and the St. Mary’s choir. Casket bearers were Scott O’Neill, Ryan Kerr, Mike Kastenbauer, Matt Kastenbauer, Chris Runquist and Frank Weisz.  Burial was at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Memorials preferred to the Mora Food Pantry. Arrangements by Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora. Condolences may be posted at


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