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Richard Cook

February 3, 1943 — January 23, 2022


Richard James Cook, 78, of Austin, Minnesota, died suddenly from a heart attack on Sunday, January 23, 2022.

Richard was born on February 3, 1943, in Spring Valley, Minnesota to Edward and Myrtle Cook.  He graduated from St. Mary’s College in 1965 and subsequently received his Master of Science Degree in Education from Winona State College in 1972. He came to Austin in 1967 and started teaching History at Queen of Angels Catholic School. In 1971, he became Principal and continued in that role for Austin Area Catholic Schools until he retired in 2005.

On October 5, 1968, he married Cecilia Ruekert at the Parish of St. Mary in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Together they raised four children: Reverend Monsignor Thomas Cook, Joan (Tyler) Farrell, David (Becky) Cook, and Daniel (Erika) Cook.

Richard is survived by his children; grandchildren, Holden, Clare, Linus, Kate, Bennett, and Brady; brother, Gerald (Ann) Cook; and several nieces, nephews, and in-laws. He is preceded in death by his wife, parents, and brother Eugene (Adonna) Cook.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, January 30, at Mayer Funeral Home in Austin from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, January 31, at 10:30 AM at Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Austin. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Masks will be required at both the visitation and the Funeral Mass.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in remembrance of Richard to Catholic Charities of Southern Minnesota:

111 Market St, Suite 2

PO Box 379

Winona, MN 55987

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Sunday, January 30, 2022

1:00 - 4:00 pm (Central time)

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Funeral Mass

Monday, January 31, 2022

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Queen of Angels Catholic Church

1001 Oakland Ave E, Austin, MN 55912

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