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Steve Cottingham, of Mora MN, passed away on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at Abbot Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.  He was 65 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at the North Branch- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.


Available for viewing only until Friday, May 13, 2022.

MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held 4:00 – 7:00 PM on Friday, May 6, 2022 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora, MN and again one hour prior to the service at the church.

MEMORIALS are preferred to the Hope Lodge University of MN Minneapolis.  CLICK HERE FOR HOPE LODGE DONATION

Stephen John Cottingham, age 65, died April 27, 2022 at Abbott Hospital in Minneapolis due to complications from leukemia.

Steve was born December 13, 1956 in Englewood, NJ to parents John and Ann (Frisbie) Cottingham. Steve grew up in northern Illinois and moved to the Twin Cities in 1969. He was a 1975 graduate of Anoka High School and an AFS student to Brazil where he learned Portuguese, joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) and later served as a missionary in Portugal.

Steve went on to attend the University of MN and Brigham Young University where he received his Masters in Education and was an Industrial Arts Teacher for over 30 years. He taught students in Reeseville and Sparta, Wisconsin and retired from Mora Senior High School in May 2018. He was a favorite teacher of many students.

Steve was united in marriage to Marsha Morris on June 13, 1987 at the temple in Chicago, Il. They were blessed with 2 sons, Kyle and Cody. He was very proud to be an Eagle Scout like his father and his two sons. During his scouting years he attended the 1971 International Boy Scout Jamboree in Japan.

Before settling in Mora, Steve and his family spent four years working on a 10,000 acre wheat farm near Great Falls, MT. He loved the mountains and skiing when he could.

He was an active member of the LDS Church serving in many positions and always volunteered for service projects. His strong faith was a testimony to many and helped his fight against leukemia. He enjoyed X-C skiing, hunting, fishing, woodworking, his blueberry and raspberry plants, feeding the birds, the Twins and Vikings. He loved a rousing game of cards with his extended family and time spent at the Canadian cabin.

Steve will be most remembered for his cheerful, positive attitude and sunny disposition. His smile and greetings to everyone brightened their days and will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by father, John Cottingham, nephew Barron Cottingham, mother-in-law Dona Morris.

He is survived by wife Marsha; sons, Kyle (Becca) of Rochester, MN and Cody of Boise, ID; grandchildren, Brock, Brynlee and Tate; mother Ann of Mora; siblings, Kimm (Mark) Schneider of Mpls., Alan (Jane) Cottingham of Cloquet and Gregory (Lynn) Cottingham of Grand Rapids; father-in-law Arvid Morris of Cambridge; brothers-in-law, Jack (Jennifer) Morris of Mahtomedi and Tom (Lisa) Morris of Richland, WA; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

11 thoughts on “STEVE COTTINGHAM”

  1. Had many great visits with Steve a great guy, and fun working with him at the High School.

  2. I was so sad to hear of Mr. Cottingham’s passing. I will miss seeing him in the neighborhood and am so grateful for the wonderful role model & mentor he was to my son! He was very well-liked and respected by the students he taught.

  3. Lots of visits with Steve when I taught at the high school. Also at balls games he came to. A real nice gentlemen. He will be missed.

  4. I loved having Mr. Cottingham in Woods class! I was dangerously bad at everything in that class but he helped me through it and gave me credit for the effort alone, rather than the absolute tragedy of products I managed to put together. He was kind, understanding, and had the absolute best sense of humor!

  5. We will never forget Steve and his help with our boys as they were in scouting in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. They still have the beautiful wood plaques that Steve made for them when they attained the rank of Eagle Scout. We loved and appreciated Steve’s kindness and encouragement to our boys. Love and prayers to Marsha and the rest of his family.

  6. Marsha and family, our heartfelt condolences in the loss of a wonderful husband, father, teacher, and friend. May his memory always be a blessing.

  7. I am so very sorry for your loss, and rejoice with you in Heaven’s gain. God is faithful to His promises to His dear children! Our❤️ And prayers are with you, dear Marsha.
    Love, Marcie & Mike Feine

  8. So sorry for your loss. Steve was a wonderful kind man, he was always so positive and made everyone feel special. Love and prayers to Marsha, Kyle, Cody.

  9. Mr Cottingham was by far my favorite teacher at Mora High School, he was an amazing human being and educator. He will be missed on so many levels! Condolences to the family and those that knew him best.

  10. He was one of my favorite teachers in Mora. I had him for many years for wood shop and was even a peer tutor for some of his classes. Had a great sense of humor. Rest in peace Mr. Cottingham.

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