Minnie Marie Hokanson, 103, Cannon Falls died Friday, November 29, 2013 at Angels Care Center in Cannon Falls.
Minnie Marie (Karlstad) Hokanson was born June 20, 1910 in Coleman, South Dakota to Paul and Hannah (Randen) Karlstad. When she was five years old they moved to Three Forks, MT where they lived for seven years. The family packed up everything from the farm (including the animals) and they moved to Belle Creek Area.
For a few years Minnie had been working with farm families and took care of the needs in their home. Minnie met Thore at the Cannon Falls Fair and they were married September 7, 1929 at the Land's Parsonage in Zumbrota. They farmed in the area and spent many of those years in the Cherry Grove area. In 1952, they moved to a farm near Hader. The past 24 years were spent at her daughter, Marlene's home. Minnie has been a resident at Angel's Care Center since May 2012.
Minnie was an energetic lady who loved her family very much and liked being close to them. She had many talents. With the help of the family she published a family cookbook (nothing was as delicious as her homemade bread and cinnamon rolls), she was a poetry writer and has a book of poems also published. The words of the song, "You Are My Sunshine" were written by Minnie. In her earlier years she composed a poem for each grandchild upon their birth.
She loved all animals especially horses, cows, dogs and cats. She could grow any plant and had quite a collection of them. She was a gardener and quilter. She has made quilts for each grandchild. She was a letter writer and corresponded regularly with relatives in Norway. She was the greatest babysitter and could keep any child entertained with her songs, stories and activities. Until she was no longer able, she was an active participant in her church Women's group and Bible Study.
Minnie is survived by her children, Melroy (Leah) Hokanson of Cannon Falls, Paul (Gloria) Hokanson of Cannon Falls, Harlan (Bonita) Hokanson of Goodhue, Roger (Helen) Hokanson of Lakeville, Gary (Marlene) Hokanson of Cannon Falls, Marleen (Larry) Beckman of Dennison, Kathryn (Jerald) Hauschildt of Red Wing; 19 grandchildren; 55 great-grandchildren; 21 great-great grandchildren.
Minnie was preceded in death by her husband, Thore Hokanson; two infant sons; granddaughter and husband, Sharon and Tim Strack; grandson, Nathan Hokanson; siblings, Paul, Anton, Magnhild and Hilda Karlstad, Bertha Brandvold, Hazel Gombert, Julius Karlstad and twin sister who died at birth.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at Minneola Lutheran Church. Interment was in the church cemetery. Casketbearers will be a few of Minnie's grandsons; Mel Jr., Darin, David, Stephen and Brian Hokanson, Jeffrey Beckman and Jonathon Hauschildt.