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Minnie Marie Hokanson, 103

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Minnie Marie Hokanson, age 103, of Cannon Falls, died Nov. 29 at Angels Care Center in Cannon Falls.

Funeral service will be 1:30 pm, Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Minneola Lutheran Church, 13628 Co. 50 Blvd, Goodhue. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Visitation was from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Lundberg Funeral Home, 5839 Hwy 19 Blvd., Cannon Falls, and also for one hour prior to the service at church.

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Minnie Marie (Karlstad) Hokanson was born June 20, 1910, in Coleman, S.D., to Paul and Hannah (Randen) Karlstad. When she was 5 years old they moved to Three Forks, Mont., where they lived for seven years. The family packed up everything from the farm (including the animals) and the 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 Sept. 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, Minn. The past 24 years were spent at her daughter Marleen'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; and 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 that died at birth.

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