Adeline Yankowiak died Friday, April 30, 2010. She was 83 years old.
Funeral Service will be 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 5 at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 PM to 7 PM at Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora, and 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.
Interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Mora.
Adeline M. Yankowiak was born on November 29, 1926, in Buckman, Minnesota to Paul and Frances (Cekalla) Kaiser. She grew up in Foley, Minnesota with 11 siblings. She was united in marriage to Roland Yankowiak on August 4, 1947. To this union 10 children were born. They resided on their same farm in Mora for 42 years. Adeline was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora.
She made a lifelong career out of raising her family. Her favorite hobbies included flower and vegetable gardening, baking and canning. She enjoyed feeding the birds and everyone else who stopped by. She was famous for her homemade rolls, pickles and many Christmas cookie plates that she delivered to family and friends.
Adeline was a hardworking, caring and devoted person who put her faith and family first. Prayer was the most important part of her day. She enjoyed being surrounded by her family and hearing their laughter. She felt truly blessed having a loving family and always said she was the “luckiest mom in the world.” She especially enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren with love and food.
Adeline touched the lives of so many. She was an amazing wife, mom, grandma and friend. She will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Adeline is survived by her husband of 62 years, Roland; sons Bruce (Maggie) of Duluth, Greg (Deb) of Mora, Doug (Randi) of Mora, Mike (Sue) of Elk River, Tom of Cook; daughters Karen (Steve) Roles of Pewaukee, Wisconsin, Mary Jo (Barry) Graber of Brook Park and Barb (Kevin) Herwig of Mora; sixteen grandchildren, John, Mark, Dave, Pete, Dan, Nicole, Kelsey, Ryan, Matt, Lindsay, Heather, Luke, Anni, Adam, Brad, and Aaron; six great-grandchildren, Ally, Caleb, Annika, Sofie, Theydon, and Adley. She is also survived by several step-grandchildren, step great-grandchildren; two sisters, Eleanore Trushenski of Elk River, Marie (Tom) Haley of Foley and sister-in-law Delores Paggen of Sartell. She was preceded in death by her son Steven and infant son Joseph, her parents, brothers, Tony, Pete, Clarence, Jim, Aloysius; and sisters, Rose LaFore, Leona Gonsier, Loretta Fisher and Dolores Maas, plus many nieces, nephews and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, May 5th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora. Fr. Eugene Plaisted and Rita Clasemann officiated. Music was provided by Kris Paulson and Alexia Santele-Fox. Pallbearers were Adeline’s grandsons Dave Yankowiak, Dan Yankowiak, Pete Yankowiak, John Yankowiak, Luke Graber, Matt Roles, Aaron Yankowiak, Brad Yankowiak and Adam Herwig. Honorary pallbearers were grandsons Ryan Yankowiak and Mark Yankowiak. Interment was at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Mora.