Anna Hawkinson, of Mora, passed away on Friday, January 20, 2012 at the Scandia House in Mora. She was 97 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at the Calvary Lutheran Church of Mora with Rev. Dean Oelkfe officiating.
VISITATION will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church.
INTERMENT will be in the Oakwood Cemetery of Mora.
In lieu of Flowers, Memorials are preferred to Kanabec County Hospice
Anna Marie Hawkinson, of Mora, passed away on Friday, January 20, 2012 at the Scandia House in Mora. She was 97 years old.
Anna was born on October 28, 1914 on the family farm near Badger, Minnesota to parents Frank and Bessie (Reznik) Ratkovec. She attended the Stoffel country school until the 6th grade then helped the family on the farm. Being the eldest child, she helped her father with the animals and in the fields. In 1931, Anna moved to St. Paul where she lived with an aunt, uncle, and cousins. In 1933, she traveled with them to the World’s Fair in Chicago. As a young woman, she worked as a maid and child caregiver in St. Paul and during the summer along the St. Croix River near Scandia. She continued to work until she was united in marriage to Raymond Fredrick Hawkinson. Together they bought Anna’s parents’ farm near Badger, MN and farmed until September of 1947. They moved back to Scandia for a year then moved to Grygla, MN where Anna and Raymond both worked in a restaurant-bar establishment. In 1951, they bought a farm near Gonvick, MN where they farmed for the next twenty-five years. After selling the farm, Anna and Raymond moved to a home near Glen, MN where they lived for fourteen years. In 1990, they moved to Mora and purchased their home on Walnut Street. They lived there until moving to the Villages of Mora in 2001. In November of 2009, Anna moved to the Scandia House in Mora where she spent her final years.
Anna enjoyed cooking and visiting with her family and friends. She loved gardening, especially tending to her many flowers. She always had flowers blooming inside and outside of her home. She enjoyed playing cards and games with her grandchildren. She also spent many hours crocheting afghans, and embroidering gifts for her family and friends.
Anna is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Raymond; grandson, Darwin; and siblings, Frank, John, Filamaine, and Eleanor.
She is survived by her sons, Fred (JoAnne) Hawkinson of Blaine and Leland (Julie) Hawkinson of Coon Rapids, daughter, Beverly (Arnold) Brendalen of Mora; brother, Anton Ratkovec of California; six grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, many great and step-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.