Lucille C. Hokanson

Lucille C. Hokanson

Lucille C. Hokanson, 96-year-old resident of Little Falls, passed away Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Little Falls Care Center.
Funeral Service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 2, 2014 at Grace Covenant Church in Little Falls. Pastor Steve Anderson will officiate along with Rev. Merrill Kindall, and burial will be at Oakland Cemetery in Little Falls. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 PM on Thursday, May 1st at Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls, and from 9:30 to 10:30 AM on Friday at the church.
Lucille was born Jan. 12, 1918, in Dresser, Wis., to the late Albin and Hilda (Surrell) Johnson and was their only child. When her mother Hilda died in the flu epidemic of 1918 at the age of 19, Lucille was only 11 months old. She went to live with and was raised by her grandparents Nels and Hannah Surrell, in Dresser, Wis. Lucilles grandfather passed away in 1936 and in 1942, Lucille and her grandmother Hannah moved to Minneapolis. Lucille worked for the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant in New Brighton making parts for ammunition during the war. When the plant was closing at the end of the war, she went to work at Honeywell Corp. in New Brighton. Lucille was united in marriage to Knute Hokanson, May 19, 1951, at First Covenant Church in Minneapolis. She joined him on the Hokanson farm in Little Elk Township, Todd County, where they farmed until retiring in November of 1975. They moved to an acreage near Little Falls where they had a home built, and lived there until May of 2001 when they moved into Bridgeway Estates in Little Falls. In December of 2010, Lucille moved into the Little Falls Care Center. Lucille was an active participant on the farm with Knute, helping with the chores and field work. In addition, she had a large garden and she canned and froze much of the produce from it. Her yards have always had many flower gardens as well as the flowers she grew indoors. Even with poor vision, she continued to care for them and they always bloomed for her. Lucille was always active in her church, including First Covenant in Minneapolis, Randall Covenant and when that church closed, Grace Covenant in Little Falls. Lucilles faith was strong and she shared it with her family.
Lucille will be dearly missed by her daughters, Karin and her husband, Dr. Byron Carlson of Forest City, Iowa and their sons, Bjorn Carlson of Des Moines, Iowa and Anders Carlson of Cedar Falls, Iowa; and Betty and her husband, Mark Lundeen of Little Falls and their sons, Joshua Lundeen and his fiance;e, Sarah Paycer of Taylor, N.D., and Mitchell Lundeen of Crookston; Sister-in-law, Gladys Hokanson of Little Falls and special friends, Doreen Lundeen and Doris Christenson.
She was preceded in death by her husband. Knute (in 2004); parents; grandparents, as well as cousins, aunts, uncles, brother and sister-in-laws, and many good friends.

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