Lois M. Haney
Location: Elgin Cemetery
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Friday, August 2, 1918
Date of Death:
Friday, July 17, 2020
101 years old
Lois M. Haney
Lois M. Haney, age 101, died peacefully on Friday, July 17, 2020 at Rochester Health East, where she had resided since June of 2015.
Lois was born on August 2, 1918, in rural Millville, Minnesota, to Arthur and Amelia Schwanke. As a little girl, she attended a one-room schoolhouse in rural Elgin. On June 14, 1940, she was united in marriage to Avert R. Haney. They were married for 53 years.
Lois is survived by her two children: Gail Haney and husband Alan Kraning of Maui, Hawaii and Roy Haney and wife Debra, who reside on the family farm in rural northeast Rochester. She has two grandsons, Jon Haney of Birchdale, MN, and Christopher Haney of Rochester. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Leonard Schwanke, Edwin Schwanke, and half-brother Eilert Muller.
Lois and Avert farmed for several years in rural northeast Rochester. Whenever time permitted, she and Avert enjoyed their travels to their little cabin and acreage at Birchdale, MN. After Avert died in 1993, Lois continued to live on the family farm until her health declined. While she was still able to travel, she enjoyed trips to Hawaii to visit her daughter Gail, and even a trip to Brazil with her son Roy and his family.
She had many interests and talents. She was an avid gardener. She was an excellent cook and baker, known for her homemade donuts, pies and canned goods. As a busy farm-wife, she excelled at cooking meals for hired men, hosting large summer picnics, and entertaining many family members with special holiday feasts. She enjoyed socializing with other local farm wives in the neighborhood “Birthday Club”. She was active as a 4-H leader, and later with 4-H Alumni activities. She and Avert were both involved in the local Farmer’s Union. In her later years, she greatly enjoyed her volunteer work with Rochester Methodist Hospital Auxilliary, as well as visiting patients in the Mayo Hospice Program.
Becoming a grandmother to two grandsons provided many hours of joy. She never turned down moments with them to read a story, play a game, share a meal, and provide the best care in the world. She is remembered as a truly loving grandma.
The family would like to extend a special thank-you to the staff at Rochester Health East and Mayo Hospice for the exceptional care and kindness given to Lois and her family.
Due to public health concerns, a private graveside service officiated by Rev. Lester Horntvedt will take place at Elgin Cemetery, in Elgin, MN. Condolences and memories of Lois are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com
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Dear Roy and family, Sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She was a dear friend and I remember your Dad too. G00dness , that's getting to be long time ago that we all were at Elim
Dear Roy and family, I was sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Your parents were good friends. My Prayers are with you.
I always enjoyed or trips to MN and the visits to the farm. Lois always made sure that I got over to visit during my summers in MN 1958. 1961.1962 and 1963. It was fun to visit the farm and Roy and Gail. Avert always made things lively with his stories and his laugh and voice. During the sixties, seventies and eighties we got to see Lois on our MN visits and on their Calif trips. Lois always wlecomed us out to the farm on our trips and one year we all were able to come to MN as a family in 1983. The summer of 1958 I remember Lois told me that I was going to have a new Cousin Chuck and I guess she had reliable information because she was right. The birthday celebrations at the farm for Grandpa Haney are some of my fondest memories. Lois will be missed but we are so glad that she was a part of our lives for so many years.
Ed and Jane Rucker and family
Lois was a wonderful woman. I enjoyed visiting with her. So sorry for you loss.