V. Adeline Hokkanen, age 88, longtime resident of Annandale, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, at Annandale Care Center.
Funeral services will take place Saturday, March 9 at 11 a.m. at Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church in Cokato, with Pastor Rob Edward officiating. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery of French Lake Township.
There will be visitation Friday, March 8 from 4-7 p.m. at the church, continuing Saturday one hour prior to the service.
Adeline was born Dec. 26, 1930, on the family farm in French Lake Township, the daughter of Leonard and Edla Lappi.
She attended French Lake country school, and Annandale High School, graduating in 1948.
Adeline was united in marriage to Howard Hokkanen April 23, 1949, at the Apostolic Church parsonage in Cokato. They lived and worked on the Hokkanen family farm near West Albion.
In 1977, Adeline and Howard built a new home on the farm, and enjoyed living there for 36 years.
Adeline was a housewife, and helped on the farm. In 1962, they stopped dairy farming and continued to crop farm. Also in 1962, Howard started working for the Agriculture and Stabilization and Conservation (A.S.C.) as a federal crop insurance agent for Wright, Hennepin and Carver counties; and Adeline was his business associate.
In 1973, when Howard became the manager for the Cokato Mutual Fire Insurance Company, Adeline continued to work as his business associate for 23 years.
Adeline enjoyed cooking and baking for family and friends, and hosted many people who dropped in to visit
She is survived by her children, Darlene Zylstra of Maple Lake, Patty (Steve) Hohag of St. Michael, and Ken (Bev) Hokkanen of Poinciana FL; her sister, Jean Neuhardt; grandchildren Kelley (Erik) Johnson, Joe (Jody) Zylstra, Alison (Ben) Menk, Ryan (Lisa) Zylstra, Ben (Laurie) Hokkanen, and Sara (Mike Soley) Hokkanen; 12 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
Adeline was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard R. and Edla E. Lappi; her husband, Howard; brother Robert; son-in-law David Zylstra; and granddaughter Ashley Zylstra.