Arlene “Annette” (Davidson) Haukebo, 74

Arlene “Annette” (Davidson) Haukebo, 74

Annette (Davidson) Haukebo passed away peacefully on May 24, 2016 at The Pillars Hospice Home in Oakdale, MN surrounded by her family.

Annette was born in Thief River Falls on November 22, 1941. The youngest child of Hilmer and Anna (Sorter) Davidson, she was raised on their family farm in East Valley Township located northeast of Holt. She attended the Ringbo rural school with her cousins/life-long friends and graduated from Newfolden High School in 1959.

After graduating, Annette moved to St. Paul where she attended the University of Minnesota, studying food technology. She met Duane Haukebo, a civil engineer; they were united in marriage on December 14, 1963 at First Lutheran Church in Middle River. After a few years in Detroit Lakes, the couple moved back to the Twin Cities making their home in Roseville.

A homemaker, Annette was a devoted wife and mother to their four children Ann, Kathy, Kristen and Paul. She dearly loved and treasured her four grandchildren Travis, Tianna, Evan and Oliver.

Annette enjoyed reading, gardening, travel and wintering in Texas. She loved dancing and music, especially old-time Scandinavian. She was proud to be Norwegian (reading, writing and speaking the language); her favorite trips were to Norway, especially taking her mother to visit her grandparents’ homeland.

Her greatest joy was people, especially family. A colorful storyteller, she loved making others laugh. Although a long-time resident of the Twin Cities, she was a farm girl at heart, proud to be from Ringbo and Newfolden. With a cup of coffee in hand, she relished visiting family and friends in the area, often staying at the farm where she was raised. She will forever be remembered for her caring spirit, her wonderful sense of humor and her ability to make others laugh and smile.

Annette is preceded in death by her parents Hilmer and Anna Davidson, brothers Milton, Roald and Dale Davidson and nephew Dean Davidson.

She is survived by and will be dearly missed by her husband of 52 years Duane of Roseville, her children, Ann (Gary) Reff, Kathy Haukebo, Kristen (Nhan) Tran, Paul (Kerstin) Haukebo, her grandchildren, sister-in-law Marion Davidson of Holt, brother Robert (Dolly) Davidson of Thief River Falls, sister Donna Davidson (John) Seorum of Bloomington and all her special nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


A funeral service was held at Annette’s home church, Galilee Lutheran Church in Roseville on May 28. Memorials may be made to The Holt Cemetery or The Pillars Hospice Home in Oakdale.