Shirley A. Yonke, 87

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    Thief River Falls – Shirley Ann Yonke, 87, of Thief River Falls, passed away on Friday September 29, 2017 at Sanford Medical Center, Thief River Falls from complications of Alzheimer’s disease with her loving family by her side.
    Funeral services will be  held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Abundant Life Lutheran Church, Thief River Falls, with Reverend LeRoy Flickinger officiating.  Burial will be at Community Cemetery near St. Hilaire.
    Visitation will be held  one hour prior to the funeral service.
    Shirley Ann Hanson was born November 10, 1929 at her parent’s home in Garnes Township, Red Lake County, to Hans P. and Naomi (Hofius) Hanson. She was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran Faith and attended country school through the 8th grade.
    From the age of 14 until her marriage, Shirley worked at various household jobs.
    At a dance in Plummer, Shirley met her future husband, Leonard August Yonke and on March 17, 1949 they were married at Trinity Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls. They lived on a farm north of Thief River Falls in Excel Township and together they built a grade A dairy operation, along with their three sons and daughter, which they operated until retirement.
    Shirley’s interests included quilting, sewing, gardening, fishing, cooking, baking, competing in baking at County Fairs, 4-H, playing cards and most especially raising a family and spending time with her grandchildren.
    Shirley is survived by her children: Chester (Marla),  Lennae (Jim) Kosmatka,  Marvin (Carol), David (Denise); grandchildren: Jason (Kari), Scott (Brenda), Steve, Brian Kosmatka,  April (Marc) Quillen, Sheri (Jason) Weig, Josh, Lucas,  Desirae,  Danielle; great-grandchildren: Madison, Carter, Zachary, Evelyn, Jada, Paige, Avery, Archer; twin sister, Norma Swanson; and many nephews, nieces, cousins, relatives and friends.
    She is preceded in death by her husband, Leonard; parents, Hans and Naomi Hanson; brothers, Harvey Hanson, Harold Hanson, and Allan Hanson; and sisters, Margie Prestebak and Idella Rewertz.
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