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Dena Stokke

February 10, 1931 — October 30, 2013

Dena Connie Stokke, age 82 of Cannon Falls, died on Wednesday evening, October 30, 2013 at her home at the View Senior Living. Born on February 10, 1931 in Barron, Wisconsin, Dena was the daughter of Clarence and Alma "Emily" (Lauritsen) Knutson. She grew up on a farm and attended rural country school. After grade eight, she left school and joined the workforce to help support her family. She worked in Minneapolis, western Minnesota and the Twin Cities area, before moving to Cannon Falls in 1970 with her five young children. Dena chose to settle in a small town to provide roots for her children. Returning to school, she received her G.E.D. so she could obtain her beautician's certificate. After graduation, Dena worked in Zumbrota for a short time before opening her own salon in the Cannon Mall. Dena worked as a beautician until the age of 79. She spent her time working at her own shop, the nursing home and at the homes of many who were homebound. Her clientele were friends, which she spent time visiting and assisting with tasks in their homes. She always wanted the elderly to be treated with dignity and respect, and made herself available to give them the attention and care they needed. In giving to her community, she received the 1997 Community Spirit Award sponsored by Community Resource Bank. She will be greatly missed by her five children, Sheryl (Gary) Otto of Cannon Falls; Randy (Janet) Karasch of Le Center; Paulette (Leon) Hanson of Cannon Falls; Maurice Karasch of Lakeville and Bonnie Mahoney of Farmington; step-son, Steve Stokke of Hastings; 9 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; brother, Kenneth (Sandy) Knutson of Hugo; sister, Leanne (Elvin) Yngsdal of Northfield; 2 nieces and 1 nephew. She was preceded in death by her parents; aunt and uncle, Archie and Inez Peterson; and husband, Henry "Hank" Stokke. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, November 2 at 11:00 a.m., with visitation from 10-11 a.m., at St. Pius V Catholic Church in Cannon Falls. Interment will follow at the Cannon Falls Cemetery.

Funeral Home: Lundberg Funeral Home 5839 Hwy 19 Blvd Cannon Falls, MN US 55009

Previous Events

Visitation
Saturday, November 2, 2013
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
St. Pius V Catholic Church

410 W. Colvill St.
Cannon Falls, MN 55009

Service
Saturday, November 2, 2013
11:00 AM
St. Pius V Catholic Church

410 W. Colvill St.
Cannon Falls, MN 55009

Graveside Service
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Cannon Falls Cemetery

Hwy 19 E
Cannon Falls, MN 55009


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