Hokanson, age 105, of Chesterton, IN, passed away on Thursday, December 21,
She was born on
November 29, 1912, in Chesterton to Albert and Jessie Swanson and was a
lifelong resident of Chesterton.
Anne is survived by
her son, John Erik (Carol) Hokanson of Chesterton; her daughter, Lynn Buchan
(Robert) Welsh of Chesterton; grandchildren, Greg (Katie) Hokanson of
Noblesville, IN; Mark (Katie) Hokanson of Minneapolis, MN; Susan Welsh of
Chicago, IL; Kathryn (Erik) Ahrendt of Valparaiso, IN; Sharon Welsh of
Chesterton, and great-grandchildren, Quinn Hokanson, Conner Hokanson, Jack
Hokanson, Ryan Hokanson, Daniel Ahrendt, Jillian Ahrendt, David McGrogan and
Alaina McGrogan. She is also survived by her sister-in-laws Ruth Gawley of
Florida and Noreen Hokanson of Chesterton and many loving nieces and
nephews. Anne's family will forever be grateful to her devoted caregiver,
Anne was preceded
in death by her parents, her loving husband, Virgil, to whom she was married
for 62 years and her brother John Wesley Swanson. After graduating from
Chesterton High School in 1930, Anne attended Francis Shimer Junior College
and then later the University of Illinois, majoring in English and speech.
She was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and earned her Bachelor
of Arts degree in 1937. She returned to Chesterton after her graduation and
taught English and speech classes at Chesterton High School. She was also in
charge of the theater productions and the school library. At that time
schools only hired single teachers. After she taught three years, Virgil
Hokanson proposed marriage to her and she was required to leave her job upon
their marriage in 1940. Later, when she felt her children were old enough,
she returned to teach for many years and ended her career at Yost school in
Anne was a member
of the Chesterton Methodist Church, the Chesterton Women's Club, Pi Beta Phi
sorority, and Beta Gamma Upsilon sorority. During her life she experienced
many changes from the replacement of horses by automobiles, to the
development of travel into space and a global internet communication system.
She always embraced these advances with enthusiasm.
Anne will be
remembered by those who knew her as a kind, positive teacher and a cheerful,
trusted friend. To everyone in her family she was a loving mother,
grandmother and great-grandmother. Her spirit, positive outlook on life and
sense of humor were an inspiration to her family and many friends. Her
memory will be cherished.
Visitation will be
held Saturday, December 30, 2017, at the Chesterton United Methodist Church,
from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Her Service will
follow at 11:00 a.m. at the church.
may be made to the Chesterton United Methodist Church, or to the Duneland
Education Foundation. Arrangements are under the care of White-Love Funeral
Memories may be