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Services and Visitation Saturday for Anne J. Hokanson, age 105

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Anne Jeanette Hokanson, age 105, of Chesterton, IN, passed away on Thursday, December 21, 2017.

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, Diana Chileshe.

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 Porter.

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.

Memorial donations may be made to the Chesterton United Methodist Church, or to the Duneland Education Foundation. Arrangements are under the care of White-Love Funeral Home, Chesterton.

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Posted 12/26/2017






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