Harriet Menke

Dec. 23, 1917 — Dec. 25, 2017


Funeral Mass for Harriet Menke was celebrated on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bancroft with Father Steven McCloud officiating. Burial was in the St. John’s Catholic Cemetery.

Harriet Corina Menke was born Dec. 23, 1917, in Albert Lea, Minn., the daughter of Bernhard and Clara (Stadheim) Johnsrud. She grew up and attended school in Albert Lea, graduating from the Albert Lea High School in 1935. After her schooling she worked as a telephone operator.

On Aug. 14, 1943, Harriet was united in marriage to John Menke in Dothan, Ala. Upon his honorable discharge from the military they returned to the Bancroft area and began farming. They farmed until retiring in 1982, when they built a home and moved into Bancroft.

Harriet enjoyed crafting, bowling, playing golf and traveling with John. She was a member of the St. John’s Parish, Altar Society and the VFW Auxiliary.

Harriet died Monday, Dec. 25, 2017, at the Accura Health Care Center in Bancroft at the age of 100. 

She is survived by her sisters, Cora Arnold of Owatonna, Minn.; Janet and husband, Herman Stenga of Soldotna, Ark.; Barbara Schultz and husband, Ron Verdoorn of Victoria, Minn.; John’s sister, Janet Winkel Muller of Whittemore and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. 

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, John on Jan. 3, 2012; sisters, Edith Schulenberg, Lila Glantz, Dorothy Magelssen and a brother, Bendy Johnsrud.

Arrangements were handled by Oakcrest Funeral Service of Bancroft. Condolences may be left at www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com.


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