Lila Hennum, 93, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, at the Kittson Memorial Nursing Home in Hallock, Minn.
Lila Lorraine Lundquist was born to Richard and Emelia Lundquist in Strathcona, Minn., on Sept. 5, 1928. Lila was baptized and confirmed at Gustav Adolph Lutheran Church in Strathcona and attended Greenbush High School.
Lila married Gerald Hennum in Kennedy, Minn., on July 12, 1945. She worked picking potatoes for Bowman Farms; cooked for Bracewell’s and Albert’s Variety stores in Kennedy; was a teller at Northwestern State Bank in Hallock; and worked at American Federal Savings and Loan in Hallock for many years. She enjoyed bingo, playing cards, cooking and baking for her family and friends, and was quite famous for her delicious caramel rolls, buns and breads.
Lila also enjoyed spending time at their cabin on the Rainy River near Baudette, Minn., and their retirement years in Apache Junction, Ariz. Lila was a member of Hi Neighbor Homemakers Club; Maria Lutheran Church; Maria’s Ladies Aid and WELCA; and served with Gerald on the Maria Altar Guild for many years. She was also active at the Kennedy Donaldson Senior Center.
Lila drove the Kittson Memorial Healthcare Center’s Senior Citizen’s Bus for a number of years, even though she was also a senior citizen herself! She lived at the Tamarack Assisted Living Center in Stephen for five years, and then moved to Kittson Memorial Nursing Home in 2012. She loved the staff in the nursing home, and spent nine happy years enjoying the many activities and excellent care.
Lila is survived by: her two children, Patricia (Charles) Swanson of Hallock, and Jerry (LuAnn) Hennum of Baudette; grandchildren, Stephen Swanson of Park City, Utah, Michael (Cheri Reese) Swanson of Kennedy, Jacki LaValla of Bemidji, Gregg (Diana) Hennum of Baudette and Christopher (Melissa) Hennum of Bemidji; great-grandchildren, Luke and Kaia Swanson, Cadence LaValla, Garrett, Wyatt and Estella Hennum, and Avery and Maddie Hennum; brother-in-law, Dan Carriere of Hallock; and brother and sister-in-law, Ronnie and Marita Hennum of Torrence, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by: an infant sister, Ruby; parents, Richard and Emelia; husband, Gerald; sister, Nadine (Ernest) Nelson; sisters-in-law Layne (Dan) Carriere, Muriel (Alver) Christopherson, Joy (Norval “Bud”) Hennum, Marion (Clarion) Hennum, and Arlene (Owen) Hennum; brothers-in-law, Norval “Bud” Hennum, Alver Christopherson, Clarion Hennum, Owen Hennum, and Ernie Nelson; nephew, Jay Dean Hennum; and nieces, Jody Carriere Mootz and Dianna Nelson Lysne.
Funeral services are scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, at 2 p.m. in Maria Lutheran Church, Kennedy. Interment will be in the Kennedy Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church on Sunday for one hour prior to the service. Memorials are preferred to the Kittson Memorial Foundation, Maria Lutheran Church or the charity of choice.
Austin Funeral Home, Hallock, is in charge of arrangements. www. austinfuneralchapel.com.