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In Memory of Ann Margaret Checklund


10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Hudson

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11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Hudson

Annie ”Ann”” Margaret (Haller) Checklund, age 91 of Hudson, passed away on December 26, 2015 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Ann was born on November 8, 1924 in Grey Eagle, MN, to Mike and Frances (Chromey) Haller. She was raised in Grey Eagle. Ann was married to Merwin Checklund on October 25, 1945 in Grey Eagle, Minnesota.

Ann loved her family and would do anything she could for them. She was a strong and very independent woman with a deep faith in God.

Ann will remain in the hearts of her children, Connie (Charles) Gander of Willmar MN, Therese (Douglas) Winfrey of Hudson, and Renee Bonse of Hudson; grandchildren, Keesha (Zachary) Anderson, Bill Winfrey, Keith Bonse, Heather Bonse, and Haley Bonse; great-granddauthter, Faith Bonse; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Merwin Checklund; daughter, Marie Checklund; grandson, Kenneth Gander; her parents; four brothers and two sisters.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday, December 30th at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 1500 Vine Street, Hudson, WI. Visitation will be one hour prior to the mass at church Wednesday morning. Interment will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.

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    • I am writing this in recognition of the life of Ann Haller Checklund. She died last week (on December 26) and she was a friend of mine. If you knew Ann at all, you knew that she was a character. And I mean that in a good way. Yes, she had her faults: she could be demanding and argumentative, and brutally honest in ways that could prick your tender skin pretty good. But she could also be funny, silly, kind, compassionate and generous. She worried about her girls and her grandchildren. I often talked to her about them and I know that anything she had in the world would be theirs if they needed it. Her regret was that she didn’t have more material things to give them, but she had love to give them and she gave it.

      Ann never forgot my birthday; she never forgot to ask “How is Chuck doing,” when she visited with my wife in one of her frequent two hour phone calls to our home. And she always let us know how all the relatives back home in the Hudson area were doing, which was much appreciated by us. She was a “family person” above all and I think this is why she held out so long in spite of multiple health problems that would have challenged anyone. She just could not imagine leaving her loved ones. She and I talked about death and dying and we even joked about who might die first of the two of us, and I could tell her strong religious beliefs were a support to her in the face of the physical problems she had.

      If you can say that someone lived a good life and died at 91 years of age, that they had many friends and loved ones and no real enemies, and that they shared generously of what they had, then praise be to them. Ann was such a person. She was also my mother-in-law and I knew her for fifty years. While our relationship had its ups and downs, knowing her enriched every single one of those years. Praise be to Ann Checklund and Rest In Peace.

    • Aunt Annie in the last few years reminded me so much of grandma Haller. Had a great sense of humor and she had Haller traits that I also saw in my dad. My dad always told the story that he remembered when Annie was born at home and they put her in a dresser drawer to sleep and how little she was.
      You will be missed but now the whole Haller family are together again.
      Thoughts and prayers go out to the girls and families In the loss of your mom and grandma.

    • How I will miss Aunt Annie. I have many good memories of her spanning over the past 60 years. We are so glad that we were able to visit her before she left us to go to her next destination. We are sorry that we will not be able to attend her funeral, but our sympathy and prayers to Connie, Therese, Renee and their respective families. Our thoughts will be with you on Wednesday as you say good-bye.

    • Ann, my mother-in-law, I will truly miss. Over the years we had few discussions between us, but the ones we did have were always good. Her home was always open to Therese, myself and the kids for however long, whenever we came home on leave while in the military. I am an early riser and would get up to make some coffee, Ann would hear me in the kitchen and she would get presentable, putting on a robe, and come out to the kitchen and insist on making me breakfast while everyone else slept. We had many discussions during those breakfast mornings sitting and talking, about what was going on in her life and family in Hudson. She was always interested in where I was off to next in the military and where I had been and she was always worried about me too. I will always remember and cherish those mornings with Ann. Ann was quite the jokester also and we would go back a forth with each other, which would usually end with up with a comment about a broom either in her hitting me with it or me suggesting her to use it for a means of transportation. Ann was a proud woman and this held true to her last days. Love you and I will miss you Ma! Your loving Son-in-law.