AITKIN - Shirley V. Hakes, age 71, of Aitkin, formerly of Austin, Minn., and Plymouth, Minn., died Thursday, November 15, 2007, at her home.
She was born May 22, 1936, at Montevideo, Minn., the daughter of Alvin and Pauline (Fiene) Bahn. She moved with her family to Springfield, Minn., where she attended schools and graduated from Springfield High School in 1954. She then attended Mankato State Teachers College for two years. She married Herb Hakes on September 9, 1956, in Springfield, Minn. They lived in Cedar Falls, Iowa, while Shirley continued her education at the University of Northern Iowa. She graduated with a B.S. degree in elementary education. In 1958 they moved to Fairmont, Minn., and then to Winona in 1964 and then they moved to Austin, Minn., where they made their home and raised their family. She taught at the Congregational Nursery School. In 1990 they moved to Plymouth, Minn., and she taught preschool there. In 1996 they moved to Spirit Lake near Aitkin. While living here she worked as a substitute teacher for the Aitkin school system and taught in the Tiny Tots program. She and her family had started coming to Spirit Lake in 1961. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin; served as a mentor in the Kinship Program; served as a board member for the Friends of the Arts; was instrumental in establishing the Kids Camp at Ruttgers Resort; she helped design the new nursery at First Lutheran Church; and Shirley was a very project oriented person.
She is survived by her husband Herb of Aitkin; three children and spouses, Sue Hakes and John Gorski of Grand Marais, Minn., Bob and Gretchen Hakes of Minneapolis, and John and Jennifer Hakes of Shoreview, Minn.; four grandchildren, Meghan, Chris, Allyson and Jacob. Also surviving is her mother-in-law, Mary Hakes of Aitkin; and brothers and sisters-in-law and other extended family members. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Beverly.
A celebration of Shirley's life will be held Tuesday, November 20, 2007, at 11 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Lance Isaacson and Rev. Sarah Cordray officiating. Interment will be in the Diamond Lake Cemetery on Wednesday at 9 a.m. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church on Tuesday. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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