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Louise A (Oech) Hanks

June 6, 1936 ~ September 15, 2019 (age 83)

Louise Ann Hanks, 83 of Winona, died Sunday evening, September 15, 2019 at Saint Anne Extended Healthcare, of Winona.

Louise was born June 6, 1936, in Winona, MN, to Christian and Anna (Almos) Oech.  She grew up on the family farm on Oech Ridge and attended country school near Wilson.  She then graduated from Winona Sr. High School and obtained her bachelor’s degree from Winona State.  She was formerly married to George Hanks.

Louise taught junior high in Iowa and Utah.  Upon returning to Winona she was employed at the Winona Knitting Mills for over 25 years. 

Louise was a long-time member of Immanuel United Methodist Church, Winona and her faith was an important part of her life.  She served the church in many capacities and was the church treasurer for many years. She was well known for her baked goods and jelly that she made for the annual church bazaar. She also enjoyed being part of Winona’s Square Dance Club, Bird Club and Sons of Norway.  She was often found outside tending her garden and many flowers.  She was always a great source of strength, support and love for her family. 

She is survived by her daughters: Clarice (Dave) Konshok and Cindy Hanks; three grandchildren: Nathan Mandsager, Matthew Konshok, and Rachel Konshok; sister: Virginia Lunsford; two nieces: Teresa Kulas, Kari (Shari Blanton) Lunsford; nephew: Chris (Yumi) Lunsford and Stan Ledebuhr, longtime friend.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law Dale Lunsford.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, September 21, 2019, at Fawcett Junker Funeral Home, Winona with Pastor Jennifer Mathees officiating.  Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Winona at a later date.

The visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

The family request memorials be directed to the Immanuel United Methodist Church, 455 Baker Street, South; Winona, MN 55987 or to the Woodlawn Cemetery Tree Cleanup Fund, 506 Lake Blvd, West; Winona, MN 55987.

Services entrusted to Fawcett Junker Funeral Home & Crematory, Winona, MN. Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at www.fawcettjunkerfuneralhome.com

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