Joseph Haneca

June 1, 1919-Jan. 19, 2013

COTTONWOOD – Mass of Christian Burial for Joseph “Joe” Haneca, 93, of Cottonwood will be at 2 p.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cottonwood. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Rehkamp & Horvath Funeral Home in Marshall with a 7 p.m. prayer service. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cottonwood. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

He died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at the Avera Hospital in Marshall.

Joseph August Haneca was born June 1, 1919, to Camille and Leona (VanParys) Haneca on the family farm in Limestone Township near Ivanhoe. He was baptized June 28, 1919, at St. Eloi Catholic Church in Ghent and confirmed in the Catholic faith. He moved with his family to a farm near Wood Lake at the age of 15.

On April 17, 1945, Joe was united in marriage to Margaret Thieren at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy. To this union five sons and one daughter were born. Joe lived and farmed by Wood Lake until 1984 when he retired to Cottonwood. Joe loved his family and his family farm and even after retirement went to the farm everyday spring through fall. He had a strong work ethic and a good sense of humor. In his leisure time he enjoyed playing cards, telling a good joke, golfing and visiting with family and friends. He took numerous trips with his wife across the country. He served as an usher and lector at St. Mary’s Church. He also served on the Wood Lake Elevator board and was a long time officer of the local Farmers Union organization. He was always willing to volunteer his help whenever he saw a need.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret; six children, Richard (and Pat) of Wood Lake, Larry (and Heidi) of Shoreview, Dariel of South Africa, Raymond (and Donna) of Montevideo, Jolene (and special friend, Walker) of Bothell, Wash., and Darwin of Des Moines, Iowa; 13 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; brother-in-law, John Fligge of Marshall; numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his two brothers, Andrew and John; two sisters, Bertha Blomme and Alma Fligge; brother-in-law, Marcel Blomme; sisters-in-law, Jaqueline and Kate; two grandsons; and one great-grandson.

Arrangements with

Rehkamp & Horvath Funeral Directors

Marshall, Minnesota