Mignonette C. Harthun, age 95, of Dent, MN, died on February 7, 2012 at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Fergus Falls, MN under the care of Lakeland Hospice. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 11:00 am at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Dent, MN with Pastor Dan Abrahams officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, February 10, 2012 from 5:00-7:00 pm at Schoeneberger Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7:00 pm. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the funeral at the church.
Mignonette Charlotte Beaulieu de Hudon was born on January 8, 1917 in Coleman, Alberta, Canada, the daughter of Charles and Emma (Harthun) Beaulieu de Hudon. Charles was on assignment in Coleman when she was born. Charles died 17 days after Mignonette was born. Emma later married Joseph L. Kirby who became the only father Mignonette ever knew.
Mignonette graduated from Neche, North Dakota High School and then from Mayville State College. She also continued her education at Moorhead State College. Mignonette taught in North Dakota and Minnesota for 39 years ending her teaching career in the Dent-Perham Schools.
Mignonette was united in marriage to George E. Harthun on June 25, 1943 at Gowan Field in Boise, Idaho where George was stationed before going overseas. Mignonette and George had four daughters, Marcia Dee, Georgene Yvonne, Joyce Kay, and Angeline Faye.
After the war, George and Mignonette bought a farm in Star Lake Township. A few years later they bought George's home farm on Dead Lake and remained there until retiring to Dent in 1981. Mignonette and George lived in Dent until George passed away on July 12, 2007. Mignonette moved to the Minnesota Veterans Home on January 28, 2010.
Mignonette was a long time member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Dent, serving over 50 years. She was also a member of the Perham VFW Auxiliary. She was a long time member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Dent, a member of the Ladies Aid and also taught Sunday School and Bible School.
Mignonette loved to crochet. She made many afghans for her family. She loved to read, play the piano, do word puzzles, play cards, and dance with George. She was very proud of her years teaching and was often remembered by her students for the wonderful Christmas programs that were put on each year. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family. Mignonette recently celebrated her 95th birthday with most of her immediate family in attendance.
Surviving Mignonette are her three daughters, Marcia (Bob) Busick, Georgene (Alfred) Fresonke, and Joyce (Bruce) Wiese; eight grandchildren, Barbara, Brian (Shelly), Stacey, Cheryll (Roman), George, Tammy (Stephen), Jason, and Kristie (Matthew); ten great-grandchildren, Ben (Rosanna), Christopher, Brittni, Joshua, Emilee, Abby, Jay, Logan, Kate, and Emma; three great-great-grandchildren, Savannah, Ashley, and Wyatt; one sister-in-law, Marion; one brother-in-law, Chester; and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Preceding Mignonette in death are her parents; her husband, George; daughter, Angeline (at nine days old); her brothers, Robert (Goldie) Kirby and Herman (Lydia) Kirby; sisters, Millicent (Sheldon) Felt and Doris Sundquist; and many brothers and sisters-in-law.