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LaVerna "Lonnie" Mary (Haas) Drussell

LaVerna "Lonnie" Mary (Haas) Drussell, 84, of Alexandria, Minn., died Friday, March 6, 2009, at her home.

A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Zion Lutheran Church in Alexandria with the Rev. David Hinz officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Kinkead Cemetery.

She was born Oct. 23, 1924, to Paul Haas and Mary Haas on a farm in Swanville, Minn. She had five siblings, Paul, Dorthy, Elmer, Loren and Helen May. When she was 2 years old, her mother died from complications of childbirth. Life was difficult for a single father of six and the children were sent to live with families in the Garfield/Leaf Valley area. She was sent to live with her mother's sister in Wisconsin. At the age of 10, she moved in with the Froeming family in Leaf Valley. She was able to get to know her brothers and sisters again and attended school until the eighth grade in Leaf Valley. At the age of 18, she moved to Jacksonville, Fla. She moved to Detroit, Mich. where she met and married Mickey Holmes. They moved to Alexandria and had two children, Holly and Greg. She and Mickey ran the Corner Bar for a while. She divorced Mickey and opened a luncheon restaurant.

In 1952, she married Charles (Chic) Haanen and they moved into a house in Alexandria. She worked at Olsen's Red Owl supermarket for 20 years, where she became a department manager. She was involved in the Ladies Auxiliary. She especially like spending the two weeks at the Fireman's Camp on Lake Latoka with her family and friends. Chic died of lung cancer at the age of 60 in 1973. She continued to work at Red Owl and helping her children as they left home.

In 1982, she married Earl Drussell. Earl died in 1997.

In December 2007, doctors discovered she had a type of bone cancer. She was able to meet her new great-grandson and great-granddaughter at Thanksgiving.

She enjoyed being a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved gardening and always had the most beautiful flowers and vegetables. She also enjoyed playing bridge with her close friends.

She is survived by her sister, Dorthy Schultz; daughter, Holly Haanen of Alexandria; sons, Greg (Gayle) Haanen of Alexandria, Rodney (Mary Jane) Haanen of International Falls, Minn., and Clyde (Liz) Horlick of Bemidji; step-sons, John Drussell and Bill (Linda) Drussell; 16 grandchildren and 15 great- grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Elmer, Loren and Paul Haas; and sister, Helen May.