I have so many memories of Harriet and all the fun that we had at the farm. She made farm chores a load of fun. She will be dearly missed.
Funeral Mass for Harriet will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, November 17, 2017 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Graettinger. Interment is in St. Jacob's Catholic Cemetery. The family will greet friends from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Thursday at the church.
Harriet Elizabeth Herke, daughter of Ed and Ina (Burg) Herke was born Dec. 3, 1934 near Osgood, IA. She attended a nearby country grade school, then high school in Graettinger. She loved playing guard on the basketball team. She continued to follow girls basketball by going to Des Moines every year for the state tournament. While in high school she met and dated her classmate, Richard Duhn. They graduated from Graettinger High School together in May of 1953.
Harriet and Richard were united in marriage on January 8, 1955 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Graettinger. After their marriage, the couple lived in Ft. Bragg, NC where Richard was stationed in the Army. Following his service, they moved back to a farm near Graettinger. Richard worked at the John Morrell packing plant and Harriet did the majority of the farming. She enjoyed doing things outdoors and always had a large garden.
Following in her mother's footsteps, she was known for her homemade buns and cinnamon rolls for family. She, and her siblings always had a camera with them. She was known for constantly taking pictures. She enjoyed taking trips to Leech Lake with her siblings, which included fishing and researching genealogy.
Harriet and Richard were antique collectors. They were in charge of the Graettinger Labor Day Parade for over 30 years. They enjoyed going to their Silveridge Home in Mesa, AZ for the winter for nearly 30 years. She would spend time hiking, making dolls and playing cards with friends.
Harriet was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Graettinger and Catholic Daughters of America for over 55 years.
On Tuesday, November 14, 2017, Harriet passed away at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Estherville.
Left to cherish her memory are her children: daughter, Jackie Holm (Tim) of Cable, WI and his two children: Lisa Natywa (Jeff) and Michelle Holm; three sons: Paul Duhn of Graettinger and his daughter, Karen Kuper (fiancé, Trinity) and her two children: Ali and Abby, Bruce Duhn of Sioux Rapids, Brad Duhn of Graettinger (special friend, Michele); two brothers: Edmund Herke of Emmetsburg, Larry Herke (Sheila) of Mankato, MN; sister, MaryLane Cunningham of Pontiac, IL; brothers-in-law: George Tonderum of Emmetsburg and Ray Duhn (Evonne) of Spirit Lake; sister-in-law, Betty Kane (Jim) of San Jose, CA;
She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Richard; her parents; sister, Shirley Tonderum; baby brother, Dwain Herke; sister-in-law, Fern Herke; brother-in-law Richard Cunningham and her niece, Diane Alesch.
Jackie: We send you and your family our kindest thoughts and love. Be gentle with yourselves as you remember your mom. Wishing you Peace, dear friend.
I remember all the times our family would go to the "farm"! Aunt Harriet always made sure we had the best time and a farm experience we didn't get in town. Kittens in the barn, playing in the grove, swinging from the hay loft! She was the best! RIP
Our sympathies you Jackie, other family members and friends. Prayers being sent.
Aunt Harriet was always so nice to me whenever I visited Iowa. She and Uncle Richard were my godparents. I know that they are both in a better place now. Hugs and prayers to all.
I remember Harriet when she came to visit Richard at Hilltop Care Center. She was so nice to everyone. My sympathies to her friends and family.
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