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Dolores Hakenson, 82

Dolores June Hakenson, 82, Alexandria, died February 8, 2009 at her home.

Dolores was born June 1, 1926 in Alexandria to Francis and Frankie (Nelson) Soderholm. After graduating from Alexandria High School, Dolores attended St. Cloud State and received a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. She taught one year in Wheaton and then moved to Norcross, at which time she married Cheslie Hakenson on June 18, 1948.

In Norcross, Dolores taught school and piano. She was also a Girl Scout leader and belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary. After Norcross they moved back to the Alexandria area where Dolores continued teaching. Dedicated and committed to children, Dolores taught a total of 43 years in different schools including Nelson, Garfield, Washington and, of course, she taught Sunday school.

Always thinking of others, Dolores crocheted herself into our hearts. Her ability to create patterns and transform yarn into tablecloths, blankets, hats, doilies, dishcloths, afghans and even plastic bag purses amazed us all. Donating her time and crafts to the auctions at church and senior center thrilled her heart.

Blessing others came naturally to Dolores. She sent money to a Philippine girl named Rowena Tita, which paid for her schooling, elementary through college. She volunteered at the senior center, Knute Nelson, and even received a certificate for volunteering more than 2,000 hours at Bethany Home.

After retiring, Dolores enjoyed traveling. She visited Alaska, Australia, New Zealand and many European countries.

She is survived by two brothers, Donald Soderholm of Alexandria and Dwayne Soderholm of Alexandria; nieces and nephews, Scott and Kate Soderholm of Alexandria, Susan and Ken Persons of Cambridge, Kathy and Jay Morrell of Monticello, Leone and Mike Howe of Glenwood, Joan and Bill Osterberg of Chaska, Kraig and Dawne Soderholm of California, Linda Soderholm of California, Shelly Soderholm of California, Keith Larson of Prior Lake; 13 great-nieces and nephews; and 14 great-great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Cheslie Hakenson; siblings, Kenneth Soderholm and Darleen Larson; and great-nephew, Judd Osterberg.

A funeral service was held Thursday, February 12 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Alexandria with the Rev. Dale Olson officiating. Interment was at Evergreen Cemetery. Casket bearers were Scott Soderholm, Andrew Soderholm, Kraig Soderholm, Jay Morrell, Earl Olson and Ken Persons. Becky Worley played the organ and Barbara DeGrote Sorenson was the soloist.

Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria;