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Anne Stokowski

Anne Stokowski

Thursday, November 26th, 1925 Sunday, July 26th, 2020

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Obituary for Anne Stokowski (Kocon)

Anne (Kocon) Stokowski

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Anne Stokowski. Anne passed away at the age of 94 on Sunday July 26, 2020. Anne was a lifelong resident of Northeast Minneapolis and a graduate of Edison High School. She was consistently described as an amazing and remarkable person who folks were lucky and thankful to have in their lives. She had a warm and welcoming smile, an empathetic and generous spirit, a kind heart and a loving touch. She loved little kids, had a curious mind, was fun, had a quick wit and was known for throwing wonderful Christmas celebrations. Anne dedicated herself to helping others, she volunteered frequently, and was a terrific care giver to many always putting the needs of others first and always displaying empathy and compassion. Anne served in the MN state senate and was proud to represent the needs of Northeast Minneapolis, Columbia Heights and St. Anthony. She loved being a wife, a mom, a grandmother, a great grandmother, a sister, an aunt, a friend, a neighbor, and a helping hand. She will be greatly missed by many. She is irreplaceable. Anne was preceded in death by her husband Gene Stokowski, parents Victoria and Joseph Kocon, Julius and Elizabeth Stokowski, her siblings and their spouses: Mary (Bill), Polly (Jimmy), John (Norma), Emelia, Jenny (Stan), Helen (Jack), Karl, (Gwen), and Dody (Fred), sisters-in-law Florence Kukielka and Mary Ann Paulson, great-granddaughter Kaida , best friends Ardys and Frank Wolinski. She is survived by her brothers Frank and Ray (DeAnne); children: Barb, Steve (Bev), Laura, Rob, Jean (Tom); grandchildren: Joe (Jenna) and Sara, her most beloved great-grandchildren: Kaladin and Kiya, as well as many adoring nieces, nephews and friends. In lieu of memorials, please donate to a charity that reminds you of Anne’s spirit. The greatest gift you could do to honor Anne would be to reach out and spend quality time with someone that is lonely, vulnerable or isolated. Anne would say “Don’t Rush”, enjoy your time with them. Private Services. A Celebration of Life will be held, details to follow.

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    Wednesday, August 5th, 2020 |
    Fort Snelling National Cemetery
    7601 34th Ave S,
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    Wednesday, August 5th, 2020
    Private Family burial

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Michelle Matt

Aunt Anne I also remember spending Christmas Eve at your house until we moved out of state in 1968. One Christmas you gave me a coke machine. I thought that was the best present ever! You were an amazing lady I’m sure Uncle Gene was so happy to see you and finally take you home. I wish I could be there tomorrow, I will be there in Spirit. Give my love to the family up there especially my mom😘 Love And God Bless you Michelle AKA Shelly
Comment | Posted at 10:37pm via Condolence

Jan Land and Ken Gardner

With loving memories of Anne Stokowski. A beloved aunt. A tribute to a life well lived. Praying for peace and comfort for you.
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Frank Kocon

Aunt Annie,
So many wonderful memories you are leaving us with!
Our families going to Lindstrom and grilling on the hibachi on the pontoon boat. Always inviting the entire family & friends to join your family on Christmas Eve. I remember the first time I brought Dale, he couldn't believe how many cousins we had and the unlimited amount of polish traditional food you made. Thanks for the memories, the traditions you have instilled in us and the importance of family. Thanks for being such a great Aunt! Please give a big hug to my mom when you see her!
We miss you already!
Comment | Posted at 12:35pm via Condolence

Frank Kocon

To my Sister Ann:
I think of the times we had with eleven in the family and we had only one tub and toilet and no shower and we still accomplished all that needed to be done. When we sat at the table to eat, it was shut up and eat, and you better eat whether you liked it or not, as that was all you were going to get until the next meal. After supper there were no snacks or ice Cream. That was unheard of. Everybody had chores from setting the table, doing the dishes, and sweeping the kitchen floor after every meal.
We had eight apple trees and in the fall I would get up on the ladder and pick apples and drop them down and Ann would catch them, wrap them and put them in a bushel basket and we put them in the fruit cellar and would have an apple a day in our lunch bags for school through February the next year.
Remember in the winter we would go to the grocery store and get cardboard boxes to slide down the hill on, as we were too poor to afford a sled or toboggan.
Then you got married to Gene and rented the upstairs at Basara’s. Gwen and I would come over on a Friday or Saturday night and take care of Barbara & Bucko while you usually went to Jax’s with Frank & Ardis Wolinski for supper. Fresh one lb. Lobster was $6.99 with all the trimmings. Today $50.00? How times have changed.
Then all the times we would go to church on Sunday morning and then head out to Rose Hill resort in Lindstrom. We would rent a ponton and Gene would make breakfast for all, on the grill he brought along. We would come in at noon for lunch and the kids would swim for a while and then back out on the lake to do some fishing.
The fun times we had campaigning for Gene by going door to door with literature, putting up voting signs and then coming back to the house and you would have a variety of foods and beverages for the workers when they returned. Lots of work, but a lot of fun too.
When Gwen & I got married, Ann offered to let Gwen wear her wedding dress for the occasion.
That’s was how cool my sister Ann was, always willing to help others out and we saved a lot of money.

The Christmas party’s every year with the Kocon’s, Stokowski’s, Kukielka’s and Paulson families & many friends were always a treat and everybody looked forward to these events. These were always happy times and Ann never complained about all the hard work and cleaning beforehand.
To the Stokowski family, I would like to give my condolences, because moms are always so special, but remember God has her in a happier place with her husband Gene and their families, relatives and friends.
God Bless, Love
Brother Frank
Comment | Posted at 12:24pm via Condolence

Jean Serie

Uncle Butch, Thanks for the beautiful words and memories. Tom and I really appreciate it. My mom loved her siblings and their spouses so much. Hopefully they are all having a big party in the sky!
Posted at 09:20pm

Mary Fran Schwartz

I remember your mom cheering at our basketball games. She was an amazing woman! So sorry for your loss.
Comment | Posted at 09:39am via Condolence

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