Laura (Laurie) Lee Rebecca (Wilhelmi) Hanf, 43, of rural Stewartville, died unexpectedly of natural causes at home on Saturday, August 4th, 2018.
Laurie was born in Austin, MN, on May 10th, 1975, to Steven Wilhelmi and Sandra (Eastman) Schoenwetter. She married Jesse Hanf on September 9th, 1995, in Rochester, MN. She was the doting mother of Katelyn (fiancé Cody Neverman) Hanf, 24, and Conner Hanf, 21. Together they built their home in Stewartville and raised their family.
She attended Byron High School and Rochester Community and Technical College. Laurie was employed at Mayo Clinic as a Pathology Reporting Specialist and was also an independent Mary Kay Beauty Consultant in her spare time.
Laurie had a big personality and a big heart, especially for her family. Her children were her entire world - her interests were her children's interests, and their passion was her passion. Her husband was her high school sweetheart and they will be celebrating their 23rd year of marriage this fall. Laurie enjoyed taking road trips, boating on the Mississippi River and Leech Lake, shopping for flowers with her mother, gardening in her yard, making honey-do lists, and, of course, beating her family at board games. She was the best daughter, mother, and one day, grandmother that anyone could have ever asked for. She was adored by many and will be greatly missed for many years to come.
Laurie is survived by her parents Sandra (Tim) Schoenwetter of Stewartville, and Steven (Bette) Wilhelmi of Duluth; brothers Michael (Susan Roeder) Wilhelmi of Stillwater, Adam (Kyla) Schoenwetter of Middleton, WI, and Jesse Schoenwetter of Rochester; parents-in-law Jan Hanf of Rochester, and Jerry (Diane) Hanf of Spring Valley; siblings-in-law Stacy Hanf of Wabasha, Jason (Stephanie) Hanf of Wabasha, and Jeff (Heidi) Hanf of Rochester; nieces and nephews Eleanor, Alana, Peter, Austin, Wyatt, Arianna, Allivia, and Cora; and special cousin Arianne (Ryan) Steenblock of Panora, IA and their children Arilyan and Brody.
The family will receive friends at visitation on Wednesday, August 8th, 2018 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home (5421 Royal Place NW, Rochester, MN 55901) and one hour prior to the service at the church. A celebration of Laurie's life will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, August 9th, 2018 at Zion Lutheran Church (400 5th Ave. NE, Stewartville, MN 55976). To share a special memory or condolence, please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com.
Mom's quote: "Promise me you'll always remember: you're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." - Christopher Robin from Winnie the Pooh
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Jesse, I am so very sorry to hear of Laurie's passing. Know that my prayers are asking
God to gather you to Him, to wrap you in strength and His comfort, for your heart. /Diane Koball Heald
I am so sorry to hear about Laurie's passing. I know she will be greatly missed! Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. - Chey (Heidi's friend)
Laurie will be missed by everyone who knew her . Her grace , kindness , and love of life will go on forever.
How can this be real? I just can't wrap my mind around it. Jesse, Conner, Kate; we are so, so sorry for your loss. I don't need to tell you what a gem of a person she was, because you already know. We will never forget her. Thinking of you all at this tough time.
I am so sorry to see that your daughter has passed. Too young to leave this world. I pray she rests in Christ's open and loving arms.
She had the smile that was so amazing !
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