October 8, 2015 at 3:57 p.m.
Harriet Ann Simning was born January 27, 1927, at home in Redwood County, MN to Howard and Mary (Rucktueschel) Simning. Harriet grew up on the family farm near Wabasso, MN. At age 14 she became a nanny for two small children near Excelsior, MN. She then moved to St. Paul where she worked a fulltime job at American Linen while attending high school. She graduated from Washington High School in 1944, moved to Chicago to train as a teletype operator for Western Union and worked on the war equipment order line during WWII. Harriet was a graphic artist at 3M for 20 years.
Following retirement, she enjoyed 15 years as an Edina realtor in the Taylors Falls, MN area.
Harriet enjoyed being with family and friends, traveling to many countries, meeting new people, fishing, and being outdoors. She is well known for her conversations at Coffee Talk, spontaneous singing and dancing, and home baked bread and buns. Harriet claimed everyone as her “favorite”.
Harriet is survived by her life partner of 32 years, Sarah MacDougall; her children Victoria (Richard) Koehler, Don (Sydney Paredes) Hansen, and William (Ranae) Hansen Sr., 12 grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. Harriet is preceded in death by her parents, brothers Dony, Darold, and Douglas Simning; sister Lucy (Simning) Mosier, and husband Seth William Peterson Sr.
Harriet’s celebration of life service will be October 17, 2015 at 11 am at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Taylors Falls, Minnesota. Visitation will be at 10:00am. Lunch will follow the service at noon at the Taylors Falls Community Center. Because of Harriet’s passion for feeding hungry children, memorials are preferred to First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Taylors Falls- Food for Kids Program, in lieu of flowers.
Harriet lived her life demonstrating love first. She often said “Love is really all there is, the rest is fluff!”
Arrangements by Grandstrand Funeral Home in Lindstrom. Condolences maybe left at www.grandstrand fh.com
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