Obituary: LuAnn Manecke Hamilton
LuAnn Manecke Hamilton, age 84, of Stevens Point, died July 26, 2018 at Maple Ridge Assisted Living in Plover, WI.
LuAnn was born on July 18, 1934 to Raymond and Ruby (Keillor) Manecke in Bemidji, Minnesota. There she spent her youth and graduated from Bemidji High School in 1952. In her adult years, she was dedicated to her family and her community. While raising her three children, she taught Sunday school and confirmation classes, volunteered time working with the Girl Scouts, helped develop motivation programs at local nursing homes and recorded books on tape for blind college students through the Library of Congress. As her children grew older, she started her own sewing business called Sew & Sew in Mason City, IA. There she provided services from simple repairs and alterations to creating custom clothing and designs. Her most exciting customer was an Elvis impersonator for whom she designed numerous costumes. In 1980 she decided to pursue her dream of going to college and began attending Bemidji State University in Bemidji Minnesota. During this time she worked as a Social Worker at Bello Group Homes in Effie, Minnesota. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1985. She went on to further her education and attained a Master of Arts Degree from The University of North Dakota – Grand Forks in 1986, again graduating Magna Cum Laude. Following college, LuAnn relocated to Stevens Point and started her career as a Psychotherapist at Children’s Service Society and retired as Director of Services after 16 years of stalwart service.
LuAnn will be remembered most for her loving and giving nature, sense of style and creativity. Sewing was one of her great passions and her artistry and crafting ability led her to embark on numerous projects. While an enthusiastic member of Sweet Adelines, she designed and made costumes for them and for the Barbershoppers. Faith was also very important to LuAnn. She was a life-long member of the Lutheran Church who relished singing in the church choir and participating in Stephens Ministry. Her dramatic flair lead to the creation of her alter-ego, Madame DePalma, who read palms at parties and private events, to the delight of many. She was an avid cyclist (both pedal and motorized), loved gardening, fishing, and listening to all types of music. She also traveled extensively to enjoy operatic and performance arts.
She is survived by loving and devoted husband, Gurdon Hamilton; children, Jackie (Larry) Brage, John (Debra) Sjolinder, and Tracie (David) Fenske; grandchildren, Katie (Thomas Winters) Brage, Erin Sjolinder, Summer Brage, & Amy Lu Brage. She is further survived by great-grandchildren, Bentley, Lily, Nova, and Carter; sister, Janyce Mielke, brother, Rodger (Lena) Manecke, and numerous extended family members.
She was preceded in death by parents Raymond and Ruby Manecke, former husbands, Edward Sjolinder and Russell Dickinson, brother-in-law, Duane Mielke, and faithful cat companion, Mimi.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 18, 2018, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Stevens Point with Rev. Clay Schmit officiating. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. up to the time of service, at the church. A luncheon will follow the service. Burial will take place in Northwood, Iowa at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in LuAnn’s memory to Trinity Lutheran Church, Stevens Point, Humane Society of Portage County or Center Point Chorus/Sweet Adelines Steven’s Point.