Edna Swanke Haverluck Meske, age
100, of Lakota, ND, died Wednesday, August 3, 2011
at the Lakota Good Samaritan Center.
born October 1, 1910 in New Richmond, WI. She lived
on a farm at Boardman, WI with her parents, August
and Hulda (Roeske) Swanke and three siblings, Alvin,
Elmer, and Lois until she was six years old. The family
then moved to a farm NE of Lakota, ND, known as the
“Big Farm”. Edna was educated in the Lakota Public
School where she graduated in 1929. Following graduation
she attended Minot Teachers College. She taught school
in Mapes, Nelson County, ND, and in Walsh, Ramsey,
Traill, and Cass County schools in ND. She taught
Special Education in West Fargo, ND for 10 ½
years. She retired in 1975. Edna married Lawrence
Haverluck in 1939. He died in 1967 as a result of
open heart surgery. Edna married Henry Meske in Minot
in 1979. Henry had a hearing aid business and was
a retired minister. He was active as a supply minister
in Minot and the surrounding area. Henry died in 1988.
Edna moved back to Fargo where she became reacquainted
with some of her old friends and found new ones to
especially play cards (bridge). Edna moved to Lakota
Prairie Rose in April 2002. She moved to the Lakota
Good Samaritan Center in November 2004. That became
her home and the staff and residents became her family.
survived by three nieces, Lynda Swanke of Kent, WA,
Eleanor Swanke of Culver, IN, and Audrey Swanke of
Lakota, ND; and numerous grand nieces and nephews.
preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; her
brothers, Alvin “A.E.” and Elmer; her sister, Lois
Wright; her nephews, John Wright, John, Harry, and
Donovan Swanke; and nieces, Jacqueline Ettl and Sonia
Service for Edna will be held at the Aaker Funeral
Home of Lakota, ND, on Saturday, August 6, 2011 at
10:30 a.m. Officiating will be the Reverend Sue Mackey.
Music will be provided by Jason Flom. Interment will
be in the Lakota Cemetery. Visitation will be held
at the funeral home on Saturday, beginning at 9:30
a.m. until the time of service