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Myrna Hentges

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Myrna M. Hentges age 94 of New Hampton, IA, died Wednesday, November 25, 2020, at MercyOne Medical Center in New Hampton. A Private Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 1, 2020, at Holy Family Parish, New Hampton with Rev. Brian Dellaert celebrating the Mass. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, New Hampton. There will not be a public visitation. Join the family live on the Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home Facebook page. In lieu of flowers, memorials are desired to MercyOne New Hampton, Chickasaw County Food Pantry or the American Cancer Society. Myrna Mae Hentges was born November 1, 1926, in New Hampton, Iowa, the daughter of Harold and Kathleen “Kate” (Murray) Costigan. Myrna was raised in Lawler, Iowa and received her education there, graduating from the Lawler High School in 1944. She met Francis “Shorty” Hentges at a dance in Lawler, and that was fitting for they danced through life together after exchanging vows on April 16, 1947. They knew the ballrooms of Northeast Iowa by heart. Spillville’s Inwood Ballroom was her favorite, but honestly, if she was dancing with Shorty, that’s all that mattered. Their family grew to include Kathy, Jerry, Colleen and Tom, and Myrna was a caring, kind mother who loved her family first and foremost. Her 71-year marriage to Shorty was filled with many ups, a few downs, but they always enjoyed the good times and endured the heartbreaks together. In their younger years, Myrna and Shorty enjoyed camping with their family, and later in life, they always looked forward to the first week in August because that’s when they would gather with their children and grandchildren at Yellow Lake in Wisconsin. Myrna worked various part-time jobs when her children were younger, but when Tom began going to school full days, she took a job as deputy auditor of Chickasaw County, and she served the public well — very well — for almost 20 years at the courthouse. She was the best grandmother, and her grandchildren and their friends loved spending a day at the pool in New Hampton and then going to Myrna’s house because they knew her candy drawer was always full. Her son, Jerry, passed away from cancer in 2010, and ever since, Myrna’s family took part in “Jerry’s Run” during the weekend of the Twin Cities Marathon. Some would run, some would walk, but what was important was the Hentges family was together and honoring the memory of Jerry. Myrna remained active into her 90s. Before Shorty died in 2018, they loved going to Chickasaw baseball and football games, and there was no better day than one spent with her family. For 94 years, she lived a life of compassion, and those that knew her will never forget that Myrna smile. Although it’s always hard to say goodbye — especially to someone as caring and loving as Myrna — her family and friends know that today she is dancing in Heaven with her beloved Shorty. Survivors include two daughters, Kathy (Mark) Timlin of Lawler, Colleen (Paul) Kruger of New Hampton; one son, Tom (Carol) Hentges of Eagan, MN; daughter-in-law, Paula Hentges of Spirit Lake, IA; eight grandchildren, Tera (Ben) O’Malley, Brooke (Aaron) Batchelder, Ryan Timlin, Leah (Jake) Cruze, Heather (Chance) Harvey, Molly Timlin, Jenna Hentges and Matt Hentges; ten great grandchildren; one sister, Ann Grace of Oelwein, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband on October 27, 2018; son, Jerry Hentges; sister, Helen Jane Henry.

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  1. We extend our deepest condolences to Myrna’s family. She was a lovely lady in all ways. Rest In Peace Myrna . God is with her.

  2. So sorry to see this! She was the absolute, sweetest lady and such a sharp mind 😢prayers sent to her family!!

  3. We’re so sorry to hear of Myrna’s passing. I remember her always having a smile on her face and being an awesome neighbor. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. Randy and Bonnie Schumacher

  4. I comfort myself envisioning Myrna and Shorty dancing once again in heaven!! Prayers for the wonderful family she and Shorty created. 💕

  5. So sorry to hear this out thoughts and prayers to the families 🙏🏻🙏🏻 she was the sweetest lady will be missed!

  6. Kathy and Colleen, So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. She was such a lovely lady and I so enjoyed visiting with her the last few years. My sympathy and prayers to all family members.

  7. We are so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was such a dear lady and always so friendly. I met your Mom for the first time when she came into BE Mick’s Clothing store and she was always so friendly to wait on. I will miss not running into her and our little chats. Our sympathy to all the family.

  8. Deepest sympathy to you all. Kathy, so glad I got to see her with you last week. Sending prayers of comfort to you all.

  9. I will miss Myrna, we had talked about a fish fry soon and I was so looking forward to it. My sincere sympathy to the whole family. She was one of the sweetest ladies I have ever known. RIP my sweet cousin and friend.

  10. Our sympathy to Myrna’s family. A remarkable woman and always smiling. Sincerely, Louise and Donn Harris

  11. This makes me so sad! What a lovely lady, huge heart and amazing personality! She will be missed greatly. Prayers to the family.

  12. I’m so glad I called her when I was in New Hampton in October heading back to Phx. Would love to have visited with her but couldn’t because of covid. Will miss my visits with her when passing through New Hampton. 😢Love, Sharon

  13. Kathy and family, So sorry for your loss! Myrna will be missed. Treasure your memories, may they provide comfort during this difficult time.

  14. Kathy and Family: My condolences to you. Your Mom was never without a smile on her face and an Irish twinkle in her eye.

  15. Mrs Hentges was always so welcoming when I visited their home to play with Kathy when we were in grade school. It was the same each time I visited New Hampton over the years when I would meet her in a store. She was a beautiful woman in every way. Maybe she felt the need to be with Shorty this Thanksgiving. My love to her family. Nancy Lee

  16. You’ve all lost a special beautiful lady. We’ve spent time with your folks remembering stories of the past. You all treasure your memories and we keep you all in our prayers

  17. My deepest sympathy and prayers to Myrna’s family. Myrna was such a nice person, and I always enjoyed visiting with her.

  18. So sorry to read of Myrna’s passing. She was a beautiful woman both inside and out. Shorty and Myrna held a special place in the hearts of the Louie and Elaine Gitch family-oh the stories our parents shared! God’s peace be with you 🙏 Mike and Nancy Gitch Petersen

  19. Hentges Family, Myrna was a wonderful lady. I have such fond memories of your parents and mine dancing the night away at ballrooms across NE Iowa, the Inwood in Spillville being their favorite. She and Shorty are joined again to dance in the Heavens above. Gretchen Gitch-Warkentin

  20. Our sympathy and prayers to Kathy and Colleen and all of Myrna’s family. She was a classy lady, always sweet and friendly. So sorry for your loss.

  21. Kathy, Colleen, Tom, and families, You have our deepest sympathy for your loss. Myrna was such a sweet women. She always had a smile on her face and wondered how you were doing. May she Rest In Peace!

  22. I loved being a friend of Myrna. She was always so gracious and smiling.!!!! We bowled together many years. Our girls were in school together, also .You and Shorty are now reunited in Heaven. Love you and miss you. !!!

  23. What a sweetheart! Myrna was a beautiful example of what the world needs now….whenever our paths crossed she always had a beautiful smile and kind comment to share. Myrna was kind, beautiful, charming, devoted..and I know her spirit lives on in the hearts of her family, you have lots of great memories, hopefully sharing them together eases the pain. Shorty and Jerry were waiting for her at the open Heaven’s Gate. Our deepest sympathy to all.

  24. I remember meeting Myrna at physical rehab. She was a lovely lady with a big smile and very friendly. She was always cheerful and chatty. She was also the mother of a very sweet daughter, Kathy, who was in my class. Kathy took very good care of both of her parents, and she will miss them terribly. But they are both in heaven together again. Take care, Kathy, and God bless you.

  25. Dear Kathy, Colleen, and Tom, Our family would like to extend your sincere condolence to you and your family. Myrna was a wonderful little lady.

  26. To Myrna’s Family – my parents are Louie and Elaine Gitch. A smile comes to me when I think back to Mom and Dad announcing they were going to spend a Saturday night dancing with Shorty and Myrna. They so looked forward to the evening. The 20 year statute of limitations had to expire before my Mom ever told us about all of the fun they had together. We should all be so lucky to have friends like Shorty and Myrna were to my Mom and Dad. May Myrna rest in peace and have perpetual light shine upon her. All the best. Joe and Joyce Gitch

  27. So sorry to hear of Myrna’s passing. She was such a lovely person! Our prayers and sympathy to each and everyone of you. Leon and Nancy Wegner

  28. Hentges Family, Our deepest sympathies in the loss of your mom,grandma, great grandma. What a wonderful lady she was. We always enjoyed the time we got to spend with Myrna and came away from that time energized and wanting to be more dedicated to our family and friends -like Myrna. Love to all, Shawn and RJ Brownlee

  29. Kathy, my sympathy to you and your family. Your Mom was a delight to visit with and her smile was a gift to all! My prayers at this difficult time, may she rest in peace.

  30. to the hentges family i was sorry to hear of myrnas passing. i grew up with the hentges family with jerry being a close friend. always liked going to the house for a visit and always felt welcome . to jerrys girls paula and the rest of the hentges family sympathies to all

  31. Hentges Family, We heard that you lost your wonderful mother and wanted to share our condolences. She and Shorty were so important to our parents and aunts and uncles. What good times they had. The stories seemed to become more embellished each time they were told!! Aren’t we fortunate to have grown up in such loving families. Thinking of you. Kathy Hentges Sandy Hentges Meleney

  32. Myrna was my first cousin on my dad’s side. I will always remember her as a gracious, kind, friendly, and caring lady. She is enjoying her heavenly reward with Shorty and her loved ones. Rest in Peace, Myrna. Patrick Murray Chicago, Il

  33. So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She and your dad were good friends of my folks. My father, M Warren did his livestock business with “Shorty “. Jerry was a great fun-loving member of my class. You’ve been blessed to have such a wonderful family. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Gary Griffin

  34. God Bless the Hentges at the loss of Myrna. I worked with Jerry at Sara Lee in 1972. He talked about his family all the time. Our prayers go out to you all Dave Mayo

  35. We send our sympathy to Myrna’s family. She was such a warm and friendly woman and a good example for all of us. We plan to make a donation in her honor to Mercy One New Hampton. Thank you for sharing her with the community. Joe and Mary Sharon Peraud

  36. Myrna and Shorty were such a joy. John worked with Shorty in the hog business. Our sympathy to family. John and Marr Jenatscheck, Waseca, Mn.

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