LuAnn Marie Hennum passed away December 21, 2022, at her home surrounded by family after a courageous 30 year battle with breast cancer at the age of 68 years old.
LuAnn was born in Minneapolis, MN, on July 23, 1954 to Donald and Mary Lou (Peterson) Johnson. She was baptized in Minneapolis, MN and confirmed at Red River Lutheran Church in Kennedy, MN. LuAnn graduated from Hallock High School in 1972. She attended Moorhead State University for one year. On April 6, 1974, LuAnn married Jerry Hennum at Red River Lutheran Church in Kennedy, MN. They were blessed with three children – Jaclyn, Greggory, and Christopher.
LuAnn was a very kind hearted, generous and talented person. She dedicated herself wholeheartedly to everything she did despite any obstacles put in her way. She was an incredible daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, friend, and mentor who will be missed dearly. She grew up on a family farm, worked at Hallock Elementary School, summer migrant school and as a homemaker until her and Jerry bought their first resort on Oak Island in 1985 which started her 37 year career as a resort owner. After selling Angle Inn Lodge, she and Jerry went on to also own and operate Sportsman's Lodge and Sportsman's Eagle Ridge for many years along with various other businesses. She also worked at Lake of the Woods School for a while as a teacher’s aid. At the time of her death, she was one of the owners of Sportsman's Oak Island Lodge and Angle Inn Lodge. LuAnn was an extraordinary cook and business partner to Jerry. She was often referred to by many employees as their second mom.
Her family meant the world to her and she was an amazing mother and grandmother. She loved traveling with her girlfriends, family and friends venturing to many places all over the world, crafting, cooking, and spending winters at one of her and Jerry’s favorite places, Venice, FL. She was a woman of strong faith and lived by the motto “Choose Joy”. She enjoyed helping others, especially youth.
LuAnn was a member of Wabanica Lutheran Church in Baudette and a past member of the Red River Lutheran Church in Kennedy, MN.
LuAnn is survived by her children; daughter, Jaclyn LaValla (fiancé Kevin Peters); son, Greggory (Diana) Hennum; son Christopher (Melissa) Hennum; mother; Mary Lou Johnson; brothers; Darrel (Jodi ) Johnson and Peter (Polly) Johnson; sisters; Kathi Turner and Sue (Joe) Francis, sister in law; Patti Swanson (Charles), grandchildren; Cadence, Garrett, Wyatt, Estella, Avery, Maddie, Haleigh, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; Jerry Hennum, father; Donald Johnson, father in law; Gerald Hennum, mother in law; Lila Hennum, and brother-in-law; Kim Turner.
A Memorial Service for LuAnn will be held at First Lutheran Church in Baudette on Monday, January 9, 2023 at 11:00am with a visitation an hour prior. A Visitation will also be held the night before at Wabanica Lutheran Church in Baudette Sunday, January 8, from 6:00-8:00pm with a Prayer Service at 7:30pm.
If you wish, memorials can be sent to Border Bank, PO Box 1089 Baudette, MN 56623 made out to the The LuAnn Hennum Memorial Fund or sent to any cause close to your heart. Funds for the LuAnn Hennum Memorial Fund will be used for Youth Outreach and a Culinary Scholarship, a few of LuAnn’s passions.
Link to Service: https://fb.watch/hZn0wI9Cw2/