Obit: Philmena "Phyllis" Hawn

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal
Philmena "Phyllis" Hawn

Philmena “Phyllis” Hawn, 79, a life-long resident of Devils Lake, N.D. passed away early Sunday morning, October 14, 2012 at Mercy Hospital surrounded by her beloved family.  

Mass of Christian Burial for Phyllis will be held on Wednesday, October 17 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Devils Lake.  Fr. C.F. Wilhelm will celebrate the Mass and burial will be in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake on Tuesday from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. with a Rosary and scripture service at 7 p.m.  Visitation on Wednesday will be at the church one hour prior to the funeral Mass.  

Serving as casket bearers for Phyllis will be her nephews; Tim Eback, Brad Severinson, Randy Severinson, Richard Rardon, Jamie Beck, Jeremy Beck and Jordan Hahn.  Honorary bearers will be all of the grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Gift bearers will be Phyllis’ grandchildren and Linda Eback will read the Scriptures.  Deacon Ken Severinson will assist at the Mass and be the Eucharistic Minister.  Music will be provided by Peter A. Hager and JoDee Lagein.  

Philmena Hawn was born on October 11, 1933 to Joseph and Johanna (Keller) Beck at Devils Lake.  She attended Lincoln Elementary School and St. Mary’s Academy.  She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and Phyllis lived in Devils Lake all of her life.  

Phyllis was united in marriage to Theodore Hawn on August 24, 1968 at Cando, N.D.  They made their home in Devils Lake through the years. She worked at Majestic Cleaners for several years prior to her marriage and after marriage worked at the Two Spot Café for many years and several other cafes in Devils Lake.  Phyllis retired in 1989 due to health problems.  When Phyllis was able to find the time, she was an avid reader and enjoyed doing Word Search Puzzles.  Phyllis spent her life as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister. After her Dad died at a very young age, as the oldest child in the family, she felt a great responsibility and a desire to help her mother in raising her younger siblings and also assisting in providing financial help whenever she could.  Even though Phyllis spent her life cooking for and serving others in the various cafes, on her days off she would make a point of preparing for her family and siblings whatever breakfast they asked for. That was Phyllis-loving, caring and serving others.  

Phyllis is survived by her husband, Ted; daughters, Debbie (Rick) Anderson of Fargo, N.D. and Jean (Dan) Hettwer of Devils Lake; sons, Joey (Danielle) Hawn of Devils Lake and Jeff (Susan) Hawn of Leeds, N.D.; three granddaughters, Christie Senger, Bailey Hawn and Megan Hawn; three grandsons, Scott (Dawnyll) Senger, Troy Hettwer and Dustin Hettwer; and three great grandchildren, Zachery, Kierstyn and Sierra; sisters, Katherine Eback, Doris Rardon and JoAnn (Duane) Hahn all of Devils Lake; brother, Casper (Linda) Beck also of Devils Lake; sisters-in-law, Helen Beck of St. Michael, N.D. and Joyce Carlson of Hibbing, Minn.; brother-in-law, Rudy Severinson also Devils Lake; and many nieces and nephews.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents; granddaughter, Emily Ann Hettwer; sister, Dolores Severinson; brothers, Raymond, Gerald and James Beck; brothers-in-law, Joseph Eback, Dwaine Rardon, Floyd Carlson, Donald Hawn and Robert Hawn; sisters-in-law, Jean Hackman and Vera Hendrickson.

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Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake, is in charge of arrangements.