Elaine Margaret Wruck Hanggi

A rosary and celebration of life was held Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at the Howell, Edwards, Doerksen Funeral Home of Salem, Ore. for Elaine Margaret Wruck Hanggi, 91, of Salem and formerly of Munich.

Elaine Hanggi

Posted on 5/15/14

She died one day after her 91 birthday on April 30, 2014, at her home in Lancaster Village Retirement Home in Salem surrounded by all of her children.

Interment at St. Barbara’s Cemetery.

Elaine Margaret Wruck Hanggi was born April 29, 1923, in Elysian Township, Gardena to Arthur C. and Gertrude M. Wruck. She was the second child of five children, with an older sister and a younger brother and two younger sisters. The Wruck family later moved to Huron Township, where she was educated and graduated high school from Huron School in 1941. She was raised in the Lutheran faith until she wed Maxmillian Clymer Hanggi in Munich on June 24, 1942 and converted to Catholism. Her first date with Max was when he asked her to the Clyde carnival. They raised five children together; Rodney, Marie, Coleen, Melanie and Corrin. They lost Max in July 1976. At 16 she worked as a cook in a cook car for a threshing crew, later as a dish washer, seamstress and a nurse’s aide. She was a Toy House, Tupperware and Avon salesperson and a cook at the Munich School. Also throughout her life, she worked side by side with Max on the family farm until their retirement in 1973. While living in Munich, she was a member of a Villa Lanes bowling league, Christian Mothers and the Elks. She and Max enjoyed many evenings taking turns hosting neighborhood card parties, entertaining exchange students and traveling extensively together. They made many trips to Rainy Lake and Rock Lake, Canada; visiting neighbors, fishing and boating with their children and friends. Not to be bested by her children, she nearly drowned herself learning how to waterski when she was in her forties. One of her best known and appreciated talents was her baking. Every Saturday she made homemade bread, buns and cinnamon rolls. Many times her children were scolded for snitching the heels off her warm bread loaves. Having her fresh cinnamon rolls after Sunday mass became a family tradition. After her youngest daughter graduated college in 1979, she moved to Salem, Ore. While living in Salem, she became active in the Senior Citizens of Kaiser, the Eagles, American Legion Auxiliary and Widows & Widowers Club. She also became involved in real estate, at one time owning two farms in North Dakota, two homes and three duplexes in Salem and properties in Florida and New Mexico. She enjoyed sewing, ceramics, crocheting, quilting, reading and dancing. She also enjoyed travelling and her years saw many trips, including two up the Alcan Highway to Alaska, Europe, Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, Puerto Vallarta, Panama Canal, Belize, numerous trips to various locations in Canada and throughout the lower 48 United States with family and friends. She was proud of the fact she had visited all 50 states. She sold her house and moved to Lancaster Village Retirement Home in 2006. She had made a very difficult decision to give up driving and her car, and thus, relinquished much of her independence. She was smart. She was feisty. She was resourceful. She was a woman who fought for what she believed in. She was a strong willed woman who was not afraid to speak her mind or voice her opinion. She led her life with these traits and encouraged her children to do the same. She faced challenges head on. She was a hard worker – even in her 80s, she could still work circles around most people. She was an excellent example of good work ethics and habits.

Elaine was preceded in death by her husband, Max; by her parents, Arthur and Gertrude Wruck; her brother, Donald Wruck; sisters, Genevieve Meredith and Doreen Tabert; and son-in-law, Donald Hoel.

Elaine is survived by her son Rodney Hanggi (Pat) of Horace; daughters Marie Hoel of Salem, Coleen Bourgeois of Beaverton, Ore., Melanie Heald of Newberg, Ore. and Corrin Belle (Lynn) of Egeland; her grandsons Jarrod Hoel of Aloha, Ore. and Arin Belle of Egeland and great grandson Landon Belle of Fargo. She is also survived by her sister Nola Glock of Fargo.

Memorials sent will be forwarded to the charities she had chosen.