Ann F. Hamilton, age 95, of Kimball, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, at Lakeside Healthcare in Dassel.
Ann Frances Hamilton was born April 15, 1921, to Frank and Frances (Smolniker) Burgstaler in Aitkin. She grew up on her parents’ farm in Dean Lake Township, with her eight brothers and sisters. Ann attended Dean Brook and Dean Lake Schools.
She was united in marriage to Rudolph Rantasha Sept. 27, 1941, in Crosby.
Rudolph died serving our country during World War II.
Ann was united in marriage Dec. 7, 1953 to Ernest E. Hamilton in Santa Ana, CA. She lived in Laguna Beach before returning to Minnesota and settling on a farm in Ellsworth Township, where she started mink ranching.
They were blessed with two children, Greg and Cory.
In January 1960, they moved to Kingston Township where they resumed raising mink until 1971.
Ann was also a freelance writer for more than 35 years for Tri-County News of Kimball.
She was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Kingston, where she served as a Sunday school teacher, on the church council, and was active in the ladies group.
Ann was also active in the Kingston Johnson Kelly American Legion Post 483 Auxiliary, Kingston Ladies Group, Kimball Senior Citizens, Darwin Town & Country Club, Augustana Homes Auxiliary of Litchfield, and was a 4-H leader in Kingston.
She volunteered her time at the Emmaus Gift Shop, the St. Cloud Veterans Medical Center, and Northwest Services of the Meeker County Red Cross.
In 1992, Ann was awarded Meeker County Outstanding Senior Citizen.
In her spare time, Ann enjoyed tending to her gardens, flowers, taking care of her yard, and doing handiwork.
She spent many winters in Arizona and California, and liked to travel across the United States, as well as to foreign countries. She also enjoyed the time she spent with her family in Canada, fishing.
Ann is survived by her children: Greg (Valerie) Hamilton of Appleton, WI, and Cory Hamilton-Burrows (Charlie Burrows) of Inver Grove Heights; five grandchildren: Molly and Emma Hamilton, Nick, Max, and Sam Burrows; great-grandchild Willow Young; siblings: Vickie McCollum of Oceanside, CA, Ollie DeYoung of Henderson, NV, Rudy (Joyce) Burgstaler of Kimball, and Ed (Helen) Burgstaler of Aitkin.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Rudolph Rantasha in 1945, and Ernest Hamilton in 1974; children Rudolph Leroy Rantasha, and Marlene Ann Rantasha; and siblings Pete Burgstaler, Frank Burgstaler, John Burgstaler, Sylvia Sabart, and Veronica Deblock.
Funeral services took place Monday, Feb. 20 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church inKimball, with the Rev. David Milz officiating.
Visitation was Sunday, Feb. 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Kimball, and one hour prior to the service at the church.
Burial took place at Forest City Cemetery in Litchfield.
The casket bearers were Lyle Burgstaler; Molly and Emma Hamilton; and Nick, Max, and Sam Burrows.
Arrangements were with Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Kimball.