Sylvia Hauser, 100, of Aitkin and formerly of McGregor died Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born May 7, 1917 in Menahga, the daughter of Nick and Hilma (Jarvinen) Luoma, both Finnish immigrants.
She attended school and graduated from Menahga High School. She was united in marriage to Alec Bokovoy on February 28, 1942 in Minneapolis, where they made their home. Alec passed away May 13, 1964.
On September 4, 1970 she married Wilbert Hauser. In September of 1971 they moved to Aitkin County near McGregor, where they had a 10,000 chicken farm operation for the sale of eggs. They sold the farm in 1979 to retire. Prior to 1971 Sylvia was employed by the State of Minnesota for 33 years, 10 years with the Secretary of State and 23 years as a statistician with the Department of Employment Security.
Sylvia was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in McGregor from 1971 to the present. She enjoyed reading, music, sewing, and travel. She was fluent in the Finnish language and enjoyed three trips to Finland to visit relatives. She had also studied the Spanish language and found that useful when traveling in Mexico, Spain, and Costa Rica.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband Alec Bokovoy in 1964, her second husband Wilbert Hauser in 2001, and a brother and sister, both in infancy. Sylvia is survived by three step-children and their spouses: Grant Hauser, Jeffrey Hauser, and Camille Dombovy; eight grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m. on Friday, March 9, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in McGregor. Reverend Joshua Reinke will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Menahga Village Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.