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Sanrda Rose Decker

Sandra Rose Decker

Sandra Rose Decker of Cloquet, Minn., passed away Sunday, June 8, 2014 at the age of 72 years, 3 months and 11 days, after a long and brave battle with cancer. She was born on Feb. 28, 1942, in Tracy, Minn., to Frank and Rose Hogen. The last of six children and the only one to be born in a hospital, Sandra grew up in Lucan, Minn., and graduated from Milroy High School in 1960. Following her marriage to George M. Decker on Sept. 14, 1963, she made her home in Cloquet and went on to raise their four children. During the 1970s and '80s she was active in the Mrs. Jaycees and the 11 Meter Mounties C.B. Club. Her hobbies included sewing, baking cookies and pies, doing word fill-ins, playing bingo, and of course she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Rose; sisters, Lucille Holznagel and Helen Jorgenson; and brothers, Frances, Donald and James Hogen.

Sandra is survived by her husband of 50 years, George; son, Jerry of Blaine; daughters, Michele (Jerome) Meier of Lakeville, Minn., Teresa Decker of Duluth, Minn., and Jennifer Decker of Cloquet; four grandchildren, Bailey and Jake Decker and Emily and Olivia Meier; brother-in-law, Gene (Betty) Lavan of Cloquet; sisters-in-law, Delores Hogen of Redwood and Delores Hogen of Lucan; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

Visitation: Saturday, June 21, from 9 a.m. until the 11 a.m. memorial service in Atkins-Northland Funeral Home, Cloquet, followed by a time of fellowship in the fireside room of the funeral home.

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June 19, 2014 ~ Pine Journal, Cloquet, Minn.