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“Sending my belated condolences to everyone on Renetta's passing. Jackie, I am so sorry I missed this until today! Hugs Always Cousin,Susie ”
1 of 10 | Posted by: Sue Mules - Anoka, MN - Family

“Kari, so sorry for your loss. I remember looking out and seeing your mom's smiling face when I was in choir with you. I think sometimes she had to...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Barb Baer - Utica, MN

“Sorry for your loss. Praying for the whole family. Renette will be dearly missed by all. She always had that positive attitude. ”
3 of 10 | Posted by: HARLAN HAMSON - MONTICELLO, MN

“I have many great memories of your Mom and enjoyed all the times our families got together while I was growing up. Sending hugs and prayers to each...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Linda Beyer (Treptow) - TN

“JackieSorry to hear about the death of your Mom. You have our deepest sympathies.Dale and Karen Bleess ”
5 of 10 | Posted by: Dale Bleess - Blue Earth, MN

“Condolences to the family. ”
6 of 10 | Posted by: Sandra Oppman - Forest City, IA

“Kari, Marc and All Of Your Family - So Sad to hear of your Mom's Passing.. It's Always Hard to Say GOOD-BYE to a parent, no matter how old we are.....Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Linda Swehl - Easton, MN

“So sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers during this time. Although I never had the chance to meet Renetta, I know she had a...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Erica Ericksen - Winona, MN

“Renetta was a joy to be around at the nursing home when I went visiting friends and family there. We called her Nettie. Guess I didn't know her...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Dori Greene - Dodge Center, MN

“Kari & Family, so sorry to see the loss of your mom. Prayers for you all. ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: Meg Tibodeau - Albert Lea, MN

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Renetta Ann Hamson gracefully left this world on April 6, 2018, surrounded by the blessings and prayers of her family, at Fairview Nursing Home in Dodge Center, Minnesota. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Casimir Catholic Church with Fr. Peter Klein officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Bricelyn Lutheran Cemetery, with Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home assisting the family. To leave an online condolence please visit
Renetta was born to Mathilda (Balk) and Lewis Erickson on June 1, 1932, in Corwith, Iowa. Renetta met her husband Howard Hamson, through her sister, who had married Howard's first cousin, Newell Trustin. They were married in Britt, Iowa, on March 19, 1949, and celebrated 55 years of marriage before his passing. To this marriage, 6 children were born, Jacqueline (Allan) Martinson, Howard Hamson, Jr. (Debra Ommen), Lori (Roger) Read, Kari (Marc) Kalis, Maria (Joel) DeFlieger, Tony (Lori Ann) Hamson.
Renetta and Howard started their married life in Albert Lea, and in 1963, moved to the family farm in Bricelyn, Minnesota. Renetta was more than your typical farmwife. She farrowed baby pigs, raised chickens, milked cows, cultivated and harvested crops, all while raising her children. Renetta was an avid gardener and enjoyed canning her harvest for winter. She made snowstorms the most marvelous adventures by hanging blankets, using the gas stove for treats, and playing games. Her cooking was loved by so many, and her sour cream chocolate cake was a favorite for her children. Renetta enjoyed it best when eaten with dill pickles. She was known for her love of unique food combinations, and of course, her children carry on this legacy, including the best fruitcake ever!
Renetta was a game player and particularly loved teaching her children and grandchildren to play--and she always played to win! She was brilliant. Even though Renetta didn't have the opportunity to graduate from high school, she understood the IRS tax codes, the US Postal Service, and Locker Store meats. She was right 99.999% of the time and her children know this to be true. Renetta had an amazing work ethic, expecting nothing less from her children.
Renetta enjoyed camping with family and travelling, not just to all 50 states, but to every grandchild's sporting event, fair, and dance. Renetta was their best cheerleader. Her talents helped create the most wonderful times for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. From birthday cakes with sticky frosting, to celebrating any of their accomplishments, she was always there.
Renetta was true to her Catholic faith, and a 40-year member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Blue Earth. Praying the rosary was a gift of grace she shared, and never missed Sunday Church even when she had to watch televised Mass.
Renetta's life will be celebrated by her children, 13 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Mary Ann Hamson, brother-in-law, Harold Guckenberg, and many loving cousins, nieces, nephews, and their families.
In heaven, Renetta will once again be reunited with her husband Howard (2004), her parents, a granddaughter, Allison Martinson, and her siblings Donna (Newell) Trustin, Mary Lou Fosnaugh, and Anthony Hauptmann.