Merna “Jeannine” Hanika, 86, of Humboldt, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016 at Colonial Acres in Humboldt. She was born May 13, 1929, in Barada, the daughter of Frank and Laura (Sailors) Shafer.
Jeannine graduated from Fairfax (MO) High School in 1947.
On Aug. 25, 1952 Jeannine married Earl (Gene) Hanika at Falls City. To this marriage three daughters were born. Gene and Jeannine raised their girls on a farm near Shubert. Jeannine was a dedicated farm wife and she and Gene did everything together, traveling far and wide. They attended many rodeo events and Jeannine loved to watch Gene and his roping buddies.
She ran the restaurant in Shubert for several years, as well as the Sweet Tooth at the entrance to Indian Cave State Park. In addition to this, she sold Avon in the local area for 30 years.
During her time at Colonial Acres, Jeannine enlightened the nursing home residents, the staff and all who visited. She loved joking and teasing with everyone and had “no filter,” saying exactly what was on her mind, whenever and wherever.
Survivors include daughters, Tonda (Ronald) Jones, of West Des Moines, IA, and Kimberly (Randy) Dunn, of Shubert; son-in-law, Junior Dunn, of Dodge City, KS; five grandchildren, Wade (Amy) Dunn, of Dodge City, Reed Dunn, of Seattle, WA, Timothy (Maria) Stanley, of Crystal, MN, and Shayla (Bobby) Hammer and Evan (Hillary) Dunn, both of Shubert; four great-grandchildren, Payton and Colt Dunn, Penelope Stanley and Lane Dunn; brother, Richard Shafer of Wilber; sister, Reva (Gene) Marquez, of Shubert; sister-in-law, Connie Shafer, of Auburn; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jeannine was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 60 years, Gene Hanika, in 2013; her daughter, Marla Dunn in 2008; and siblings, triplet sisters and brother in infancy, and Delman Shafer and Karen Painovich.
Her funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 at Dorr and Clark Funeral Home, with Rev. Gene Rowell officiating. Interment at Harris Cemetery at Barada. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the home of Kimberly Dunn, 204 1st St., Shubert. There will be no visitation or viewing.