Henning, Cleo Jeannette (Peterson) (1918-2008)

Cleo Jeannette Henning, 90, died Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at the Thief River Care Center in Thief River Falls.

Funeral services for Cleo were held on Friday, August 15, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church of Thief Lake with Pastor Nancy Hanson officiating. Cleo’s grandchildren served as casket bearers and honorary casket bearers were Clinton Castle, Sally Gentry, Mae Geer, Rose Jevne, and Mary Swan. Interment was in Our Savior’s cemetery with arrangements by Collins Funeral Home of Middle River.

Interment was held at Our Savior’s cemetery with arrangements by Collins Funeral Home of Middle River.

Cleo Jeannette Henning, the daughter of the late Alfred and Christine (Saustad) Peterson, was born June 28, 1918 in Mud Lake, near Middle River. She attended school and grew to womanhood there, graduating from Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls in 1935. Cleo was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.

On February 20, 1939, she was united in marriage to Eddie Henning in Thief River Fals. They owned and operated Cleo’s Café in Holt for several years, then purchased the John Henning homestead in Thief Lake, where they farmed for many years. The couple also operated the Thief Lake Hunting Camp for 18 years.

For six years, during the summer months, Cleo cooked at Bar Harbor Supper Club near Brainerd and was employed as a cook at the Melgaard Farm near Warren. She cooked at the former Blom’s Boarding Home in Middle River for several years and she and Eddie also owned and operated the Rex Café in Middle River for several years. She served as head cook for several owners of the Rex Café for 17 years.

Cleo was a long-time member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church of Thief Lake and she was active in the Ladies Aid. She belonged to the Middle River Senior Citizens Group and was a member of R.S.V.P. She was a member of the Middle River Garden Club and the Middle River Community Club.

She enjoyed participating in a good game of Scrabble or Rumakub, could solve any Cryptoquip puzzle and always tuned into Wheel of Fortune and Lawrence Welk. She was a historian in her own right, as she compiled information and organized it into a library of scrapbooks and albums. Her kind, lighthearted nature was evident in the collection of butterflies adorning her home. Her quick wit and sense of humor lightened any room and she had a knack for writing and poetry.

She devoured newspapers cover to cover and loved to share her knowledge. If she had to choose between a scoop of mashed potatoes or a scoop of ice cream, everyone knows which she would choose. Her most enjoyable pastime was gatherings with friends and family and her greatest treasure was her family.

Eddie died May 12, 1979 and Cleo continued to reside in Middle River. In 2003, she became a resident of the Thief River Care Center.

Cleo is survived by one son, Jerome (Sharon) of Middle River; two daughters, Jeanelle (Ivan) Johnson of Holt and KayDell (Tom) Super of Middle River; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; in addition to several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Thief River Falls Times

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky

Author: W Saewyc

An amateur genealogist and internet hobbyist.

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