Honore Ann Ingebretsen (nee Adams) "Honnie"
Born Minneapolis, January 5, 1923. Died Minneapolis, December 30, 2016.
Preceded in death by husband, Charles ("Hoot", also "Bud"); parents,
Oscar and Julia; parents-in-law, Charles and Ellen; sisters, Mary Adams
and Pat Emerson; brother, John; son, Billy; niece, Gretchen Ortenzio, and
so many dear friends. Survived by beloved sister-in-law, Laverne
(Johnson); daughter, Julie (Steve Pierson); son, Jim (Debbie); daughter,
Molly; grandchildren, Anna (Kyle Feldman), Erik (Rosa Costain), Emma
(Jesse Robertson), Gus, and Charlie (Claire Germscheid); great-grandson,
Oscar, as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Honnie established strong Minneapolis roots growing up on West 36th
Street and attending Incarnation Church and school. She graduated from
West High School and soon thereafter enlisted in the women's branch of
the United States Naval Reserves, aka WAVES. Following the end of WWII,
she began a deeply loving 64-year-long marriage to Hoot, wherein they
had four kids and, with partner Warren Dahl, built Ingebretsen's Meat
Market on East Lake Street into the Nordic marketplace and cultural
heart-center that it is today.
Honnie enjoyed many travels, including several trips to her beloved
ancestral home of Ireland, visits to her sister in Washington D.C., and
yearly pilgrimages to Sanibel Island, where she became an expert
sheller. She also loved reading, golfing, folk painting, antique
collecting, any kind of game or puzzle, and so much great music,
especially Broadway show tunes, Frank Sinatra, and Ella Fitzgerald.
Honnie adored the family pets and all animals (except centipedes), and
spending time at “the lake”. Most of her favorite memories involved
laughing herself silly with her sisters and good friends.
Above all, it was her role as loving wife and family matriarch where she
leaves her strongest legacy. She instilled in her children a connection
to their roots and modeled how to make everyone feel special, laugh
through the tears, surround yourself with simple forms of beauty, create
lasting memories, and live with a spirit of kindness, generosity,
optimism, and humor. To the end, she loved life, was kind to all
(making new friends everywhere she went), never stopped expanding her
ever-sharp mind, and was always the funniest person in the room.
Mass of Christian Burial, 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 6, 2017 at the Church
of the Incarnation, 3817 Pleasant Avenue South, Minneapolis with visitation
one hour prior to mass only. Private Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to a local humane society or other charity of donor's choice.
Minneapolis, MN 612-861-6088