Hattie Hulleman, 95, passed away on May 9 in the Monarch Wing of Skiff Medical Center, Newton, after a two-year stay at Heritage Manor, also in Newton.
Hattie was born on April 5, 1916, to Jan and Jennie Van Engelenburg on a farm near Otley, Iowa. On February 17, 1937, she married Marion Hulleman. Hattie was a farm wife for several years. Later, she did seasonal work at PAG and worked at Tyrrell's Coffee Shop in Monroe.
In 1957, Marion and Hattie purchased a small cafÃ© in Monroe that became the Hulleman Lunch. When Marion died in 1968, Hattie continued to operate the cafÃ© until 1988. Hattie was well known for her homemade pies, particularly banana cream. She would arrive at the cafÃ© by 5:00 each morning to bake pies while at the same time preparing breakfast for early customers. It is estimated that she baked more than 30,000 pies in her 31 years in business.
Hattie was preceded in death by her husband Marion, brother John, and sister Helen. She is survived by her sister Eveline Meester of Lincoln, NE, son Harold (Linda) of West Des Moines, daughter Judy (Cecil) Neff of Monroe, four grandsons, and nine great grandchildren. She will also be remembered by five nephews and one niece and their families. She will be missed by all.
The funeral will be on Wednesday, May 11, at 10:30 in the morning at the Monroe Presbyterian Church. Interment will be at Silent City Cemetery in Monroe. Following the burial, lunch and family visitation will be at the Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Monroe Presbyterian Church or the Hospice of Jasper County. Condolences may be left for the family at www.coburnfuneralhomes.com.
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