In Memory

Roxanne Herman (Rivera)

Roxanne Herman (Rivera)

Roxanne (Herman) Hooks* known as "Grandma Roxanne" passed away on the 7th day of May, 2008. Rest in peace mann, we love you. Memorial seravice Thursday, May, 15th, 1 PM at the Thomson-Dougherty Mansion, 2535 Park Avenue with visitation one hour prior.

Private family interment. Memorials preferred. Historic Thomson-Dougherty 612-871-4407.

(Published in the Star Tribue May 11-13, 2008.)

*It appears that she was listed as Rivera at one time and then Hooks at the time of her death.

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02/01/12 12:06 PM #1    

Jeanne Frank

Roxie and I were friends during high school and beyond. My best memory is that we went to many dances in Mankato (Kato Ballroom), New Ulm (Georges Ballroom) and Minneapolis (Mr Lucky's) - then we would teach our school boys the newest steps. A group of us girls spent many evenings playing Whist (card game) - darned if I can remember how to play that game!

Roxie was a brilliant art talent -- very creative. She had three children, Lissa, Shonda and Thomas Jr. Of course, they are grown now. I see Lissa occasionally -- she was the president of the African American Society in Minneapolis and is now working on a get out the vote initiative with many of the African American congressional representatives. I so enjoy talking with Lissa -- if I close my eyes it is as if Roxie is there. Roxie was a proud Mama.

Roxie died of heart failure. Her younger sister died of the same cause just two months earlier than Roxie's death. It was a very sad situation.

May she rest in eternal peace.

02/22/12 08:35 AM #2    

Kathleen Hensel (Hoffman)

I was really looking forward to talking to Roxie at the reunion.  I just saw that she has passed away.  I feel bad;  I hadn't heard that.    Roxie and a big group of us girls loved going to the Kato Ballroom to dance every Sunday night.   Here is a story that I would like to share.  Remember the Drive In?  Well, Roxie occasionaloly would get to drive her mom's big pick cadilac.  We would chip in a $1.00 for gas.  Roxie would pull in at the drive in and park, hook on the speaker on the window, and then pop the trunk and a bunch of us would pile out.  We had just enough money for popcorn.  Fun memories!

06/28/12 12:36 PM #3    

Charlene Henderson (Fischer)

I too wanted to see Roxie, she was such a great friend.  I am sad today to see she has passed.  RIIP

07/09/12 02:41 PM #4    

Sandra Olson (Trotter)

I was so shocked to hear about Roxie's passing.  She was my best friend from grade school through high school.  I have so many memories of her, we did so many things together, she was my "sista".  "Roxanne" may you rest in peace.  I miss you. 

05/10/15 04:16 PM #5    

Cassie Hapke (Bunker)

Roxie and I sat next to each other from first grade on up Hapke, Herman...we just belonged in the mixed up times that way, together. I too recognized her great artistic talents early on. Plus her secret funny bone at times too! Yes, I was sorry not to have the chance to reacquaint with her.


05/11/15 05:25 PM #6    

John Hollenbach

Very sad news to hear about Roxie's passing, she was such a bright light, sincere condolences to her family on their loss. Rox's was my neighbor in HS where we both lived in North Mankato, what wonderful memories I have of the years we joked and poked at each other. My fondest memory of Roxie was seeing her coming down  the hallway with that devilish smile, which brightened my day every time I saw it.

She also introduced me to Anne Legenhausen my wife of 49 years, we have often spoke of Rox, with fond memories. When I remember High School I think of Roxie.

God Bless, Heaven is better off today.

John Hollenbach

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