MaryAnn ‘Mimi’ Hayduke

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Durango resident MaryAnn Hayduke died Thursday, June 7, 2012, at her home. She was 92.

Known as “Mimi,” she was born to Joseph & Anna (Jankovich) Bartolatz on Feb. 7, 1920, in Puyallup, Wash. One of seven children, she grew up in Tacoma, Wash., where she attended Holy Cross Catholic School and graduated from Stadium High School.

Mrs. Hayduke worked for the Rhodes Brothers Department Store from 1938 to 1943. While on a shopping trip to San Francisco with her girlfriends, she met 1st Lt. George Hayduke at the Sir Frances Drake Hotel. Four months later, on Feb. 6, 1944, they married in Yuma, Ariz.

After the war, the Haydukes lived in Coolidge, Ariz., and Chicago before moving to Phoenix in 1953, settling in Scottsdale, Ariz., in 1961.

During their years in Arizona, Mrs. Hayduke was a member of the Scottsdale DeMolay Mother’s Club, the Daughters of the Nile, the Scottsdale Memorial Hospital Women’s Auxiliary and St. Barnabas on the Desert Episcopal Church of Scottsdale. From 1971 to 1973, she was the coordinator for the Scottsdale Honors Cotillion.

In 1996, Mr. and Mrs. Hayduke moved to Durango to be closer to their daughter and son-in-law, Alison and Wes Asselstine, and their newly adopted Russian granddaughters Anastasha and Annika.

“While in Colorado, MaryAnn enjoyed the beauty of Colorado and the changing of the seasons, loved watching for the first snowflake and had a passion for the local wildlife,” her family said. “MaryAnn was an excellent cook, gardener, and seamstress, and loved classical music and opera.”

Mrs. Hayduke enjoyed traveling, fishing and playing golf. She made two holes-in-one at Scottsdale Country Club.

Mrs. Hayduke was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, George Hayduke, in 2008.

She is survived by her daughter, Alison Asselstine, of Durango; son, George Hayduke Jr., of Tucson, Ariz.; sister Agnes Iversen of Arcadia, Calif.; four grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren.

Cremation will occur. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 14, 2012, at St. Columba Catholic Church, 1830 East Second Ave., with a reception afterward. The Rev. James Koenigsfeld will be the celebrant. Burial of ashes, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 22, 2012, at St. Barnabas on the Desert, 6715 North Mockingbird Lane in Scottsdale.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 33607; Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607; or Hospice of Mercy, 1 Mercado St., Suite 270, Durango, CO 81301.

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