Henkel Remembered as “Generous” and “Warm Hearted”
Murl-Wann “Jo” Henkel of Finlayson is remembered by her former co-workers at Tobies Restaurant in Hinckley as a woman with a loving spirit who was always willing to lend a hand. She was known for both her love for life and dedication to her husband and four children.
Henkel’s life was cut short is a two car crash Friday in Pine County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the accident occurred around 5:30 p.m. at Highway 18 and County Road 35. Henkel was driving a 1996 Chrysler Concord and failed to yield to a 2001 Chevy Silverado driven by Christopher Bostrom, 18, of Hinckley. Bostrom’s vehicle then struck Henkel’s vehicle broadside.
Bostrom suffered minor injuries.
Henkel was known at Tobies as “mom” for the way she mentored and looked out for the younger waitresses, says her friend and former co-work Patricia Kunze. Kunze says she knew Henkel for 30 years, and remembers her friend as having the warmest of hearts.
Henkel is survived by her husband Donald, three sons Dan (Denise) Henkel of River Falls, WI, Randy (Sue) Henkel of Pine City, and Mark (Rachael) Henkel of Finlayson, and daughter Cindy (John) Pitts of Sandstone.
Beverly Kenowski says she worked with Henkel for about 10 years and says it was as if “Jo” was a mother to everyone.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 19th at 11 a.m. at the Peace Lutheran Church in Finlayson. Visitation will take place an hour prior to the service and on Wednesday, November 18th from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the church.
Linda Marotz also worked with Henkel at Tobies and said, she was a “generous, warm-hearted” woman.