Anna Broker Malone

Anna B. Malone, 95, passed away peacefully Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at Monroe Manor, Barron.

She was born May 9, 1924, to John and Barbara Heintz in rural Arland. She grew up on the farm, went to school in Poskin and graduated from there with an eighth-grade education.

In 1945, she was hired by Postmaster Esther Hill as a “helper” for the Poskin Post Office. In 1946, she married Elmer Broker, and they farmed north of Poskin for 21 years. Her love of family, farm and country showed in her ability to cultivate a huge garden and work alongside Elmer in the fields, all while raising eight children.

She became postmaster at Poskin in 1967. In 1968, she and Elmer bought the “Poskin Coffee Shop” (Elmer’s Coffee Shop), which also housed the post office. With this adventure, she juggled her postmaster duties, cooking for a restaurant full of hungry farmers and raising children.

She and Elmer traveled every year to the National Post Office Convention, where she never failed to return to say, “They always think he’s the postmaster!” After Elmer's death in 1978, she continued running the restaurant and fulfilling her duties as postmaster. In November of 1990, she retired as postmaster after nearly 25 years.

In February of 1991, she married long-time friend Earl Malone. She sold the restaurant, and she and Earl lived on his farm until moving to Monroe Manor in September of 2009. Earl’s love of horses and Anna’s skills for keeping score allowed for their attendance at many horse pulls in the area.

Further, Anna was very active with her children in the Garfield Go-Getters 4-H Club. She and Elmer were general leaders for many years, leading meetings, projects, demonstrations, skits and county fairs. She received the “Emerald Award” in 1983 for her 25 years of leadership.

Anna joined HCE (formerly Barron County Homemakers) in 1959 and maintained her membership until her death. She was a very dedicated member. She held various offices, served on many committees and took part in many activities, including monthly lessons, demonstrations, skits, Christmas fairs and county fairs. Moreover, she started the “International Program” and served as chairman for 10 years. Through this, she traveled to Nicaragua to teach sewing to local women, and to Haiti to teach others how to use a treadle sewing machine, to knit and to bake bread in a “sun oven.”

Her love of travel took her to nearly every state in the U.S. and also to Ireland (The American Arthritis Foundation Walk), Australia, New Zealand, Alaska and on a European vacation.

Anna was also a writer and poet. She wrote many articles, essays, and countless poems for family and friends for their various special occasions. Many were published in local newspapers and the Minneapolis Tribune.

She was an excellent cook and baker (no recipes needed). However, she was best known for her cheeseburgers, hot-beefs and mashed potatoes and gravy!

Surviving are daughters Mary Knaack of Weyauwega, Vicki Knutson of Rice Lake and Chris (Doug) Nelson of Almena; sons Stretch Broker of Turtle Lake, Leroy Broker of Turtle Lake, Fred (Kathy) Broker of Rice Lake, Ray (Janice) Broker of California and Clancy (Barb) Broker of Comstock; 21 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; stepchildren William (Bonny) Malone, Jerry (Luella) Malone, John Malone and Molly (Gordy) Lande; their children and grandchildren; sisters Maggie Thomas and Katie Gardner, both of Minnesota; a sister-in-law Bernice Hanson; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Anna was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; daughters-in-law Sandy (Stretch) Broker and Bonny (Leroy) Broker; sons-in-law Martin (Mary) Knaack and Roger (Vicki) Knutson; brothers Pete, Alfred, Ted, Henry and John; and sisters Marie and Josephine.

Pallbearers include Brian Knutson, Aaron Nelson, Nate Nelson, Ronnie Knaack, Chad Broker, Troy Broker, Mike Broker, Alan Broker and Matt Broker.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Almena, with Father James Brinkman officiating and burial at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be held 4-7 p.m. Sunday from Rausch and Steel Funeral Home, Barron, and an hour prior to the services at the church.

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