Memorial Donations

MHARF is honored and thankful to be chosen as recipient of memorial donations.

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Donations by check may be sent to: MHARF, PO Box 47, Zimmerman, MN 55398. Thank you!

If you are making a donation IN MEMORY OF a person not listed in the Memorials Section below, please CONTACT US and we will be happy to send notification of the gift to the proper person/s if you include their contact information (we can send notification either by mail or email).  Please also specify whether you would like us to include the amount of the donation in the notification.

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View Our List of Past Memorial and In Honor Of Donations Here

If you have any questions, please feel free to Contact Us. Thank you!

The Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue Foundation is honored to have been chosen as a recipient of Memorial Donations for the following people:
In Memory of Audrey Jane Menke

We were so sorry to hear about the passing of Audrey Menke on 01/08/24. It is such a tragedy to lose someone so young. Our hearts go out to all of Audrey’s family and friends and we humbly thank them for making MHARF one of the recipients of donations in her memory.

Obituary for Audrey Menke

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Donations by check may be sent to: MHARF, PO Box 47, Zimmerman, MN 55398. With all donations, please note that it is made in memory of  Audrey so we may inform her family of your generosity. Thank you!

In Memory of Marlyn Hempel

Everyone at the Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue Foundation wishes to send our deepest sympathy to Lauren, Aaron, and the rest of Marlyn’s family on his passing on 12/25/23. Marlyn was a long-time friend and supporter of MHARF, having fostered many horses, ponies, and mules for us over the years (see below for article featured in Princeton Town and County news in 2016). His patience, kindness and knowledge helped many animals recover from neglectful and abusive situations and allowed them to go on to find great new adoptive homes. We are truly thankful to be honored and chosen as recipient of donations in Marlyn’s memory.

“It means a lot to Marlyn and his family that he can do one last act for the MHARF.” -Aaron Hempel (grandson)

Obituary for Marlyn Hempel

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Donations by check may be sent to: MHARF, PO Box 47, Zimmerman, MN 55398. With all donations, please note that it is made in memory of Marlyn so we may inform his family of your generosity. Thank you!

In Memory of Mary Agnes Blanchard

We are honored to be listed as recipient for donations in memory of Mary Agnes Blanchard (11/28/51 -11/10/23). Mary was a true horsewoman and loved nothing more than spending time in the barn and in the showring. We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to her family and friends. View Mary’s Obituary

Donations in Mary’s memory can be made by check and mailed to MHARF, PO Box 47, Zimmerman, MN 55398. Or you can donate through one of our secure online donation options below. Please remember to note of whom the donation is in memory so we can inform Mary’s family of your generosity. If you need assistance, please feel free to Contact Us. We are always happy to help.

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Once again, thank you so much to Mary’s family, friends, and loved ones for thinking of us at this time. The Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue Foundation is grateful to have received donations in Mary’s memory from the following people: Darlene Helmann, Jeff Blanchard, and Gail Foss.

In Memory of Lisa Brisse

We are honored to have been chosen as a recipient of donations in memory of Lisa Brisse. Lisa, who was a friend and supporter of MHARF, was a life-long horsewoman who began her journey with rescued horses in 1982 with a malnourished orphan filly named Little Miss. She later wrote about this journey in her book, The Ride of Our Life – Lessons in Faith, Love, and Wisdom from a Magical Horse.

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Donations by personal check can be made out to MHARF and mailed to MHARF, PO Box 47, Zimmerman, MN 55398. Please be sure to note in the memo section that the donation is made in Lisa’s memory. Thank you!

“Family and friends will gather on Friday, June 2nd from 3:00-8:00 p.m. at the Lions Community
Park in Richmond, Minnesota to celebrate the life of Lisa Brisse, who passed away on Tuesday,
April 4th in Santa Monica, California, after a three-and-a-half-year journey with cancer. Lisa’s
loved ones will also gather to remember her on May 21st at 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Palisades Park in
Santa Monica.
Lisa was a brilliant light to all who knew and loved her. She lived her life with extraordinary
energy, focused intention, and a passionate desire to help others become their best selves, a
mission she fulfilled in part through her professional work as an exercise physiologist, wellness
coach, meditation teacher, Spinning® instructor, author, speaker, and founder of State of the
Heart Fitness in Santa Monica, California. Lisa also expressed her purpose through deep
commitments to her own growth and healing, to treating others with kindness, generosity, and
compassion, and to sharing her joy, playfulness, laughter, fun, music, dancing, and silliness with
everyone she met.
Born on May 21, 1969, in Richmond, Minnesota, Lisa spent her childhood playing outdoors with
her friends, her extended family of cousins, and the many animals who were part of her family.
Throughout her life, Lisa felt a deep connection with horses. When she was thirteen, Lisa
rescued Little Miss, a malnourished little orphaned yearling filly who, with her family’s care,
grew into the beautiful, magical white horse whose unconditional love and spiritual lessons
helped Lisa become the loving, wise, compassionate, and joyful person so deeply loved and
missed by her family, friends, clients, students, readers, and many others in California,
Minnesota, and elsewhere around the world.
After graduating from Rocori High School in 1987, one of the top ten students in her class and a
member of the Rocori Spartans girls’ basketball team, Lisa attended St. Cloud State University
and, after moving to California in 1989, she transferred with a full academic scholarship to
Pepperdine University in the fall of 1990, graduating in 1993 with a B. S. in Sports Medicine.
Lisa began her professional career at the world-renowned Pritikin Longevity Center in Santa
Monica. In 2001, after seven years as an exercise physiologist at Pritikin, Lisa founded State of
the Heart Fitness, where she and her team offered a holistic, heart-centered approach to health
and wellness, strengthening the body, mind, and spirit through exercise classes, personal training,
wellness and nutritional coaching, as well as retreats, hikes, and group trips to Peru, where Lisa
led treks up the Inca Trail to the sacred site of Machu Picchu, a place that held profound spiritual
significance for her. Lisa’s lifelong passion for travel also took her to Europe (where she
especially loved the Greek Islands), Australia, Bali, Thailand, the Philippines, Mexico, and
Central America.
An enthusiastic, dedicated, and prolific writer, Lisa had kept a journal since she was 12 and
eventually published two books, Michael Jackson: The Man in our Mirror – A Reflection of Our
Collective Soul (2014), the remarkable story of her lifelong spiritual connection with the pop
superstar, and The Ride of Our Life – Lessons in Faith, Love, and Wisdom from a Magical Horse,
Book One: The Early Years (2021), which explores the many awakenings and life lessons that
came to Lisa through her deep spiritual relationship with her beloved horse Little Miss.

Lisa wrote and spoke extensively about her journey with cancer, using her Facebook posts and
video updates to chronicle her experiences. She saw her health challenges as opportunities to
deepen her self-exploration, healing, growth, and spiritual awakening. Her eloquence,
vulnerability, wisdom, courage, and spiritual insight touched and healed so many who followed
her journey.
Along with the ongoing support she received from her family and her extensive network of
friends near and far, Lisa was sustained through every phase of her journey by her dear friends
and caregivers, Stacey Whittle, Gigi Sutila, and Jenifer Gaffaney Swartzentruber, who blessed
Lisa with their unwavering devotion, energy, faith, and love as they cared for her body, mind,
and spirit on a daily basis.
Lisa is survived by her parents, Allen and Judi Brisse, her brother Eric and nephew Mathew, her
stepmother Monique Waters, and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Lisa will always be with us as we live in gratitude for the gifts of her light and love in our lives.”

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The Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue Foundation is grateful to have received donations in Lisa’s memory from: Kathleen Kastner, Stacey Whittle, Allison Lee, Kathryn Allison, Elizabeth Dinerstein, Allen Brisse, Marie Plasse, Diana Krekic, Richard Newman, Healing Trauma Center (Los Angeles), Judi Brisse, Kerry Hennigan, Nancy Messina, Gigi Sutila, Kristen Krentz, Marjorie Plasse, Peter and Claudia Sego, Ellen Longsworth, Helaine Razovsky, Mary Baine Campbell, Kerry Johnson, Mary Nicolini, Elizabeth DeAngelis, Narina Arutyunova, Dorla Hulse, David Lam, Marie Bro, Jean O’Loughlin Avdul, Cheryl Kling, Nadine Storms, Natalie Bruyette, Marla Ludwig, Christina Privette, Brian Rogers, Hari Simran Ayurveda, Rita Bosico, Sally Blazar

In Memory of Gail Smokovitz

Everyone at the MN Hooved Animal Rescue Foundation would like to offer our sincerest condolences to Gail’s family, loved ones, and friends. Gail, who passed away on 01/12/22, was a life-long animal lover and an accomplished horsewoman, most notably a champion barrel bender. Thank you to Gail’s son Jacob and the rest of the family for directing memorial donations to MHARF, among several other worthy rescue organizations.

Obituary for Gail Smokovitz

Donations in Gail’s memory can be made by check and mailed to MHARF, PO Box 47, Zimmerman, MN 55398. Or you can donate through one of our secure online donation options below. Please remember to note whom the donation is in memory of and we will inform the family of your generosity. If you need assistance please feel free to  Contact Us. We are always happy to help.

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Once again, thank you so much to Gail’s family, friends, and loved ones for thinking of us at this time.

Click Here to view the list of memorial donations received.

In Memory of Lonna K. Smith

The Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue Foundation is honored to be listed as  recipient for donations in memory of Lonna K. Smith, who passed away on 12/06/21. Lonna was a kind and compassionate animal lover who had a life-long dream of adopting a horse. Our hearts go out to all of Lonna’s family and friends.

Donations in Lonna’s memory can be made by check and mailed to MHARF, PO Box 47, Zimmerman, MN 55398. Or you can donate through one of our secure online donation options below. Please remember to note whom the donation is in memory of and we will inform the family of your generosity. If you need assistance please feel free to  Contact Us. We are always happy to help.

Obituary for Lonna K. Smith

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Once again, thank you so much to Lonna’s friends and loved ones for thinking of us at this time.

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In Memory of Joy Wuestenhagen

Joy A. Wuestenhagen

Everyone at the MN Hooved Animal Rescue Foundation would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Joy’s family and friends. Joy, who had adopted several horses from us, was a long-time supporter and friend to MHARF. We are touched to have been chosen as one of the recipients of charitable donations in her memory.

Obituary for Joy A. Wuestenhagen

Donations in Joy’s memory can be made by check and mailed to MHARF, PO Box 47, Zimmerman, MN 55398. Or you can donate through one of our secure online donation options below. Please remember to note whom the donation is in memory of and we will inform the family of your generosity. If you need assistance please feel free to  Contact Us. We are always happy to help.

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Once again, thank you so much to Joy’s loved ones for thinking of us at this time.

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In Memory of Vernon A. Pederson

“A cowboy at heart, Vernon was also a fan of horse racing, raising horses on his hobby farm near Downer, MN, and watching them race. He loved horses as much or more than the racing, as he would often visit the horses and bring them toys/treats.”

All of us at MHARF wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Vernon’s family and friends on the loss of this life-long horseman.  We are honored to have been chosen as the recipient of memorial donations.

Obituary for Vernon A. Pederson

Donations in Vernon’s memory can be made by check and mailed to MHARF, PO Box 47, Zimmerman, MN 55398. Or you can donate through one of our secure online donation options below. Please remember to note whom the donation is in memory of and we will inform the family of your generosity. If you need assistance please feel free to  Contact Us. We are always happy to help.

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Once again, thank you so much to Vernon’s loved ones for thinking of us at this time.

In Memory of Sandra Ness Aunan

Sandy Aunan was a lifelong horse lover and former breeder, owner, and competitor of American Quarter Horses. She spent many years as an active member of the MN Quarter Horse Association in Region 4, Secretary of the MN Quarter Horse Futurities, and Secretary of many quarter horse shows throughout the state. Horses and the horse community brought great joy and purpose into her life.

All of us at MHARF wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Sandy’s family and friends on the loss of this kind, life-long horsewoman.  We are honored to have been chosen as the recipient of memorial donations.

View Sandy’s Obituary Here

Donations in Sandy’s memory can be made by check and mailed to MHARF, PO Box 47, Zimmerman, MN 55398. Or you can donate through one of our secure online donation options below. Please remember to note whom the donation is in memory of and we will inform the family of your generosity. If you need assistance please feel free to  Contact Us. We are always happy to help.

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Once again, thank you so much to Sandy’s loved ones for thinking of us at this time.

In Memory of Gerry (Monk) Shea

Gerry (Monk) Shea

Everyone at MHARF wants to extend our deepest sympathy to Gerry’s family and friends on the loss of this wonderful woman. We are honored to have been chosen as the recipient of memorial donations.

Obituary for Gerry (Monk) Shea

Donations in Gerry’s memory can be made by check and mailed to MHARF, PO Box 47, Zimmerman, MN 55398. Or you can donate through one of our secure online donation options below. Please remember to note whom the donation is in memory of and we will inform the family of your generosity. If you need assistance please feel free to  Contact Us. We are always happy to help.

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Once again, thank you so much to Gerry’s loved ones for thinking of us at this time.

In Memory of Wade Hanson

Investigator Wade Hanson of the Animal Humane Society of MN passed away on 12/23/18. Our hearts go out to his family and friends. This is an enormous loss for the state of Minnesota. Wade was one of a kind: dedicated, dependable, kind, patient and professional. Wade had been diagnosed with stage 4 terminal cancer in the fall of 2018.

Please Click Here to access Wade’s obituary page.

Through our Benefit Fundraiser for Humane Agent Wade Hanson we raised nearly $6,000 to help Wade and his family with expenses before he passed. Thank you so much to everyone who donated in honor and memory of this kind man.

In Memory of Mary Lee Marly Whiting

MHARF is extremely grateful to have received a donation from the Estate of Mary Lee (“Marly”) Whiting. Marly was an animal lover, dog trainer, and accomplished horsewoman who showed American Saddlebreds throughout her life. How very kind of Marly to remember MHARF in her estate planning so that many more equines will continue to benefit from her generosity! We also want to thank her Estate Trustees, Roberta Cole and Sheryl Juhl for all of their assistance! You can find Mary Lee Whiting’s full obituary HERE.

In Memory of Andrew Phipps

Everyone at MHARF wants to extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Andrew Phipps. Andrew passed away unexpectedly at age 22 on February 12, 2018. Andrew had a lifelong love of horses and worked many hours caring for them at a stable in Afton, Minnesota. Andrew is the beloved son of Chuck and Ann Phipps and brother to Samuel and Graham.

Because of Andrew’s love of animals, his family has generously designated MHARF as recipient of memorial donations. We cannot thank them enough for thinking of us at this tragic time. Our thoughts and prayers are with Andrew’s family and friends.

Please Click Here to read Andrew’s full obituary and learn more about this wonderful young man.

For options for making a memorial donation please visit our Donation Page.

In Memory of Scott Mork

Scott Mork with Pablo the mustang

It is with very heavy hearts that we report the news that long-time MHARF friend and advocate for horses Scott Mork has passed away. On 09/01/17  Scott lost his courageous battle with cancer. Our hearts go out to his wife Melissa and the rest of his family and friends. Scott had been training the young mustang Monte over the summer for our Promise of the Future Training Competition. He viewed this as a chance to do something meaningful for a horse during the time he had left. Monte acquired a whole team of fans who continued with his training when Scott could not do so. The “Scott Mork Team” presented Monte at the competition on September 16th in honor and memory of Scott. MHARF was honored to present Scott posthumously with our annual Good Horsemanship/Good Sportsmanship Award. We want to offer out heartfelt sympathy and say thank you to all of Scott’s family and friends.

You can see a full list of gifts given in memory of Scott on our Scott Mork Memorial Page