Martha A. Hayes, AKA Cookie Grandma, age 88 of Delano, passed away December 28, 2014. She was born July 29, 1926 in Little Falls, Minnesota to Frank and Nettie (Drellack) Zilka.
Martha was united in marriage to Leland F. Hayes on October 18, 1947 at Ascension Catholic Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They lived and farmed in the Delano area.
Martha was preceded in death by husband Leland and siblings Johanna Zyvoloski, Alois Zilka, Joseph Zilka, Henry Zilka, Anthony Zilka, Angeline Zilka, Ernest Zilka, Marion Potvin and Lawrence Zilka.
Martha is survived by her children Gaylen (Darlene), Sandra (Albert) Adickes and Colleen (Randy) Klaers; 9 grandchildren Michelle (Lyle) Peterson, Christine (Mike) Rogers, Brandon (Lorie) Gusse, Troy (Shelley) Hayes, Nicholas (Krista) Hayes, Randall (Kristina) Adickes, Kara (John) Czanstkowski, Aaron Klaers and Rilee Klaers; 14 great grandchildren Sabel, Brooke, Dylan, Isabella, Logan, Bradley, Elleyia, Russell, Kendra, Kody, Leland, Lily, Levi, and Lewis; brother Edward (Joan) Zilka; sisters-in-law Ann Zilka, Lorraine Zilka, Genevieve Zilka, Gladys Hayes and Mianna Varner; brother-in-law Roger Potvin and many nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial was Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Delano. Visitation was Friday from 4-8 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service at the Iten Funeral Home, Delano. Visitation continued Saturday from 9-10 a.m. prior to Mass at the church. Private family interment at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis.