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BOTHOF, Robbin Ruth Hahn 1954-2012


Posted By: S. Bell
Date: 8/17/2012 at 02:50:57

[Waterloo Courier, Sunday, May 20, 2012]

Robbin Ruth Hahn Bothof of South Minneapolis, formerly of Cedar Falls, died on March 12, 2012, of pancreatic cancer. Robbin was born on Sept. 1, 1954, in Cedar Falls, to Milton and Helen Hahn.

Robbin graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 1972 and from the University of Northern Iowa in 1976, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in piano performance. Robbin moved to Minneapolis in 1980, where she began a long and successful career in the entertainment industry. In 1995 she became employed at the Mall of America as a specialty leasing agent. In 2005 she began working for CBL Properties of Chattanooga, Tenn., as general manager of the Burnsville Mall in Burnsville, Minn. Most importantly, Robbin was a gifted musician and artist. We will all miss hearing her play the piano as only she could, so incredibly well and so effortlessly.

Robbin was preceded in death by her parents, Milton and Helen Hahn, and grandparents, Christian and Jennie Vognsen and Herman and Verna Hahn.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas Bothof, and sons Zachary and Eric Hansberger, all of Minneapolis, brothers Jay Hahn of Colorado Springs, Colo., Jan Hahn of Waterloo, soon to be daughter-in-law Kathryn Goodpaster of Minneapolis, and numerous cousins and nieces, all of which loved her very much.

Robbin will be remembered for her love and selfless sense of life, and giving, free spirit. Her love for and devotion to her sons knew no bounds. She was a mentor to her nieces, providing invaluable wisdom, and teaching them what it means to be strong and independent. Robbin lived a life of unconditional love for everyone. To the end, she displayed courage and dignity. She will be missed, but she will always be with us.

A graveside service will be held in Greenwood Cemetery on May 25 at 1:30 p.m.

[Star Tribune, Twin Cities, March 18, 2012]

Robbin Ruth Hahn Bothof 57 years young, of South Minneapolis, lost a 9 month long hard fought, courageous battle with Pancreatic Cancer. She will be dearly missed.

Robbin was born September 1, 1954 and lived in Cedar Falls, Iowa all of her youth. She graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 1972. She immediately attended The University of Northern Iowa, also in Cedar Falls, until 1976 where she graduated with bachelor's degree in piano performance.

Her first marriage began in 1976. In 1980 Robbin and her then husband moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota where she began a long and successful career in the entertainment industry as a Vocal Teacher, Performance Pianist, Music Director, Talent Producer and Talent Agent. She was associated with Chimera Theatre, The Edgewater Entertainers, The Command Performers, The Mai Tai Restaurant, The Jewish Community Center of St Louis Park, The Blondetones and Keith Johnson Enterprises to name a few.

From 1992 - 2002 Robbin served as choir director at St. Stevens Lutheran Church in White Bear Lake Minnesota. Also during this time Robbin and her second husband produced and directed nearly a dozen theatrical productions at the Grand Garage in Stillwater, MN. In 1995 Robbin shifted gears and became employed at the Mall of America as a specialty leasing agent which led to a short stay in 2004-05 as general manager of The Brookdale Mall in Brooklyn Center, MN.

From 2005 until her passing her final position was as general manager for Burnsville Center in Burnsville, MN owned by CBL Properties of Chattanooga, TN. In the 1980's her two sons were born, Zachary Dylan Hansberger in August of 1983 and Eric Allen Thomas Hansberger in December of 1987. For the rest of her life on this earth she dedicated most of her energy to raising them. Both were educated at St. Thomas Military Academy for 4 years and they both graduated from college with Bachelor of Art degrees and are now productive members of society.

In 2006 Robbin found Thomas Bothof (a former friend and colleague in the entertainment business) and the two of them were married Oct. 13, 2007. Thomas and Robbin found great pleasure in travelling together and had looked forward to growing old together as a great couple should. Robbins life touched a myriad of souls as a friend, mentor and professional. Sadly she was taken from us as she was about to enter the portion of her life dedicated to basking in the fruits of her journey. She will forever be remembered not for the horrible disease that took her from us but for the beauty, grace, dignity, poise and unbelievable strength in which she fought her final fight. Life doesn't end as long as there is love... May she rest in peace and far from pain.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Milton and Helen Hahn of Cedar Falls, Iowa.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas John Bothof; his mother, Lorna Bothof; Robbins sons, Eric Allen Thomas Hansberger and Zachary Dylan Hansberger along with soon to be daughter-in-law Kathryn Goodpaster; two brothers, Jan Hahn of Cedar Falls, Iowa and Jay Hahn of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Hahn nieces, Abby, Elise, Olivia, Emma, Jesse, Liz, Hannah, and Mackenzie; also sisters- in-law, Cindy Schmidt with husband Dennis Schmidt, Betsy Wood with husband John Wood, Barb Hoeve with husband Roger Hoeve; brother-in- law, Tim Bothof with wife Mary Bothof and numerous nieces and nephews from the Bothof family. Also many friends and business associates she worked with in the entertainment business and the retail world.

There will be a memorial service held at Mayflower Community UCC, 106 East Diamond Lake Road, Minneapolis, MN 55419. Phone 612-824-0761. In lieu of flowers, Robbin had asked for cash donations to be made to Mayflower Community UCC.


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