Minnie was born 1926 in Philadelphia to immigrant parents, Joseph M. Stranieri and Mary R. (Canataro) Stranieri. Both became citizens. Minnie was the oldest of four siblings: Dominic, Elizabeth and John Stranieri.
She received high grades at Gratz High School and intended to go to college. Instead she worked to help support her family during the Depression.
She met Raymond W. Hawkins while he was stationed with the Army in Cape May and married him in Philadelphia in 1946.
He moved her from Philadelphia to the hills of WV where she lived until he died in 1986. Minnie had four children: Joseph H. Hawkins, Elizabeth Glaspie Dorman, Sally E. Hall and Donna D. Kish.
Her grandchildren: Michael Hawkins, Charles Glaspie, Jacqueline Edwards, Rachel Glaspie, Chaz Idol and Latisha Kish are followed by eight great- grandchildren.
In 1992, Minnie and her sister Elizabeth moved to Archdale, NC where she resided until she was “Promoted to Glory” April 8, 2014.
Minnie dedicated her life to serving GOD and her family. Originally an active member and teacher of the Salvation Army in Weirton, WV. Then a member of Archdale United Methodist Church in Archdale, NC, where she served her fellow man whenever possible. Minnie never hesitated to give of herself. She assisted young people trying to find their way and comforted the dying.
Minnie will go from Sechrest Funeral in High Point to Turley Funeral Home in New Cumberland, WV.
Calling hours will be at Turley Funeral Home on Friday from 6-9 p.m.
Services will be there Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 1 p.m. with Rev. Paul Bailey officiating.
Interment will follow in the Union Cemetery in New Manchester, WV.
The world has suffered a great loss.