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Marian Hanson

Marian A. Hanson, age 84, of Spicer, died Saturday morning, March 18, at Copperleaf Senior Living in Willmar.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Friday, March 24, at the Church of St. Mary in Willmar.  Interment will be in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. time of sharing on Thursday, March 23, at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.  Memorials are preferred to the Willmar Area Food Shelf.

Marian Annabelle Hanson was born March 14, 1933 on a small farm near Milan, Minnesota to Amund "A.J." and Ida (Myrom) Torgelson.  She attended a one-room country school and later graduated from Milan High School a year early.  She then attended Moorhead State Teachers College.  She began teaching grade school in Madison and Appleton when she was 19.  Marian took college classes and traveled by bus and train during her summer vacation. She later decided to obtain her bachelor's degree at the University of Minnesota, where she met Duane Hanson, who was attending dental school at the university. Marian then began teaching grade school in Bloomington.  Marian and Duane were married on June 29, 1959 in Minneapolis.  After their marriage they lived in Montana, where Duane was stationed in the Air Force.  Following Duane's discharge in 1962, they moved to Willmar, where Duane began his dental practice.

In Willmar, Marian became involved with the New Residents Club, taught part time and was part of the school support system.  She was part of several bridge clubs and study clubs.  She was active at St. Mary's, where she taught release time, was a member of the Daughters of Isabella, and enjoyed working in the kitchen.  She also greatly enjoyed her part in Grandma's Attic at the church's fall festival. Marian also enjoyed traveling and visited all seven continents and over 120 countries. Her most favorite trip was an African Safari.

As a mother of five children, Marian kept them busy with school activities, homework, and household chores and helped each of them develop their own individual talents.  She was a great chef and enjoyed hosting birthday parties for her children and entertaining adults on a weekly basis.  She baked a wide variety of cookies during the holidays to share with family and friends.  Marian was so loved and was so proud that all 25 of her children and grandchildren from all over the country would gather at her home for at least 5 days over the Fourth of July and at Christmas time.

Marian is survived by her husband: Dr. Duane Hanson of Spicer, MN; five children: Susan (and Wally) McClellan of Pittsburg, PA, and Shelly (and Carl) David of Hawaii; Eric (and Andrea) Hanson of Knoxville, TN, Dr. Thomas (and Kathy) Hanson of Buffalo, MN, and Drs. Michael (and Jodi Fonkert) Hanson of Spicer, MN; twelve grandchildren: Stacy (and Adrian), Kristi, Remington, Ciara, Ben, Isabelle, Riley, Cole, Nick, Brett, Samantha, and Jessa; a sister: Elizabeth (and Pete) Mathison of Detroit Lakes, MN; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents: A.J. and Ida Torgelson; her father-in-law and mother-in-law: Theodore and Alvina Hanson; and her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Darlene and Ken Mills.

Cemetery Details

St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery
1459 15th St. SW
Willmar, MN,


MAR 23. 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Peterson Brothers Funeral Home

700 Becker Avenue Southwest

Willmar, MN, US, 56201


MAR 24. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Church of St. Mary

713 12th Street SW

Willmar, MN, US, 56201


Mass of Christian Burial

MAR 24. 11:00 AM

Church of St. Mary

713 12th Street SW

Willmar, MN, US, 56201


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So sorry to hear this. We always enjoyed Marian ....and we are deeply saddened by her passing. What a great lady though. We find comfort in the knowledge that she is now free of the illness that so cruelly affected he, and that she is now home with the Lord and others that have gone before. One memory that came to mind was the traditional office Christmas parties ....and the multitude of assorted Christmas cookies that Marian always made...all delicious ...and I have never seen such a variety. Duane and Marian made us feel so welcome when we moved to Willmar many years ago. We have always been grateful for that. God Bless the memory of Marian. Mike and Sandy Gardner

michael gardner - March 18, 2017 at 06:23 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Mom and I would stop over to see Marian when we were in Willmar, usually after a dental visit. She was the first person I knew that had CHRISTMAS dishes. And of course she had a variety of Christmas goodies for us to eat. It was always so much fun to visit with Marian and Duane. She was a very special lady. Hugs to all of you during this difficult time. Vicky Dosdall

Vicky Dosdall - March 21, 2017 at 03:39 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

HI Duane and Family,Sorry to hear about your loss. My mom had many coffee times with Marion and the Pill Hill ladies. And, Eric, you gave me my first windsurfing lesson. It was too windy for a beginner, but,. I went on to do a lot of windsurfing, and even was even rated internationally(although, before many people were windsurfing). MAy peace be with your family,Jan Gilman Bakken

Jan Bakken - March 21, 2017 at 07:51 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Dearest Hanson Family, I have some fond memories of my Auntie Marian. I deeply respect the way she cared for me when I would spend time at the Hanson home on Green Lake or the Hanson home in Wilmar. She would prepare many delicious meals for my brother, sister, and I; and then when the meal was over, my siblings and I would run out to play with our cousins while she stayed behind to clean up. And at the end of the day, near bedtime, when I know she must have been exhausted, she would cook me up a pot of her magical homemade hot fudge and let me pour it over a heaping bowl of vanilla ice-cream. I was blessed to have an aunt who made sure I was well fed and safe when I came as a young boy for a lake visit in the summer or a hunting visit in the fall. With Love and Fond Remembrance as her Nephew,Ken John Mills

Ken John Mills - March 21, 2017 at 07:58 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

I will always remember how I was her "baby markie". One memory I have, from when I was little, is hunting. We would come back to the house afterwards and she was there making a great meal for all of us, taking care of everyone, the house felt so warm and welcoming. Then at the cabin, or whenever I was around her, she always made me feel special. I was truly blessed to have known her and had her in my life. We will all miss her! Love,Baby Markie

Mark Mills - March 22, 2017 at 10:20 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

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Your Knoxville FBI - Electronic Technician family - March 22, 2017 at 10:41 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Ken John, Mary, and Mark purchased the Blue & White Sympathy Floor Basket for the family of Marian A. Hanson.

Ken John, Mary, and Mark - March 22, 2017 at 11:06 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Marion was a great neighbor to my parents Don and Evie Svien. My condolences to Duane and family.

Lana Svien - March 23, 2017 at 07:27 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM