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Norma Hanson

January 20, 1924 — May 24, 2019

Norma Hanson, age 95, of Erskine, MN, passed away on Friday, May 24th, at the Pioneer Memorial Care Center in Erskine. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 30th, at Grace Lutheran Church in Erskine with the Rev. Scott Baker officiating. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, rural Erskine. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church. Arrangements are with the Carlin Funeral Home of Erskine and messages of condolence may be sent at www.carlinfuneral.com. Norma was born to Almer and Nellie (Engeland) Anderson on January 20, 1924, in Erskine, Minnesota. She was the second youngest of six children. Her family spoke Norwegian while attending to the daily needs of farm life. She began learning English when she attended a rural school near her farm in Badger Township. She and her sisters and brother walked to and from school in the warm seasons and cross country skied the distance in winter. Norma was baptized and confirmed in Norwegian at Saron Lutheran Church north of Erskine.While working in Crookston, MN, Norma worked as a waitress for the Sweet Shop Café and the Wayne Hotel Café. While in Crookston, she met Kenneth Hanson who worked for Otter Tail Power Co. They were joined in marriage on May 20, 1950, at Rev. Skogerboe's residence in Erskine. They lived in Erskine, purchasing a home on the south shore of Cameron Lake. To this marriage two children were born, Yvonne in 1951, and Dale in 1955. Kenneth died in October of 1970. Norma continued to live in their home until she moved to Popular Meadows Assisted Living in McIntosh at age 92. In May of this year, Norma was moved to Pioneer Memorial Care Center in Erskine. Following Kenneth's death, Norma went to work as a waitress at Ness Café in Erskine. She continued to work there until retiring at age 62. She had many happy memories of the many customers and co-workers over the years. Norma was a long-time member of Grace Lutheran Church in Erskine. She taught Sunday School, was a member of the Grace Ladies Aid, Rebecca Circle, and worked with the ladies quilting. She enjoyed crocheting and embroidery. Norma was a wonderful baker and when her children were young, they could always look forward to fresh baked bread and cinnamon rolls after school. She made outstanding apple turnovers, chocolate chip cookies and homemade chocolate cupcakes. It was always a treat in the fall when it was time to make lefse, flatbread, rosettes, homemade Yule kaka and all the other Norwegian ethnic fare. Norma loved nature and she especially enjoyed feeding and watching the birds. She had beautiful flower and vegetable gardens and spent many hours outside. She was a very proud mom, grandma and great-grandma. Norma enjoyed her time babysitting her great-granddaughter Marin one day a week when Norma was in her 80's. Norma died peacefully with her family by her side at Pioneer Care Center. Norma is survived by her children Yvonne (Daryl) Halvorson of Erskine, and Dale (Jody) Hanson of Fergus Falls. Two grand-daughters Amy (Ross) Roragen of Erskine, and Crystal Larson (Ryan) Flanagan of Grand Forks. Grandchildren Marin and Griffin Roragen, Denver and Londyn Flanagan. Siblings Selma Ellingson and Pearl Werner of East Grand Forks and Albert Anderson of Erskine. Brother-in-law Dennis (Julie) Hanson of Grafton, WI and Sister-in-Law Avis (Alan) Stigen of Rosendale, WI as well as several nieces and nephews.Norma was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two sisters, and four brothers-in-law.

Visitation

Thursday, May 30, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Grace Lutheran Church
332 Vance Ave. Erskine 56535, United States

Funeral Service

Thursday, May 30, 2019 11:00 AM
Grace Lutheran Church
332 Vance Ave. Erskine 56535, United States
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