GRACE L. HANSEN, 88, of Jackson, passed away at the Windom Area Hospital in Windom on Sunday, November 14, 2010. Funeral service will be on Friday, November 19, 2010 at 1:30 PM at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Jackson with Pastor Lance Isaacson officiating. Burial will be at Hauge’s Cemetery in Belmont Township. Visitation will be Thursday, November 18, 2010 from 5-7 PM and on Friday one hour prior to the service at the Church.
Grace L. Hansen, passed away on Sunday, November 14, 2010, twelve days shy of 89 years of age, at the Windom Area Hospital.
Grace LaVern Hansen, daughter of Ingman H. and Aneta (Nettie) Sether, was born on November 26, 1921, on her parents’ farm in rural Christiania Township, Jackson County, Minnesota. Grace was confirmed and married in Hauges Evangelical Lutheran Church, rural Jackson. She was educated in rural school District 100 and graduated from Jackson Public High School in 1939. Grace worked at the Midland Cooperative District office in the accounting department prior to her marriage.
Grace married Gordon Arnold Hansen of rural Jackson, MN on March 21, 1943, and they became the parents of four children: Aneta, Carmen, Gary and Marilyn. Grace worked beside her husband in the farming operation and was the farm accountant for 59 years. Grace was a homemaker who enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting and especially playing the piano. Grace was blessed with the gift of music and she shared that talent and joy all her life as a pianist, organist and accompanist in church and in the community. She provided many hours of musical enjoyment for the residents of the Good Samaritan Center and the Pines Retirement Center playing music from the era of the residents.
Grace enjoyed sharing her talents as a volunteer. Grace was an active member of Hauges Ev. Lutheran Church until its closure in 1965, and then at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Jackson. She served as a church organist for more than 40 years. Grace was a member of the Building Committee in 1975-78 that oversaw the design and building of the current Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. She was president of the Hauges Cemetery Assoc. for 35 years. Grace also served as a Belmont 4-H Club leader.
Grace is survived by: Aneta (Jerome) Mistek of Dubuque, IA, Carmen (Eugene) Schacherer of Wallingford, IA, Gary Hansen of rural Jackson, Barb Hansen of rural Jackson, Marilyn (Doug) Miller of St. Peter, MN; 14 grandchildren and their spouses; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Grace was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Gordon; her parents; two sisters Thelma Thompson and Inez Wee and a brother Horace C. Sether; and six infant grandchildren.
The family prefers memorials to Radio Ministry of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.