Marlene Hanson, 84 of Thief River Falls, MN passed away on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at Thief River Care Center, Thief River Falls, MN with her loving family by her side.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:30 PM on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Thief River Falls, MN with Father Rick Lambert presiding.  Burial will follow at St. Bernard’s Catholic Cemetery in Thief River Falls, MN.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service on Monday, October 1, 2018 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Thief River Falls, MN.  Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church.

Marlene JoAnn Hanson was born daughter of Herman and Doris (Phelps) Sturre, at a little place just south of Thief River Falls, called “Hazel” on June 6, 1934.   Later the family moved to Goodridge, MN.  At the age of six, the family moved to Portland, OR where her parents worked in the ship yards. The family moved to Malory, MN as well as various places around the Goodridge area.  Marlene attended country school for a few years before moving into Goodridge and attending the Goodridge School.

It was in Goodridge where Marlene met her future husband Edvin Hanson.  They were united in marriage to November 13, 1950.   Edvin joined the Air Force in January and after basic training Marlene joined Ed in Texas.   After Ed was sent to Guam, Marlene moved back to Goodridge where she was employed by Irene Ellinson.   Upon Ed’s return they moved to Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Il where their first child, Deborah was born.   In 1957 the family moved back to San Antonio where six more children joined the family Edvin Jr., Theresa, Keith, Renae, Brian, and Bruce.

Marlene was employed at the K.C.’s Drive Inn in San Antonio, TX as a waitress and later as manager.  The family then moved to Forbes Air Force Base, Topeka, KS, later to Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, OH and after twenty years, Ed retired from the United States Military and the family returned to live in Goodridge.

Marlene was employed at the Trapper Trader for a while and later at the Goodridge School.  In 1981 the family moved to Thief River Falls where Marlene was employed for 13 years at the Best Western, as hostess and later as dining room manager.  She retired in 1991 and found enjoyment in working as a volunteer at the hospital coffee shop for many years.

Marlene loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and enjoyed her time with them.  She also enjoyed reading Christian based books; she was never without a book.  Her family was her life; her love was for her Heavenly Father.  Marlene enjoyed her time with her dearest friend, Irene Ellingson, until Irene was called to be with the Lord.  She also treasured her “McDonalds” time with her sisters on Sunday.  Over the years of moving around they met many good friends and Marlene stayed in touch with a few of them by email.  Marlene said she enjoyed their time in the service, moving around, seeing different places and meeting new friends.

Survivors include her children, Deborah (Doug) Derosier of Red Lake Falls, MN, Edvin Jr. (Barb) Hanson of Dupo, IL, Theresa (Danny) Johnsrud of Goodridge, MN, Renae (Patrick) Garland of Tehachapi, CA, Brian (Nancy) Hanson of Maynard, MN and Bruce Hanson of Warroad, MN; grandchildren, Chris (Tess), Brooke (Josiah), Matt (Jenn), Brad (Sara), Ashley (Bryce), Jason (Katie), Kramer (Jenny), Erica (Averre), Kelsey (Shane), Elroy (Breanna), Tyler (Chantel), Jasmine (Stacy), Arissa (Mike), Shayla (Stephen), Baylee, Jessica (Seth), Lauren (Phongsy), Kyle (special friend Marisa), McKenzie (special friend Quinton) and Tyler; and 31 great-grandchildren; brother Curtis of Goodridge, MN; sister Avis Frazier of Goodridge, MN; sisters-in-law Phyllis Sturre, Kathy Johnson, Margaret Peterson; brother-in-law, Kenny Hanson; special friend, Lona Trochman; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband Edvin; son Keith; grand baby Shanon; maternal parents; sisters, Janice Hanson and  Doris (Venetta) Skibicki; brothers, Burnard, Gerald, and  Enzely; nephews, Clark Skibicki and Brian Frazier; and her beloved best friend, Irene Ellingson.



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