VerJean Mary Hanson was born in Grand Forks, ND on September 6, 1953 to Dewey and Verna (Schey) Rood.  She was baptized in the Lutheran Faith, confirmed at Faith Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, and attended school in Thief River Falls.  She graduated from T.R.F. high school in 1972 and was united in marriage to Timothy Hanson on January 8, 1972 at Faith Lutheran Church in T.R.F.  She and Tim made their life long home in T.R.F.  where Tim owned and operated a construction company and Jean worked at home and later at Challenger Elementary School in T.R.F.   Tim passed away unexpectedly in 2005 and Jean continued to make her home in T.R.F. before moving to Virginia, later to Pennsylvania and later moving back to the Thief River Falls community where she has since resided.  Jean passed away peacefully at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND after a long-fought battle with cancer on July 25, 2019 at the age of 65 years, 10 months, and 16 days.

Jean is survived by her son Marc (Katie) Hanson of Thief River Falls, her daughter Gretchen (Dan) Gotthard of Wescosville, PA, her grandchildren Sophia, Nicholas, and Olivia Gotthard, Kaitlyn, Maive, and Knox Hanson; her mother Verna Rood of Thief River Falls; 1 sister Carolyn Ecklund of Oslo, MN; 2 brothers: Michael Rood of Crookston, MN, and Wayne Rood of Hudson, WI; her special friend Albert Penas of Thief River Falls and his family: Mary (Russ) Anderson of Greenbush, Danny (Noreen) Penas of Badger, Sam (Amber) Penas of Phoenix and all their children: Hannah and Thor Anderson, Tenisha and Josie Penas, and Kingston Penas; along with many nephews, nieces, and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her father Dewey and her husband Tim.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00PM, Monday, July 29, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls

Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.


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