Lois Hansen, age 93, of Browns Valley, MN, died on August 28, 2020, at Browns Valley Health Center.
A private family funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 2, at 2:00 p.m., at Zion Lutheran Church in Browns Valley. Pastor Nathanael Biberdorf will officiate. The public is invited to join the family for the committal service at Valley View Cemetery in Browns Valley, at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday.
Musicians will be Ginny Westbrock and Rob Lubbers; vocalists will be Kristi Bjerkness, Jackson Piechowski, and Jason Piechowski. Urn bearers will be her grandsons: Brad Nelson, Rob Lubbers, Jason Piechowski, Jackson Piechowski, Christopher Hansen, and Cody Hansen. Honorary bearers will be her grandsons: Mark Rentz, and Mitch Hansen.
Lois Estelle Augustine Hansen was born on April 4, 1927, in Watertown, SD. She was the only child of Harry Curtis Augustine and Ida Amanda (Kirkeby) Augustine. Lois grew up on the family farm near Bradley, SD, and graduated as Valedictorian of the Class of 1945 at Bradley High School. She was united in marriage with Robert M. Hansen on September 21, 1946. They moved to Browns Valley, MN, in 1947. Lois lived in her home until entering Browns Valley Health Center in June of 2018.
Lois was a “stay at home” mom, caring for her six children. She worked at Hansen Chevrolet, and later, Hansen Pole Buildings. She was a faithful member of Zion Lutheran Church since 1947. Lois was involved in school and community activities. She taught Sunday School, was a member of the Historical Society, and served on the Browns Valley Library Board. She enjoyed singing in the church and community choirs. She was a member of Progress Study Club, the Red Hats, and Band Mothers. She was a talented seamstress and sewed clothing for her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed needlepoint and reading. Most importantly, Lois loved spending time with her family and friends. She always enjoyed shopping with her daughters on any day and anytime!
Left to cherish her memory are her six children: Dorothy (Dewain) Nelson of Wilmot, SD; Carolyn (Gary) Lubbers of Chandler, AZ; Virginia (Kenny) Westbrock of Browns Valley, MN; Nancy (Dan) Rentz of Apple Valley, MN; Jill (Brian Nelson) Hansen of Browns Valley, MN; and Michael (Kim) Hansen of Browns Valley, MN; 14 grandchildren: Brad (Becky) Nelson of Wilburton, OK; Julie (Kleon) Kvatum of Wilmot, SD; Lisa (Larry) Williams of Chandler, AZ; Rob Lubbers of Chandler, AZ; Kim Davidson of Rosholt, SD; Kristi (Mike) Bjerkness of Brainerd, MN; Kerri (Robert) Huff of Sisseton, SD; Kelsey (Peter) Christenson of Apple Valley, MN; Mark (Ashley) Rentz of Apple Valley, MN; Jason (Rachel) Piechowski of Browns Valley, MN; Jackson (Kimberly) Piechowski of Port Charlotte, FL; Christopher (Nicole) Hansen of Browns Valley, MN; Mitch (Alejandra) Hansen of Lake Balboa, CA; and Cody (Jordan) Hansen of Browns Valley, MN; 15 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law and brother-in-law: Judy Hansen, and Mark Hansen, both of Browns Valley, MN.
Lois was preceded in death by her parents: Harry and Ida; her husband, Robert in 1988; and great-granddaughter, Ashley Nelson.