Aileen Hansen, 79, Albert Lea

Published 12:00 am Sunday, October 16, 2005

Funeral services for Aileen Mary Hansen, 79, of Albert Lea, will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 17, at St. Theodore Catholic Church in Albert Lea. The Rev. Jim Berning and Deacon Mike Ellis will officiate.

Interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday at St. Theodore Catholic Church with a scriptural prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will be at the church one hour before the services on Monday.

Aileen died surrounded by the love of her family on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2005, at Thorne Crest Retirement Center.

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She was born on Sept. 8, 1926, in Owatonna, the daughter of Chester and Mary (Quinn) Morrison.

She graduated from Blooming Prairie High School and then worked for the school district, Wilson and Company in Albert Lea and Blooming Prairie Co-op Oil.

On Aug. 5, 1950, she married Elmer W. Hansen at St. Columbus Catholic Church in Blooming

Prairie. To this union nine children were born; Mary, Paul, Marjorie, Karen, Michael, Karol, Jon, Ron and Dan.

In addition to all the loving care she gave her family, Aileen had also worked at Speltz Elevator in Myrtle and Glenville and later the Glenville Bank.

She also enjoyed taking an active role as a leader for the Myrtle 4-H Club for several years.

The couple lived in Twin Lakes, Hayward and for many years on a farm near Myrtle. In 1986, they moved back to Hayward where Aileen lived until she moved to Thorne Crest in 1996. The family is very grateful for the loving, devoted care she received while she resided there.

She was a member of St. Theodore Catholic Church, the V.F.W., American Legion, DOES and Elks Auxiliaries. She also enjoyed reading, crocheting, baking, playing cards, sewing, dancing and the Freeborn County Fair.

Family was Aileen’s greatest treasure and attending all of the events her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were involved in are

what gave her life purpose, especially in her last years.

Aileen will be greatly missed by her family, her children and their families. They include: Mary and her husband, Paul Bonnerup, of Stewartville; Amy (Jon) Buckmeier and children, Anna, Lauren and Matt (Jana) Bonnerup; Paul Hansen and his wife, Karen, of Glenville and Kate, Jake, Ellen and Pete; Marjorie and her husband, Stephen Thorn, of Albert Lea and Lisa (David) Castle and children, Charlie, Cashlin and Allison; Maggie(John) Keane, Whitney, Stephen and Cara; Karen and her husband, Doug Nelson, of Rochester and Jeff, Ryan and Ben; Michael Hansen and his wife, Dorenne, of Glenville, and Heidi, Alex, and Logan; Karol Hansen and Dianne Johns of Waseca; Jon Hansen and his wife, Vicki, of Albert Lea, and Josh, Zach, Beau, Cody, Cory, and Lucas; Ron Hansen of Waseca and Hayden, Blake, and Abigail; Dan Hansen and his wife, Stacey, of Mantorville, and Corben, Megan, Mallory, and Emma; Jeff and Dyann Baumann of Emmons and MacKenzie, Mallory, and Dana; brother Alan Morrison and wife, Delores, of Lakeville, sister Marguerite Morrison and Judy McGuire of Sacramento, Calif.; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Harlan(Irene) Hansen of Albert Lea, Evelyn Hansen of Blue Earth, Irma Peterson of Milwaukee, Oregon; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Elmer, in 1992, brothers-in-law Herbert Hansen, Virgil Peterson, sister-in-law Myrna and her husband, Barney Frazier.

Aileen had a very kind and gentle spirit and that tenderness will always be remembered, as well as her keen sense of humor, which always put smiles on the faces of those she loved.

In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to St. Theodore Catholic Church or Thorne Crest Retirement Center.