Irene Hansen, 1928-2016

Published 10:01 am Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Memorial services for Irene Hansen, 88, of Albert Lea will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home. The Rev. Dwight Netzer will officiate. Friends may greet the family from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Wednesday. Online condolences are welcome at

Irene Hansen

Irene Hansen

Irene died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, at Thorne Crest Senior Living Community.

Irene A. Hansen was born April 15, 1928 in Albert Lea, the daughter of Chris and Johanna (Kjar) Andersen. She graduated from Albert Lea High School. On May 5, 1948, Irene married Harlen Hansen. She worked as a telephone operator for Northwestern Bell. Irene was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She was also a member of Telephone Pioneers, Danish Brotherhood, Meals on Wheels and Bridge Club.

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She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, quilting, soap operas and dancing. She particularly enjoyed taking care of her grandkids and baking with them.

Irene is survived by her children Debbie (Gary) Cunningham, Barbara (Tony) Hanson and Jerome (Vicky) Hansen; grandchildren Kate (Bob) Schlagel, Bryan (Evie) Cunningham, Andy (fiancee, Marie Grund) Hansen and Amy (Tom) Schafer; great-grandchildren Ava, Addie, Lia, Eli, Logan and Elsie; sisters Hannah Powell and Evy (Ben) Burns; sister-in-law, Irma Petersen; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harlen; parents-in-law Jacob and Katherine Hansen; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Herbert and Evie Hansen, Myrna and Barney Frazier, Elmer and Aileen Hansen, Virgil Petersen and Fred Powell; and great-grandson, Robert Schlagel.

Memorials are preferred to Mayo Health Systems Albert Lea Hospice.