Betty Hanson, 1940-2018

Published 1:00 am Monday, July 23, 2018

Memorial services for Betty J. Hanson, 77, of Albert Lea will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home. The Rev. Daphne Hamborg will officiate. Interment will be at Graceland Cemetery. Friends may greet the family one hour prior to the service at the funeral home Wednesday. Online condolences are welcome at

Betty Hanson

Betty died Thursday, July 19, 2018 in her home.

Betty Jean Hanson was born Aug. 22, 1940, in Hartland, the daughter of Willis and Esther (Borge) Getskow. She grew up in southern Minnesota. She graduated from Freeborn High School.

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On Aug. 30, 1958, Betty was united in marriage to Edwin “Eddie” Hanson at Trinity Lutheran Church.

She was a member of the Eagles Auxiliary and the Moose Lodge. She was one of the original volunteers with hospice and served on the altar guild at Grace Lutheran Church.

Betty enjoyed embroidery, reading, cooking, gardening and needlecraft. She also loved traveling and playing games.

Betty is survived by her husband, Eddie; daughter, Susan Hansen; sister, Peggy (Dale) Detjen; brothers James (Karen) Getskow and John (Veronica) Getskow; sisters-in-laws Sandy Getskow, Helen Getskow and Janice Prescher; aunt, Carol Tenney; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Ellen and Gary Alkire; brother-in-law, Larry Hanson, and Judy Brambling; special friends Annalynn and Scott Peterson; and many nieces and nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by her father, Willis Getskow; mother, Esther Johnson; stepdad, Clarence Johnson; brothers Harold Getskow, Stanley Getskow, George Getskow and Donald Getskow; grandparents Sigurd and Agatha Borge; and aunts and uncles.

Her family wishes to express their profound gratitude to the fantastic hospice team that cared so lovingly for Betty and appreciation to the oncology department at Mayo Clinic.

Memorials are preferred to the Senior Center or TOPS Club in Albert Lea.