Sharon Hanson

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Sharon Lenore Hanson

July 19, 1942 • September 24, 2018

Sharon Hanson, 76, of Willmar, Minnesota (formerly of Appleton and Benson) died Monday, Sep. 24, 2018 in the St. Cloud Hospital.  Memorial services were held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson.  Pastor Art Wiese officiated.  Interment was in the Appleton City Cemetery.

Sharon Lenore Hanson was born July 19, 1942 in Appleton, the daughter of Wilfred and Leonora (Maynard) Stock.  She was baptized August 23, 1942 and was confirmed June 9, 1957, both at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton.  Sharon was raised in Appleton where she graduated from Appleton High School, Class of 1960.  She earned a two year accounting degree and also completed courses in Women’s Studies.  

November 27, 1960, she was united in marriage to Reuben Hanson at Zion Lutheran Church by Pastor Clifford Nelson.  This union was blessed with one daughter, Terri, and over 54 years together.

During her working years, Sharon was employed as a daycare provider, worked for Swift in Marshall, for B&H Electronics in Marshall and was plant manager in Appleton, and owned Shari Dee Fabrics.  For many years she and Reuben owned and operated Reuben’s Red Owl and Hanson’s Family Foods in Appleton.  After retirement, Sharon worked as a Nurses Aid in both Appleton and Benson.  She also worked in the Emergency Admit department at Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris.  Sharon was the first woman to be elected to the City Council in Appleton.  She also served as an election judge in Appleton for many years, was an active member of the Appleton Golf Course, and served as President of the Zion WELCA.  Sharon enjoyed playing Bridge, Whist, and any other card game that you can think of!  She also liked to play Scrabble, Boggle, Sorry, and to visit over a diet Coke or coffee with cream.  Sharon adored her grandsons and her great-grandchildren…she loved to care for them whenever she could.

Sharon is survived by her daughter, Terri Scott (Todd Rasmussen) of Benson; grandson, Ethan Scott (Libby Cable) of the Twin Cities; brother, Ron (Pam) Stock of Weed, CA; great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  

She was preceded in death by her husband, Reuben; grandson, Eric Scott; parents, Wilfred Stock and Leonora Barr; sister, Dianne (Loren) Johnson; parents-in-law, Matt and Signe Hanson; brothers-in-law, Sigvald (Alice) Hanson and Harold (Eunice) Hanson; sister-in-law, Helen  (Marvin) Zimmerman.

Blessed be the memory of Sharon Lenore Hanson. 

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