Evelyn Hanson, 95, of Crookston, passed away peacefully Thursday, May 21, 2020 at Villa St Vincent in Crookston, MN. Evelyn Brekken was born September 22, 1924 in Crookston to Manley and Mayme (Mulvaney) Brekken. She graduated from the Cathedral High School and received her teaching certificate from East Grand Forks Teachers Training School. She then taught grades one through eight in a one-room schoolhouse and 7 decades later would still have former students acknowledge her and the times they shared at that school. Evelyn married Howard Hanson on August 16, 1947 at the Cathedral in Crookston. Together they farmed for over 40 years south of Crookston and raised 8 children. She was a member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, West Fairfax Home Study Group, the VFW Auxiliary, and a charter member of St Francis Circle. Evelyn had a wonderful sense of humor and was a kind and giving mom, grandma, aunt and friend.
She will be so sadly missed by her family including 3 sons: Robert (Rene) Hanson of Derby, KS., Duane (Karen) Hanson of Crookston, James (Nancy) Hanson of Okemos, MI, and 3 daughters: Beverly (Andrew) Tucker of Lexington, KY, Connie (Brian) Schendel of West Fargo, ND, and Susan (Jon) Ewers of Inver Grove Heights, MN. Also surviving are 17 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild and many nieces and nephews. What a life! She is also survived by a son-in-law, Donald (Joy) Martodam of Hawley, MN; and a sister-in-law, Wanda Brekken of Crookston. Evelyn was preceded in death by Howard, her beloved husband of 67 years; two daughters, Sandra Martodam and Kathy Hanson; her parents; and 7 brothers: Raymond, Romuald, Paul, Robert, Albert, Wilburn, and Manley Jr.
The family would like to gratefully acknowledge and thank the staff of Villa St Vincent/The Summit, and Hospice of the Red River Valley, for their kind and compassionate care. We would also like to sincerely thank all those who visited mom in the years since Dad died, especially Larry and Judy Brekken and Jeanne Brekken. Mom so enjoyed those visits. Blessed be the memory of Evelyn Hanson.
A public Mass of Christian Burial for Evelyn Hanson will be held at 11:00am, Friday, June 19, 2020, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston with The Rev. Vincent Miller, presiding. The Rosary will be recited at 9:45am with visitation to follow until the time of the service. Interment will take place at the Calvary Cemetery in Crookston for both Evelyn and her daughter, Kathleen Hanson, who passed away on December 22, 2019. In lieu of flowers please consider a gift in Evelyn’s honor to the Cathedral, Villa St. Vincent/Summit, or Hospice of the Red River Valley. Due to COVID-19 and Cathedral restrictions social distancing is to be observed when greeting the family and masks are recommended.