Thief River Falls - Alma A. Hanson, 92, Thief River Falls, formerly Plummer, died Friday May 17, 2013 at Thief River Care Center, Thief River Falls.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 21 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Plummer, with Rev. Jonathan Dodson officiating. Casket bearers included Roger Gallant, Bradley Kangas, Robert Newland, Steve Haugen, Michael Knoll, Brian Laymon and Jim Davis. Honorary casket bearers included all of Alma’s nieces and nephews. Interment will follow at the Finnish Cemetery in rural Plummer.
Alma Amanda Kangas was born on April 30, 1921 at home in Becker County, to Emil and Tilda (Peterson) Kangas. She was baptized and confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church and attended School District 62. Her father died when Alma was 5 years old and also her brother, Ronald age 2 died that same year. Tilda raised the kids and Alma helped her a lot. Alma later worked as a nanny and waitressed as a young woman.
On Nov. 10, 1956 Alma was united in marriage to Arthur B. Hanson in Menahga, in the parsonage. The newly married couple made their home in Minneapolis, before buying a farm near Plummer. They traveled and worked back and forth between Plummer and Minneapolis before buying a different farm, where they milked cows and farmed.
Then Art, Alma and Clarence bought what became Hanson’s Bar in Plummer in the 1970s and operated it for over many years. In June 2003, Art and Alma moved to Thief River Falls.
Alma was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Plummer, the Plummer Senior Citizens, and Plummer Legion Auxiliary.
Alma never missed a family event and they shared much love and support for family and friends. Alma loved to play bingo and loved to be a part of fun activities. She was always a very loving and generous lady. Alma and Art enjoyed many trips visiting family and friends.
Survivors include niece, Susan (Al) Samuelson; nephews, Mike Salminen and Bradley Kangas, and their families; numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews on the Hanson side; sisters-in-law, Betty Knoll Huderle (Ed Huderle) of Warren, and JoAnn (Maynard) Laymon of Warren; and many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur in 2005; parents; brothers, Alvin, Donald (Ann) and Ronald; nephews, Steve Salminen and Ronald Kangas; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law on the Hanson side including, infant, Alice Hanson, Harold (Helen) Hanson, Ann (Norman) Newland, Clarence Hanson, Ardith Haugen Zimpel, Frank Knoll; niece, Shelly Flaten; and nephew, Bruce Laymon.
Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com. Memorials will be used for a scholarship at the Plummer School in Art and Alma’s names.