|Dorothy A. Hanson, 88|
|Written by TRF Times|
Thief River Falls - Dorothy Ann Hanson, 88, died on Saturday, January 29, 2005, at Northwest Medical Center, CNC Unit, Thief River Falls.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, February 1, 2005, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, with Rev. Gerry Eggers officiating. Casket bearers included Jim Dalager, Kenneth Beauchane, Bill Deroscher, Jim Gunstad, Gary Holmgren Jr. and Craig Lindahl. Interment will be at Community Cemetery in St. Hilaire.
Dorothy Ann Gunstad was born April 14, 1916, near St. Hilaire, to John and Anna (Anderson) Gunstad. She was baptized by the Reverend Henry Pope and confirmed in 1931 by the Reverend M. L. Dahle in the Norwegian Lutheran Church, St. Hilaire.
Dorothy attended country schools from first through eighth grades and graduated from St. Hilaire High School in 1932, at the age of 16. She obtained her two-year degree from Moorhead State College. At the age of 18, Dorothy began her teaching career in the St. Hilaire School. She found moving to new communities exciting and subsequently taught in elementary schools in Middle River, Bagley, Wahpeton and Two Harbors (her favorite).
In 1949, Dorothy married Kermit Hanson. She and Kermit made their home in Thief River Falls and raised their children there.
Dorothy returned to the classroom in 1958, teaching first grade at Northrop School; she later replaced Ruth Mickelson in the Northrop kindergarten. She enrolled in evening and summer classes and obtained her bachelor’s degree from Bemidji State College in 1965. She described teaching as “fun” and she enjoyed the individual personalities of her students. Dorothy was named Teacher of the Year in 1980 and retired in 1981.
A fifty-year member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Dorothy was active in the Sunday School program and in Claudia Circle. Dorothy’s community activities included participation in the Historical Society, Heritage Center and Delta Kappa Gamma Education Sorority. Her creative pursuits included tatting, rosemalling, sewing, quilting, and doll collecting. Dorothy appreciated nature and her initiative for kindergarteners to grow oak trees from acorns expanded into a tree planting program with Soil and Water Conservation District sponsorship.
In their retirement years, Dorothy and Kermit dedicated time to volunteer work, including involvement in organizations serving the mentally ill. They also enjoyed travel, dancing, collecting antiques and caning chairs. Following Kermit’s death in 1998, Dorothy resided in Summerfield Apartments and Valley Home.
Survivors include her daughter, Katherine Hanson; her son, Charles Hanson; one brother, Robert Gunstad; one niece, Debra Rustad; nephews, Robert Gunstad Jr. and James Gunstad; cousins, Shirley and Curtis Johnson, and several grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kermit; her parents, and her brother Raymond.