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Obituary for Audrey V. Hanson
Audrey Victoria Hanson died July 15, 2008, in Luck, WI. She was 87 years old. Audrey was born in Woodville, WI, the daughter of Sig and Stella Nelson. She attended elementary school and graduated from Woodville High School in 1938. She attended River Falls University for one year and nurse’s training for one year at Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis. On September 5, 1940, she was united in marriage to Warren Hanson at Zion Lutheran Church in Woodville where she had been baptized and confirmed. They moved to Frederic, WI, where she lived for the rest of her life. She was the organist at Zion Lutheran Church of Bone Lake. During those years she played not only for church services, but also for Christmas programs, accompanied numerous soloists, selected and coordinated music for funerals and celebrations. She was also a gifted violinist and for many years was a member of a string quartet that performed in the upper Midwest. She also accompanied two separate girls’ trios which entertained the community and competed at the state level. One of her favorite pastimes was dancing. Music was her gift and other peoples’ enjoyment. She worked as a cashier at the co-op grocery store in Frederic from 1956-1972. In the summers of 1967 and 1968 she and her friend, Eileen Thompson, operated the Luck Drive Inn. There were many long hours, but many great memories. Audrey was preceded in death by her parents; son, Kent in 1960; and grandson, Jason Furlong in 1987. She is survived by former husband, Warren Hanson; son, Doug (Joyce) Hanson of Frederic; daughters, Sharon Weiser of Scottsdale, AZ, and Jill (Kevin) Furlong of Stillwater, MN; five grandchildren, Tanya Hanson, Kari Vernon, Kessea Weiser Fjelstad, Megan Furlong and Ryan Furlong; seven great grandchildren; sister, Shirley Anderson; sister-in-law, Marilyn Baardson; two nieces and six nephews. Audrey was a caring loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She will be remembered and treasured in our hearts for her kind, wise and selfless love she openly gave to her family and all who knew her. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 23, at 2:00 p.m. at Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, WI. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. and continue until the time of service. Rowe Funeral Home of Luck, Wisconsin, was entrusted with funeral arrangements.