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Claretta K. Hansen

June 7, 1941 April 22, 2014
Claretta K. Hansen
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Claretta Kay (Hermansen) Hansen was born on June 7, 1941 to Edward and Mildred Hermansen. She grew up on a farm just east of Milltown with her brother, Chet and her two sisters, Rita and Connie. Retta graduated from Unity High School in 1959. After high school she took a job in Minneapolis working for Erickson Brothers Grocery Stores as a secretary. In 1960 Retta married Delmar Hansen of Georgetown, WI. They had five daughters, Tami, Shelby, Barb, Diane and Jessica. They lived many places in the first few years of their marriage and finally bought a farm just north of Centuria in 1972 and lived there until 1988. At that time they moved to Milltown, WI. Retta also worked at Fabri-Tek in Amery and in 1968 started driving school bus for Unity School District. This became not only a job, but a passion. She continued to drive school bus for 32 years. During those 32 years she drove to as many sporting events for her daughters as possible. After her daughters graduated, she discovered a love of high school baseball and drove the bus for the Unity Baseball team for many years. She became the good luck charm and it was said, a game wasnt the same without Retta. In her free time Retta was very active, she played softball, pitched horseshoe, shot pool and went fishing. She loved to watch and listen to the Minnesota Twins, Green Bay Packers and Gopher Football teams. She was the custodian at the Milltown Lutheran Church for many years, helped with the women of the church and the annual bazaar. Retta spent many hours in the garden and loved flowers. She loved to sing, dance, listen to music and feed the birds. Retta was devoted to her church, a good friend to many, and a wonderful daughter, sister and mother. On April 22, 2014, Retta lost a long fought battle with Alzheimers. She will be deeply missed. Retta is preceded by her parents and her sister, Rita Christensen. She is survived by her brother, Chet Hermansen and sister, Connie (Steve) Fredrickson; her daughters, Tami (Doug) LeMire, Shelby (Bruce) Cockrell, Barb (Joel) Morgan, Diane (Marty) Dyson and Jessica (Mike) Sine; 9 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and ex-husband, Delmar Hansen. Memorial services were held at Milltown Lutheran Church on Saturday, April 26, 2014 with Rev. Maggie Isaacson officiating. Cheryl Peper was organist. An online guestbook is available at www.rowefh.com or www.wicremationcenter.com . Arrangements were entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home of Luck, 715-472-2444 and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown,715-825-5550.

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