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L. Evelyn Hanson - Skow

January 3, 2011
L. Evelyn Hanson - Skow
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Lillian Evelyn Hanson - Skow, 96, of Luck, WI passed away January 3, 2011 at the United Pioneer Home in Luck. Evelyn was born October 5, 1914 in Milltown Township to Rhynhart and Anna (Lynn) Sorenson, the fifth of thirteen children. Rhynhart was a Danish immigrant who involved the family in farming 80 acres located east of Luck. Evelyn was baptized and confirmed (1930) in the Luck Lutheran Church, later recognized as the oldest confirmed member. Evelyn attended school through the eighth grade, walking both ways to the Sunnyview School near Milltown, WI. She began working on her own at age 14 or 15 doing laundry and other maid duties at the West Hotel in Luck for several years.

Evelyn met and married Arthur Hanson (Benner Lumber) in 1937. To this union one son, Ronald was born. They were married 27 years until Art died in 1964. When Duncan Yo Yo came to Luck, Evelyn began a career in factory work putting in 17 years with Duncan and several more years at Sconsin Products, also in Luck. Evelyn married Orval Hanson (Land O’Lakes) after Art’s passing, continuing to live on the family farm on County Road B in Laketown.

Evelyn and Orval were married 13 years until his passing in 1978. She then moved to an apartment in Luck to provide live-in assistance to Esther Alm and the hobby/work she loved: babysitting. She is still remembered by many as “Grandma Evelyn” for those years. In 1986 she married Leonard Skow and moved to his dairy farm between Luck and Frederic where she continued babysitting, gardening and other interests. Upon his retirement from farming, Leonard sold the farm and they moved to a home in Luck.

Evelyn was also active with the Luck Women of the Church and was known for hand-stitching squares for church quilting projects. Evelyn was very self-reliant, continuing to live in their home after Leonard died in 1992 until she made her own decision to move to the United Pioneer Home in January 2004. Her biggest joy was her great-grandchildren. Seeing them and loving them, many believe, kept her going through difficult health issues in later years.

Evelyn is survived by her son, Ronald (Kathy) Hanson of Luck; grandsons, Brian (Theresa) Hanson of Chili, WI and Bruce (Sarah) Hanson of Houlton, WI; great-grandsons, Zachary and Cole (Brian’s sons) and Ethan and Andrew (Bruce’s sons): two sisters, Florence (Verner) Carlson of Superior, WI and Mae Klawitter of Duluth, MN; one brother, Richard (Betty) Sorenson of Onalaska, WI; along with many nieces, nephews and extended family: Curtis (Janet) Hanson (both deceased) and their daughters, Cheryl and Kristen; Dale (Janise) Skow and their daughters, Kristan, Kayla and daughter Kenzie. In addition to her parents and spouses, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Barbara Jean, five brothers and four sisters.

Visitation will be held at the Rowe Funeral Home in Luck on Friday, January 7 from 5-7:00 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at Luck Lutheran Church on Saturday, January 8 at 11:00 a.m. - preceded by visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Online condolences may be left at Please continue to check our websites for updated information or call Bruce Rowe at 715-472-2444.
Rowe Funeral Home of Luck, Wisconsin has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.

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