The Free Press, Mankato, MN


October 13, 2013

Nancy J. Hansen

—      Nancy J. Hansen, age 66, of rural Janesville, passed away peacefully into everlasting glory with her Lord on Sunday, October 13, 2013, at Mayo Health Systems ~ Mankato, after courageously battling cancer for the past seven months.  Nancy was a loving wife, amazing mother, and doting Grandma and Nana.

    Private family services will be held at the Arnoldt-McRaith Funeral Home & Crematory of Janesville, with the Rev. Dennis L. Heide, Pastor of Hosanna Lutheran Church in Mankato, officiating.  

    Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Nancy's Life on Wednesday evening starting at 4:30 p.m. at Jim and Nancy's home on Lake Elysian.  

    In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Hansen Family in memory of Nancy.

    Nancy Jane, the daughter of Martin and Myrtle (Aldrich) Fenske, was born on September 18, 1947, in Faribault.  She attended Faribault High School and graduated with the class of 1964 and on October 9, 1965, was united in marriage to James William Hansen in Faribault.  Nancy attended Nurse's Aide training and was a tremendous caregiver in the Faribault, Kilkenny, Waseca and Janesville areas for the past eighteen years.  

    She loved working in her flower beds, gardening, watching the birds at the lake, antique shopping, spending time at their cabin on Lake Milaca, and her two dachshunds.  Most of all, Nancy truly enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.  A heavenly adventure awaits  Nancy with God at the helm to touch even more lives with her tender heart and unselfishness.  We will feel her love in the glow of each sunset.

    She is survived by her husband James of rural Janesville; her children and families, and Scott (Tracey) Hansen and children, Brittany and Jason Hansen and Briona and Jaden Thomson of Janesville, and Jimmy Hansen and children, Ava and Nolan of Waseca; her sisters, Judy Miller-Thomas of Prior Lake and Dorothy Mae Hansen of Mankato; and by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Raymond (Jim) and Nilla (Andrews) Hansen; and also by her brother-in-law, Raymond Howard Hansen Jr.

    Nancy's family would like to thank the many family and friends and also the caring staff at Mayo Health Systems in Mankato for all their gracious help and support during this difficult time.

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