Delores Mae Hanson, 89, Minot, died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, in a Minot hospital.
Delores was born Oct. 9. 1923, in Mayville. The daughter of Richard and Margaret (nee Jonsson) Schulz, she was raised on the family farm near Amenia, and attended country schools in that area. She graduated from Casselton High School and furthered her education at Moorhead State Teacher College, Moorhead, Minn., where she received a bachelor of arts in education.
After working as a munitions factory manager in Michigan during World War II, Delores taught high school for several years in Grafton and then Pelican Rapids, Minn., where she met the love of her life, Odin C. O. Hanson. They were united in marriage on June 17, 1946, in Moorhead. The couple moved to Minot in 1948, where Odin took a sales position with Nabisco. Along with raising their four children, Delores was employed by Minot Federal Savings and Loan. She taught for 17 years for Minot Public Schools as a homebound instructor.
Delores was a longtime member of Christ Lutheran Church in Minot, where she was active with the Women of the Church, served on the church council and taught Sunday school classes. She was also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority, an active member of the North Dakota Women’s Republican Party, a voracious reader, respectable bridge player, and enjoyed gardening, corresponding with relatives in Sweden, spending time with her family and vacationing.
Delores is survived by: her loving children, Kyle (Celeste) Hanson, of Minot, Signe (Jim) Schmelzer, of Rochester, Minn., Todd Hanson, of Largo, Fla., and Julie (Harry) Thrailkill, of Minot; grandchildren, Danny (Tasha) Hanson, Adam and Maija Schmelzer, Jacob, Liam and Matthew Thrailkill; grandson-in-law, Todd Behm; five great-grandchildren, Olivia, Owen and Oakdin Hanson and Ethan and Avery Behm; stepgrandchildren, Travis and April Hiller; five stepgreat-grandchildren; brothers, Wally Schulz, of Marquette, Mich., and George Schulz, of Pelican Rapids, Minn.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Delores was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 66 years, Odin; granddaughter, Chandie Behm; and brother, Carl Schulz.
Funeral service: Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, Minot.
Visitation: Today, Aug. 23, from 2 to 6 p.m., at Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Graveside service: Monday, Aug. 26, at 10:30 a.m. at Oak Grove Cemetery, Fergus Falls, Minn.
Memorials: Are preferred to Christ Lutheran Church or Trinity Hospice, both Minot.
Those wanting to sign the online memorial register or share memories and condolences are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).