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Anna ‘Ann’ A. Hanson, 95

Anna ‘Ann’ A. Hanson, age 95, of Delano, died Saturday, March 27, 2010, at Golden Living Center of Excelsior.

A memorial service will take place at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Delano Saturday, May 15 at 10:30 a.m., followed by a reception and celebration of Anna’s life at the church. Memorials are preferred.

Since March 27, 2006, “Ann,” as her Delano friends knew her, had lived in assisted living facilities in the metro area, returning to Delano and The Legacy of Delano for the last two months of 2009.

Ann was born July 22, 1914, to Hjalmar (Jim) and Mildred (Gustavson) Swanberg in Norquay, Saskatchewan, Canada. She weighed 3 pounds when she was born in a small log home.

Ann and her family emigrated from Canada to Chicago, IL when she was 10 years old. In 1931, she moved to Delano with her family. She liked to tell the story of going to Charlie Motzko’s store after having frequented Marshall Field’s with her aunt in Chicago – quite a contrast.

In the same year, in Delano, she married Roy Hanson, whom she had known in Chicago. He was a “Norwegian bachelor,” who lived down the street from the Swanberg family in the suburb of Maywood, IL.

Roy and Ann owned and operated a couple of bakeries and eventually a bakery and coffee shop on the main street of Delano, known fittingly as the Home Bakery; the couple and their family of three daughters lived in an apartment behind the bakery.

Ann and Roy had many wonderful friends among other business owners, who also had their stores in Delano’s then bustling downtown. The young couples liked nothing better than playing cards, “500,” after the stores closed. Roy and Ann also enjoyed the companionship of friends at their church home of Mt. Olive Lutheran. Ann was, for many years, an active member of the Mt. Olive Women’s Club, where she also enjoyed many friendships.

Ann continued playing her favorite card game for many, many years, especially when her daughter, Eleanor Bruhn, was her partner at the Monday night Card Marathon at the school. She also enjoyed her membership in the General Federated Women’s Club of Delano, and had a lot of fun attending out-of-town meetings and conventions.

Ann and Roy moved to Plymouth after their girls graduated from Delano High School. After Roy died in 1969, Ann moved back to Delano and once again, began clerking in stores in Delano. Prior to leaving Delano, she clerked at the Red Owl grocery store, Kritzeck’s Variety or Five & Dime store, Lebovsky’s Dry Goods store, and Lundeen’s Clothing Store. Upon her return, she clerked at Schmidt’s Red & White, and the same grocery store when it was owned by Bob Stabenow.

Ann was among the first, if not the first resident, of the Crow River Villa, where she was employed to assist the first two administrators. She retired at age 86.

In addition to her husband, Roy, Ann was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Eleanor Bruhn; sisters Mildred Polzin and Muriel Guilfoile; and a very young brother, Jimmie.

She is survived by her children, Ann Jackson of Costa Mesa, CA, and Ruby Hanson of Plymouth; son-in-law Clarence “Deacon” Bruhn of Delano; grandsons Douglas Bruhn and Pat and their daughters, Allison and Jacque; Bradley Bruhn and Carol and their daughters, Kate and Claire; and Gregory Bruhn and Carol and their daughters, Ashlee and Meghan; a brother, Fritz Swanberg and his wife, Rosetta; and many nieces and nephews.