AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Shirley Hansen, of Mora, formerly of Grasston, passed away on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at the Abbott Northwestern Hospital. She was 88 years old.
A private family service was held. A public Celebration of Life for both Ted and Shirley will be held at a later date.
Shirley Hansen of Grasston, Minnesota passed away on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at the age of 88 due to complications with Covid-19.
Born in her hometown of Grasston, on October 26, 1931. Shirley was raised by her parents Emmanuel “Ole” and Edna (Westin) Sylvander. After graduating from Braham High School, she moved to St. Paul where she worked as a bank receptionist. On August 2, 1952, Shirley and Carl “Ted” Hansen wed and were blessed with four children. For 40 years, they dairy-farmed together just east of Grasston, working as the second generation on this Century farm.
During her lifetime, Shirley was involved in the Grange, Ladies Aid, Sunday School teachings, 4-H, neighborhood birthday clubs, and Homemakers. Other hobbies included gardening, canning, sewing, cooking, polka dancing, and camping. After selling their dairy herd in 1991, they traveled around Canada and Norway.
Shirley was proud to be a farmer’s wife and enjoyed milking the cows, raising calves, chickens, driving the tractor, and working side-by-side her husband. Through the years, they received several awards from the dairy association. She enjoyed researching the history of Grasston and eventually turned her passion into creating two Grasston history books.
On August 2 2020 Ted and Shirley celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, three sisters, and one daughter, Cynthia. Shirley was loved by many and will be missed by all.
Shirley is survived by her husband, Carl “Ted” Hansen of St. Clare’s, three children, Peter, Judy (Rick) Wolf, and Tom; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.