Gladys L. Hanson

April 27, 1921 – August 16, 2019

Gladys L. Hanson, 98, Lake Mills, passed away Friday, Aug. 16, 2019 at the Lake Mills Care Center. A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 26, at Salem Lutheran Church, Lake Mills, with Pastor Joel Guttormson officiating. Burial will take place in Salem Memorial Cemetery, rural Lake Mills. Visitation for Gladys is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 25, from 5-7 p.m. at Mittelstadt Funeral Home, Lake Mills, and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Memorials may be directed to the Salem Lutheran Church heating/cooling fund.
Gladys Lorraine (Johnson) Hanson was born April 27, 1921, on a farm east of Lake Mills to parents Gustof and Alma (Sanvik) Johnson. She attended Scarville schools and graduated in 1939. Following graduation, Gladys worked as a nanny in Lake Mills.
In 1942, she was married to Burton Kobbervig and traveled with him while he trained in the U.S. Army Air Corp. Burton died in Lake Mills in 1952 from health complications.
Gladys worked in the kitchen at the Lake Mills Community School from 1944 to 1954. On June 26, 1954, Gladys and Harvey Hanson, Northwood, were united in marriage. They made their home in Albert Lea, Minnn., where Harvey worked for Wilson & Co., and Gladys worked at Halverson Elementary School as a cook. They were members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Albert Lea for 24 years and in 1978 they retired and moved to Lake Mills.
Gladys was active at Salem Lutheran Church where she was on altar guild, was a member of WELCA, enjoyed her church circle, and helped with quilting. She also delivered meals on wheels, volunteered at the Lake Mills Care Center, and was a 74 year member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
Several trips were made to Leech Lake in Minnesota and to Las Vegas, Nevada, where she and Harvey enjoyed time spent with Gladys’ sister Alvira and Carl Kloster. Gladys loved her family gatherings with her siblings and other relatives, most often taking place on her parents’ farm.
Gladys will be remembered for her kindness with a smile, willingness to help others, her hospitality, wonderful cooking skills, and above all, her love of faith and family.
Gladys is survived by her son, Danny (Mary) Hanson, Sioux Falls, S.D.; a granddaughter, Kristina Krieger, Eagan, Minn.; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, Victor Sundsvold; husbands: Burton and Harvey; brothers: Palmer Johnson, Kenneth Johnson, Russel Sundsvold and Leslie Sundsvold; a sister, Alvira Kloster; daughter-in-law, Devra Hanson; and three nephews.


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Lake Mills, IA 50450

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