Leone “Oney” Clara Hanson
Leone “Oney” Clara Hanson, 76, a life-long resident of Lake Mills, passed away Sunday, May 13, 2018 at the Oakwood Care Center, Clear Lake. Memorial services were held at Saturday, May 19, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Scarville, with Pastor Randy Baldwin officiating.Burial of cremains was held in North Prairie Cemetery.
Oney was born July 15, 1941 in Lake Mills, to Gilbert and Margaret Bidne. She attended school in Scarville and finished at Lake Mills High School class of 1959. Oney then received her Associate of Arts degree from Waldorf College in 1961.
Oney then worked as a secretary in Minneapolis, Minn. It is then that she met Duane Hanson. They both shared the same love of country music and were married Aug. 9, 1963, at North Prairie Lutheran Church, rural Scarville. Soon after, they moved to the Bidne family farm, where they spent most of their married life.
Oney held many jobs over the years. She has worked at Stitchcraft, Winnebago County Home, Lake Mills Fertilizer Plant, Lake Mills Nursing Home, Lake Mills Co-op Creamery and The Scarville Post Office.
Oney was an active member of North Prairie Lutheran Church, where she served in many capacities. She enjoyed league bowling, snowmobilers club, River City Sweet Adelines chorus, birthday club and many card clubs over the years.
Oney was a lifelong crafter. She has done everything from needlework, toll painting, ceramics, quilting, photography, knitting, crocheting and most treasured are her many scrapbooks she created for each of her grandchildren. She has left her mark in many ways for others to treasure.
Throughout her life with Duane, they enjoyed gatherings with family that revolved around music. They also traveled to Branson and enjoyed watching country, gospel and blue-grass music together on Saturday evenings. After they became grandparents, they enjoyed cheering on their grandchildren as they participated in their many events.
Oney’s family was her most prized possession. She is survived by her three children: daughter, Deb (Troy) Heller, Tripoli; son, Mike (Beth) Hanson, Lake Mills; son, Corey Hanson, White Bear Lake, Minn.; and six grandchildren: Kyle (Carli) Heller, Kirstin Heller, Kolby Heller, Keely Heller, T.J. Hanson and Hannah Hanson; and great-granddaughters; Cayleigh Heller, Mylah Heller and Victoria Heller (to be born in August); and brother-in-law and sisters-in-law.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Duane Hanson; parents, Gilbert and Margaret Bidne; her in-laws, Edmund and Sarah Hanson; infant brothers, Wayne and William; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.