Lois Lenore (Joneson) Hansen
Lois L. (Joneson) Hansen, 86, Brandon, died Wednesday, December 2, 2015, at the Bethany Home of Brandon.
Family Visitation will be 3-5PM, Sunday, December 6, 2015, at Heartland Funeral Home with a short Prayer Service at 4:30PM. Funeral services will be 11:00AM, Monday, December 7, at Spirit of Truth Lutheran Church, Brandon. Interment will follow at Beaver Valley Lutheran Cemetery.
Lois Lenore Joneson was born November 21, 1929 at the family farm north of Valley Springs. She was the fifth daughter of Gust and Johanna (Nielsen) Joneson. She was proud to be the fifth generation member of Beaver Valley Church, Valley Springs, SD. Her grandparents, Swan and Eilmemia Joneson were founding members of the church. Lois was baptized, December 12, 1929, confirmed May 6, 1945, and married to Ralph Hansen, June 9, 1950, at Beaver Valley.
Lois attended Sunny Wood Grade School and graduated from Valley Springs High School. She attended Sioux Falls College and General Beadle Teachers College, Madison, SD. She taught at the Roadside School before marriage. In 1967, she started working for the US Postal Service and retired in 1993.
Although she lived in three different states, Lois was never more than nine miles from Beaver Valley where she was actively involved teaching Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Bible Study, and the church women organization. She also served as a member of the church council and the cemetery board.
In the community, Lois was a member of the Minnehaha Co. Extension Club. She also was the first woman to be elected to the Brandon Valley School Board where she served nine years.
After a great deal of study, thought and prayer in 2011, Lois left the ELCA and Beaver Valley Church. She became a charter member of the NALC and Spirit of Truth Lutheran Church, Brandon, SD.
Lois will be deeply missed by her husband of 65 years, Ralph; two sons, Tim (Shannon) Hansen, Valley Springs, and Jeffrey (Kelly) Hansen, Houston, TX; five grandchildren, Leeann Hansen, Devon (Nicole) Hansen, Danielle (Trent) Hartog, Travis (Brittany) Hansen, and Nichole Hansen; and four great-grandchildren, Layne Hartog, Aubrey Hansen, Tracey Johanna Hansen, and Shyloe Hartog.
Lois was preceded in death by her two children, David and Lori; her parents, Gust and Johanna (Nielsen) Joneson; five sisters, Helen Mathison, Norma Alink, Alice Lee, Jane Olson, and Marjorie Jacobson; and two brothers, Harold and Myron Joneson.