FREDA EVELYN (BERG) HANSONFreda Evelyn (Berg) Hanson passed away peacefully on June 24, 2012.
Freda Evelyn (Berg) Hanson passed away peacefully on June 24, 2012. Always a fighter, Freda managed to outlive all doctors’ predictions, living almost six months past her original bone cancer diagnosis.
Born on July 30, 1921 in Driscoll, N.D., to Isaac and Helena Berg, she grew up with her two brothers, Walt and Duane.
She graduated from Driscoll Hish Schol in 1940, as the valedictorian. In 1947, she was introduced to Bernard Hanson. While Bernie didn't make a very good first impression, Freda found that she'd met her match, and they married less than a year later. Freda and Bernie were married for almost 55 years until his passing. They raised four children together, Quin, Linda, Sherrie, and Jan. They often moved around, depending upon the availability of work, but Freda and Bernie were happiest at their farm in Twig, Minn. There, in addition to a full vegetable and flower garden, they raised cows, chickens, pigs, and even the occasional horse.
After Bernie retired, they eventually settled in Mesa, Ariz. There, they focused on enjoying their twilight years and their growing brood of great-grandchildren. Freda continuously demonstrated her determined spirit, surviving breast cancer and being legally blind, while living independently for over 10 years after her husband passed.
Freda will be dearly missed by her family, but passes on a legacy of “Hanson stubbornness and determination”. She leaves behind her brother Duane Berg; children Quenton Hanson, Linda Ecklund, Janice (Roger) Lopez; eight grandchildren Alan (Lee) Belniak, Carolyn (Tim) Piwowar, Leigh-Anne Ecklund, Mark (Barbara) Hanson, Melissa (Lloyd) Tullues, Ben Hanson, Ryan Lopez, and Shannon Lopez; and seven great-grandchildren Adam and Alexzander Hanson, Logan Lopez, Alex and Evan Piwowar, Jillian and Jane Belniak, with one (Tullues) more on the way.
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