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Margaret J. Hanson

June 27, 1931 - March 31, 2006 SACRED HEART -- Margaret Jean Hanson, 74, of Sacred Heart died Friday at the Granite Falls Hospital. The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Zion United Methodist Church in Danube. Burial will be at the Olivia...

June 27, 1931 - March 31, 2006

SACRED HEART -- Margaret Jean Hanson, 74, of Sacred Heart died Friday at the Granite Falls Hospital.

The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Zion United Methodist Church in Danube. Burial will be at the Olivia Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Dirks-Blem Funeral Home in Olivia and for one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.

She was born June 27, 1931, in Olivia to Christian and Della (Amundson) Ulrickson. She attended school in Olivia and had a variety of jobs. She cared for children, had a paper route, worked in a small nursing home, and was a bookkeeper for the Milwaukee Railroad.

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She married Sanford Hanson on Aug. 30, 1947, in Olivia. They lived in Olivia for a short period and she worked as a cashier at the theater. They lived in Sacred Heart where she worked at a cafรฉ as both cook and waitress. She also worked at the Palms Ballroom in Renville and did childcare. She was the activities director at the Granite Manor for nearly 30 years and taught crafts at Project Turnabout since 1973.

She taught Sunday school and vacation Bible school and volunteered as a 4-H leader for the Ericson Eager Beavers Club. She volunteered at the Renville County Creative Arts Program, the Renville County Fair, Meadows On Main and at the Christmas operettas at Sacred Heart Elementary School for 25 years. She was a past resident of the Granite Falls Hospital and Manor Auxiliary, a hospice volunteer in Renville County and coordinated the Granite Falls Bloodmobile for many years.

She is survived by her husband; daughter: LeeAnn (and James) VanDerPol of Clara City; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two sisters: Marjorie Barber (and James Ward) of Olivia, and Eileen (and Floyd) Schraan of Mesa, Ariz.

She was preceded in death by one sister and four brothers.

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