Margaret Ann “Maggie” Hanson St. Cloud, MN
Margaret Ann “Maggie” Hanson, age 78, St. Cloud MN, died Monday, June 21, 2021, at Ridgeview Senior Living, Sauk Rapids, MN.
Funeral services will be Saturday, July 3, 2021, at 11:00 AM at Atonement Lutheran Church, St. Cloud, MN. Visitation will be Friday, July 2, 2021, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Benson Funeral Home, St. Cloud, MN. Burial will be Saturday, July 3, 2021, at 3:30 PM at Vikor Lutheran Church Cemetery on Solomon Lake near Willmar, MN. Funeral arrangements were made by Benson Funeral Home, St. Cloud, MN. The funeral service will be live streamed on the Atonement Lutheran Church YouTube page.
Maggie was born September 1, 1942, in Willmar, MN to Reuben and Edna (Gustafson) Erickson. She graduated from Willmar High School, attended North Park College and completed training as an X-Ray Technologist at St. Barnabus Hospital, Minneapolis, MN. Maggie was united in marriage to Larry Hanson on May 7, 1966, at First Covenant Church, Willmar, MN.
Maggie was employed as an X-Ray Technologist until her first child was born. She continued as a full-time stay at home mother until her children were in college. Maggie then returned to work in retailing at Dayton’s/Marshall Fields until retiring in 2000 to spend time with and care for her grandchildren. In her work at Dayton’s she helped scores of women find the right dress for special occasions and was recognized as Dayton’s Finest in 1997.
Living her faith, Maggie was a member of Atonement Lutheran Church where she volunteered as Youth Leader, congregation Vice President and communion assistant. She also volunteered with Helps International participating in 6 mission trips to Guatemala. Maggie was an enthusiastic fan of her children and later of her grandchildren following their sports, dance and other activities. She was a loyal supporter of St. Cloud State University Basketball. She enjoyed scrapbooking, sewing, cross stich embroidery, card games, traveling and family activities. After retirement Maggie traveled the world with her husband and special friends visiting over 20 countries. Maggie was gifted with a beautiful voice and sang at many weddings, funerals and in choirs over the years. Her sister also described her as having the gift of “being an encourager to many”.
Survivors include her husband, Larry Hanson of St. Cloud, MN; son, Erik Hanson of Sauk Rapids, MN; daughter, Laura (Chris) Sargent of Mt. Pleasant, SC; sister, Helen Morlock of Golden Valley, MN; and four grandchildren, Bjorn Hanson, Trygve Hanson, Anja Hanson and Austin Sargent. She leaves behind many other friends gained over the years and her beloved Girls Club.
She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Stephanie in 1973 and sister, Audrey Jean Erickson.
Memorials are preferred. Among Maggie’s favorites were Luther Crest Bible Camp and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or a charity of your choice. Special thanks to the staff at Prairie Ridge Memory Care at Ridgeview and St Croix Hospice for their compassionate, loving and professional care.