On September28, Roberta Henrietta Hanson was born in Williamsburg, Iowa. She was the daughter of Robert Henry Edwards and Irene Elizabeth Menary.
Roberta attended and graduated from Williamsburg High School. After high school, she worked one summer at Holden's detassling before heading on to Iowa Teacher's College in Cedar Falls, Iowa, to become a teacher. To support herself and pay for her tuition, she worked at Iowa Mutual Insurance Company, in the Underwriting department, as a Coder along with her best friend from high school, Elizabeth Harrington Mills. A year later she went home for the summer and met George J. Hanson at Little Chicago Restaurant. For her it was love at first sight.
On a beautiful fall day September 3, 1949, Roberta married George Hanson, to start her life as full-time homemaker, wife and eventually a business partner with the Hanson farm. After settling down she was heavily involved in church at St. Michael's Church in Holbrook, Iowa. She was a Chairwoman and Co-chair for many of the church activities and events.
During her spare time, Roberta enjoyed traveling, camping, bird watching. She was voracious reader who couldn't get enough of books. She always had a book with her wherever she went. Her biggest and all-time favorite activity was taking walks, long walks, which I believe attributed to her longevity.
She is survived by her son, Michael J. Hanson, daughter, Roberta S. Hanson, both of Phoenix, Arizona; 3 grandchildren: Chad(Angela) Hanson, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Robbie (Brian) Pauley, of Mason City, Iowa and Nicholas (Darija) Hanson of Phoenix, Arizona; 6 great grandchildren. Roberta was in death preceded by her husband, George J. Hanson and her son, Terry J. Hanson. 3 sisters, Katherine Niewenhuis, Joanne Maas and Pearl Kozishek.
A Funeral Mass will be held 10:30 am Saturday, October 5, 2019 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Williamsburg. Burial will be in the St. Mary's Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Powell Funeral Home in Williamsburg. There will be a prayer service at 4 pm.
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Roberta and Nick, my deepest condolences on the passing of your Mother/Grandmother . Praying for your comfort and healing through this difficult time. You are in my thoughts.
Mom-one of the happiest memories I have growing up at the farm was during hay bailing season helping you make a huge lunch for the crew! All the helpers mostly Hanson family members, some neighbors and family friends. I remember we would be in the kitchen making ham sandwiches by the dozens, potato chips ( which was a real treat) homemade cupcakes with chocolate frostings for dessert, and all the sodas the helpers could gulp down. We would make lunch for about 10-20 guys because they were always so grateful for the lunch we provided for them after a very long morning of working out in the fields. I remember how nice the helpers were to me.
We are so very sorry to hear of Mrs. Hanson‘s sudden passing and send our sincerest sympathies and condolences to her family and friends. May her soul rest in peace, and may she be joyfully reunited with Mr. Hanson.
-The Quezada Family
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