Hilda Hansen age 95 of West Fargo, North Dakota, formerly of Tyler, passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at Eventide Sheyenne Crossings in West Fargo. Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 24 at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Online condolences may be placed at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Tyler Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Hilda Marie (Bollesen) Hansen was born January 20, 1922 in Tyler, Minnesota to Lars and Henrietta (Andersen) Bollesen. She was baptized and confirmed at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler and graduated from Tyler High School in 1940. Hilda attended Grandview College in Des Moines, Iowa. Hilda was united in marriage to Orval Johannes Hansen on September 8, 1946. Together the couple lived and farmed in the Tyler area for many years. Hilda worked at the Citizen’s State Bank for a short time and also at Tyler Fairway Store. They also managed Danebod Village Apartments from 1973-1979. Beginning in 1981, they wintered in California and for several years were caretakers for the Prescott family in Santa Ana. They also served as caretakers of the Lincoln County Fairgrounds for a period of time. Hilda was a lifelong member of the Danebod Lutheran Church and was active in the Ladies Aid. Hilda loved family gatherings and was often the organizer of many of them. She made the best homemade bread and baked goods. She enjoyed cross stitch embroidery, crocheting, and sewing. She and Orval loved to play cards and she taught her grandchildren how to play cards. In the latter years, she enjoyed giving tours of the Danebod Lutheran Church campus. Orval died February 25, 2005. Hilda was very proud of her Danish heritage and enjoyed introducing Danish traditions to her grandchildren and great grandchildren. In 2012, Hilda sold their home and moved to The Living Center in Moorhead so she could be near her children. In September of 2015, Hilda was admitted to Eventide Senior Living Communities following a hip fracture. In January 2016, Hilda moved to Sheyenne Crossings in West Fargo, North Dakota where she resided until her death. She will be lovingly missed by her family and friends, as well as the Sheyenne Crossings staff. The staff had a bedside memorial service on March 7 and shared their memories of Hilda and her pranks. The family would like to thank the Sheyenne Crossings staff for their wonderful care and compassion during her stay.
Hilda is survived by her sister Alma Miller of Brainerd; children: Roger (Betty) Hansen of Fargo, ND, Owen (Paula) Hansen of West Fargo, ND, and Sharon Hansen; eight grandchildren: Ryan (Shawn) Hansen, Dayna Olson, Loren (Whitney) Hansen, Joel (Amy) Hansen, David (Becky) Hansen, Nathan Hansen, Chad (Jody) Faaborg, and Kresta Faaborg; 15 great grandchildren: Shelby, Maddi, Luke, Ross, Madysen, Chloe, Lindsey, Alex, Preston, Bryce, Gavin, Sydney, Samantha, Melissa, and Soren; two step great grandsons: Trevor and Tanner Chastek; many nieces, nephews, and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Orval, brothers and sisters-in-law Reuben and Ardyce Bollesen and Arvid and Joann Bollesen.