Hilda Hansen


Hilda Hansen 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.


  1. Kathy Wilmes says:

    Hilda was a great supporter of Danebod and of Tyler. Always had time for a quick chat – then on to her next commitment. She was a busy lady. Hilda will be missed by many people.

  2. Jackie Lawson says:

    Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you! It was really a joy to get to know Hilda during her time at Sheyenne Crossings. I spent a year in Marshall on an internship and am good friends with a Pastor who used to work in Tyler, and so Hilda and I shared many conversations about Tyler and Danebod Church. I hope that you are comforted by many happy memories of her life, and know that the staff here at Sheyenne Crossings will really miss her. — Chaplain Jackie Lawson, Sheyenne Crossings

  3. Jodi Faaborg says:

    I had never seen Hilda without a smile on her face. I will remember how her face beamed with love when we would visit. Hilda was always kind and caring, and you never left her house hungry! I will lovingly remember and admire her drive and spirit, she was always ready for anything.
    She loved her family, and she loved her many friends and relatives in Tyler.
    My heart is thankful that God blessed her so much in her long life and allowed her to go home and be with Orval.
    To the family and friends of Hilda I bid you to be at peace, she is in the loving care of our Father, finally at rest.

  4. Bev Gylling says:

    Hilda was a gracious hostess welcoming people into her home serving coffee and something delicious that she had baked. I remember one fall she got a few apples from us and then she insisted that she take home apples to freeze for us. Her neighbors, Jerry and Carol helped peel. We sure appreciated it.
    When Rog was ill, Hilda would stop out for a little visit and usually brought a plate of goodies. I remember cream wafers-yum! Hers were the best!
    God bless all of you with peace.

  5. Barry Christensen says:

    One of my all time favorites BC

  6. Jude Lindgren says:

    Sharon-Sorry for the loss of your Mom. I hope you have many treasured memories.

  7. Laura (Thomsen) Stransky says:

    Many wonderful memories of good times on Hilda and Orval’s farm in Tyler. They were just “two farms away” from our farm, so us kids rode our bikes back and forth to each other’s places. Hilda always had that wonderful laugh that made you want to laugh with her. She was always smiling; threw the best birthday parties for cousin Sharon! She was one of my Mom’s best friends over their many years as neighbors and “cousins,” talking to each other on the phone several times each week.
    May all her family be comforted by thoughts of Hilda sharing coffee and warm cinnamon rolls with Orval, and their many family and friends in heaven. Peace be with you.

  8. Sue Furan says:

    Sorry for the loss of your mother and grandmother. Prayers and thoughts go out to you!

  9. Bev Hummel says:

    Sharon, Roger and Owen, Sorry for your loss. Your mom was a very special lady and I will always remember her as having a happy, smiling face in Tyler and namely Danebod. I know how much she will be missed. Our sincere sympathy to all of her family.

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