Winifred ‘Winnie’ Ethel Hanson, 86

Published 10:43 am Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Winifred “Winnie” Ethel Hanson, 86, of Austin, Minnesota, died Friday, April 10, 2015, at Mayo Clinic Hospital, St. Mary’s Campus in Rochester, Minnesota.



Winnie was born Feb. 11, 1929, in Austin, Minnesota, the daughter of William and Ethel (Knudson) Warfield. She grew up in Austin where she attended school, graduating from Austin High School in 1947. She then attended Austin Junior College before working at Wold’s Drug Store for many years. On July 10, 1949, she was united in marriage to Duane “Dewey” Hanson at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin. They made their home in Austin and raised five sons. After the boys were older, Winnie worked at Hanson’s Scandinavia, their family store in Austin for several years. She was a charter member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and the Ladies Circle and WELCA. She enjoyed bowling, traveling, playing cards and was an avid Minnesota Twins fan. Winnie and Dewey were blessed to celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on July 10, 2014, and were surrounded by many friends and family members at a wonderful party on July 19, 2014, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. It was a very joyous occasion and Winnie and Dewey were touched by the great turn-out and outpouring of love.

Survivors include her husband, Duane “Dewey” Hanson of Austin; five sons: Mark (Janice) Hanson of Little Falls, Ronald Hanson and Daniel Hanson, both of Austin, Paul Hanson of Hibbing, and Robert (Robin) Hanson of Houston, Texas; six grandchildren: Ryan Hanson, Maari (Jason Soules) Hanson, Josh (Molly) Hanson, Tessa (Chad) Harris, Sarah Hanson and Dalton Hanson; seven great-grandchildren: William Everett Soules, Simon Hanson, Mia Hanson, Hunter Harris, Drayden Harris, Sammie Hanson and Jake Hanson; two brothers: Dale (Lorvene) Warfield of Pueblo, Colorado, and Warren (Sharon) Warfield of Rochester; and many other relatives and friends.

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She was preceded in death by her parents and a son in infancy.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, April 17, 2015, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, with Pastor Glenn Monson officiating. Interment will follow the service at Oakwood Cemetery in Austin. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, April 16, 2015, at the Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, and for one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at