Rose M. Hanson
Rose M. Hanson, 93, of Gettysburg, died Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 at the Avera Gettysburg Hospital.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9 at the United Methodist Church, Gettysburg with Pastor Jeff Adel officiating. Burial will follow in the Gettysburg Cemetery.
Rose Marie “Rosse” Hanson was born to Fred and Wilhelmina “Minnie” (Kempf) Hanson on April 18, 1920. She was born on the family farm in SE Potter County and attended Hillcrest School through the eighth grade and then attended Gettysburg High School, graduating with the Class of 1938. Following graduation, she went to Watertown for employment.
At a very young age (6 years) she decided she could play the accordion, and in a short while, she did; after convincing her parents to buy her a button accordion. In a while she soon graduated to the next level. She entertained, playing for dances, playing with friends, jam sessions. While in Watertown, she had a 15 minute radio show, playing the music of the early 40’s. Rose Marie returned to Gettysburg, and began working for the Gettysburg Motor Co. She was a certified mechanic for 30 years at the Chevrolet dealership. She later was employed by Rip-Shaw Motors. Following this employment, she worked for the Nutrition Center (Senior Meals) for several years. She retired for the last time and helped to care for her parents in their later years.
Rose Marie, her father and brother Howard had a little band, playing for many community dances over the years. She never tired of watching people enjoy themselves, or her music.
She had resided at the Oahe Manor for the last three years.
Rosse is survived by her sister, Myrt Robbins of Longview, WA; nephews: Terry Robbins of Longview, WA, Bill (Suzanne) Robbins of Eugene, OR, Randy (Cheryl) Jensen, and Mark (Beth) Jensen all of Sioux Falls, Steven (Barbara) Jensen of Medford, NJ, Fred (Betty) Hanson of Pierre, and Tony (Paige) Hanson of Aberdeen; her nieces: Virginia Hanson of Onida, Barbara Hanson of Alaska, and Annette (Roy) Ramspeck of San Antonia, TX; and a special friend, Geoff Gunsalus of Scottsdale, AZ.
Rose Marie was preceded in death by her parents; infant baby brother Maurice and brother Howard (Del); sister, Lois Klouse; and a niece, Roxy Robbins McNelly.
“Mistakes, I’ve made a few, but I did it my way!” One of many favorites by Frank Sinatra.
Luce Funeral Home of Gettysburg has been entrusted with Rose’s arrangements. (www.familyfuneralhome.net)