In loving memory of

JoAnn Hanson
October 20, 1941 - August 5, 2019

JoAnn Hanson, 77, of St. Charles died Monday, August 5, 2019, at Mayo Clinic Hospitals - Rochester, St. Mary's Campus, surrounded by her family. JoAnn was born October 20, 1941, in Jackson Junction, IA to Hiller and Elsie (Wiedow) Holien. She attended Lanesboro Schools, completing her GED in 1995 and spoke on behalf of her graduating class. JoAnn and Dave Hanson were married July 18, 1964, in Whalen. They made their home in Whalen before moving to St. Charles in 1965. JoAnn cared for hundreds of children over the 42 years of operating Jo's Dimple Darlings Daycare. In her youth, JoAnn worked for her dad at his Whalen Grocery Store and for the White Front Café. She was also a Tupperware representative, a Welcome Wagon host and a Brownie leader. JoAnn belonged to Root Prairie Lutheran Church in rural Fountain. She was an active church member her entire life as her faith was very important to her.
JoAnn enjoyed celebrating the Holidays, especially Christmas when she displayed many of her 150 nativity sets. She had an amazing sense of humor, was an awesome cook (known for her amazing mac n cheese and potato salad) and danced a mean 'Wipeout'. Some of her favorite pastimes included visits from past daycare children, coloring pictures, which she proudly displayed and gave to her family and friends. She also cherished the time she spent playing cards and games with her family.
Survivors include her husband Dave, their four children; Jeni (Jeff) Brown of Holmen, WI, Lisa (Kurt) Nelson, Dave (Karen) Hanson Jr., and Pam (Aaron) Hansen all of St. Charles, her 11 grandchildren; Jessica (Eric), Alex (Tyler), Kylie, Johna, Korby, Liz, Dave III, Ian (Grace), Jacob, Tessa and Kileigh, a great-grandchild, Bryce, siblings; Irene Ladenburg of Columbia Falls, MT, Hiller Holien Jr. of Minneota, Ione Thorson of Chatfield, Bob (Barb) Holien of Peterson and Marlyn (John) Hanson of Chatfield. She was preceded in death by a son Bruce, a sister Vivian Ramlo and two half brothers, Donald and Lloyd Wiedow.
Funeral Services will be 10 a.m. Friday, August 9, 2019, at Root Prairie Lutheran Church in rural Fountain, with the Reverend Mark Docken officiating. Friends may call from 4 - 7 p.m. Thursday at Hoff Funeral Service in St. Charles, as well as an hour before services at the church on Friday. Please share a memory of JoAnn at her online guestbook and view her video tribute, when it becomes available at Memorials are preferred to a food shelf of the donor's choice or the Alzheimer's Association.


Sherryl Zeller Creede wrote on Aug 13, 2019:

"So sorry to she is gone. Seeing her smile reminded me of what a lovely person she was Sherry Zeller Creede"

Mardy Midler wrote on Aug 10, 2019:

"My prayers ad sympathy to all of JoAnn's family. May God comfort you all."

Jackie & Doug Peterson wrote on Aug 8, 2019:

"Dave and the whole family, So sorry to learn of Joanne's passing. We are sending our deepest condolences and praying God give you comfort and peace along this new journey...... what a sweet lady ! Doug and Jackie Peterson"

Ron Utley wrote on Aug 7, 2019:

"Dave and Family, You have my sympathy. I think JoAnn made the best sour creme & raisin pie in the world. Never could eat enough even when I had a whole one. Ron Utley "

Mandy Thompson wrote on Aug 7, 2019:

"Dave and Family, My heart is saddened by the loss of Jo. She was an amazingly kind and caring woman who could always make you laugh. I couldn't have asked for a better daycare Mom (and Dad and family) than you all. I am so very thankful God led Bo and I to you all those years ago. I will be holding you all in my thoughts and prayers. Mandy (Thesing) Thompson and Bo Hentges"

Mandy Thompson wrote on Aug 7, 2019:

"Dave & Family, My heart breaks with you at the loss of Jo. She was an amazing lady and I am so thankful God led Bo and I to her all those years ago. I could never have asked for a better daycare Mom (and Dad and Aunts) than all of you. I am thinking of you and praying for strength and healing for you all in this time of sadness. Mandy (Thesing) Thompson and Bo Hentges"

William Spitzer wrote on Aug 7, 2019:

"Dave & family, So sorry for your loss."

Gerry Ellringer wrote on Aug 7, 2019:

"Such a beautiful lady gone way too soon. Worked with her many years ago in Girl Scouts, so many fun times. Keeping her beautiful family in our thoughts and prayers."

Betty Skime wrote on Aug 7, 2019:

"I have known JoAnn for many years and she was an awesome lady. She was our church?s Sunday School Superintendent while my girls were growing up and she was the best. We?ll miss her very much."

Linda Rain wrote on Aug 6, 2019:

"My heart is sad right along with you but I am also happy for the years I had a wonderful friend. We always shared a hug during church service and if we missed a Sunday, we would share two the next Sunday. Heavenly hugs for you now JoAnn."

Gary & Shirley Neumann wrote on Aug 6, 2019:

"We're very sorry to hear of your loss. We have been blessed to know such a sweet person and she will be missed dearly. Hold all those good memories close to your heart to help through this difficult time. Heaven truly gained another Angel. Prayers for your entire family. "

Janell wrote on Aug 5, 2019:

"Dave and family, I am so sorry to read of JoAnn?s passing. She was a truly neat lady and will be sadly missed. Sending you prayers. Bless you all. Janell and Orv Dahl"