Kathyrn "Katie" Hanson

Kathryn “Katie” Hanson, 36, West Fargo, North Dakota died on Monday, June 10, 2019 in Deer Valley Medical Center from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Scottsdale, AZ. Kathryn Marie Wiest was born December 16, 1982 in Fargo, ND. The daughter of Emanuel and Jeanette (Zacher) Wiest, she grew up in Fargo where she attended school and graduated from West Fargo High with the Class of 2002. Katie, as she was known by her family & friends, developed long lasting friendships and made many happy memories during those years. In June of 2005, Katie was united in marriage to Christopher Hanson. They were blessed with a son, Christopher David in 2007. They lived in Mapleton until moving to Alabama where Chris was stationed in the Army National Guard. Later, they moved back to West Fargo where Katie worked as a dispatch data clerk/scheduler. Katie will be remembered for her beautiful smile, her devotion to her son, the way she made everyone feel special, and her kind heart. She loved to shop and had a flair for style and was always seen dressed in the latest fashion. She loved going to the lake to spend time around the bonfire with family and friends. Katie loved nature, every kind of animal and good music. All who knew Katie will definitely miss her straight to the point opinions and her honest answers. Katie was engaged to be married to Kit Powell, West Fargo. She is survived by her son, Christopher, West Fargo; mother and stepfather, Jeanette and Dennis Holland, Fargo; brother; JJ (Keri) Wiest, Fargo; nephew and godson, Colt Wiest; fiancé, Kit Powell; special friend, Janae Filler, West Fargo and close cousin, Brandon Schumacher, Fargo. She is also survived by her cats, Floyd and Gilmore and dogs, Jessi and Rokit. She was preceded in death by her father, Emanuel Wiest; grandparents, Eugene and Darlene Zacher, Rugby, ND and John and Catherine Wiest, Selz, ND; uncles David Zacher and Joe Allen Wiest; and beloved Maltese, Layla. There will be a visitation from 5-7:00 PM with a memorial service following at 7:00 PM on Monday, June 24, 2019 at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo. Burial at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at Riverside Cemetery in Fargo.

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  1. To Katie’s family,
    We did not know On March,20 2019,The day of Katie’s grandmother Darlene’s death. Katie would be called home 82 day’s later.May Katie rejoice with her dad, grandparents and other family. Katie will be remembered in many ways. One sitting on our farmhouse table with her pretty new dress getting teased and laughing till she turned red. Our visit in Fargo when David was I’ll.most recent Visit March,26 2019 we shared some fun stories of younger days on the farm with her moms family.Katie thought our fun then sure was not like today.may we hold her memories close and cherish the gift of her son Christopher to carry on her legacy.Until We Meet Again
    Our sympathy’s Rob And Brenda

  2. My deepest heartfelt sympathy to you all in this time of immense sorrow. May Katie’s light continue to shine through out all of the lives that she’s touched.

  3. I work with kit and he was so in love with katie, Jodi and I are thinking about you and your family, you are in our thoughts and prayers

  4. Jeanette and family, So very sorry for this unexpected loss. We are praying and thinking of you all at this sad time. May God bless.

  5. Katie was such a sweet girl. I’m glad I got to know her when I would come through the yard.
    She always had such a wonderful smile and was always cheerful and friendly.

    Katie was born just almost 2 months later than my own daughter, and the thought of losing that precious bond is something I can’t even imagine.

    I will always think of Katie when I look through my cake decorating pictures as it was such a pleasure for me to make Christopher’s 3rd birthday cake.

    God be with Jeanette and Dennis and all of her family members (and friends) who will miss her so dearly.
    You are in my prayers.

  6. So sorry for your loss. It’s not easy to go through this, but GOD must have a different plan for your beloved family member and she will always be in your heart and memories.

  7. I am so so sorry Jeanette, I’m sure there are now words that can comfort you in this time. I pray you and you family can find some peace in this tragedy🙏🙏

  8. To our dear friends, Jeanette and Dennis, May Katie’s light always shine upon you and Christopher…You will carry on in her name and know she is now safe and happy in the arms of Our Lord! Katie’s loving spirit will live in you, throughout your lives, until you are joined again with her for all eternity. God bless you and your Family, now in this tragic time, and in happier times in the future. With much love, Janet and Paul

  9. Jeanette, There are no words to express the level of sadness I am feeling for you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.

  10. I met Katie in elementary school. I spent several nights with her at house through our middle school years. I will never forget when Katie, Tess, and I snuck a few beers for the first time. Katie did always have the trendiest outfits and she let me look through her clothes & gave many clothing items as she had a huge closet full and she would say to take whatever as she didn’t like them anymore. It was when JNCO jeans were popular 🤣 and she gave me several pairs when my parents would not buy me any. I hope she found peace in her passing. I will Always have memories of our fun times together. Heidi “Sinkler” Fischer

  11. My heart went out to your loved ones and always will. You were such a kind soul, and so easy to be around. Fly high sweet girl.

  12. We met Katie last year when Kit proudly introduced us at the lake. She had a vibrant personality and surely will be missed. Our condolences to the family.

  13. Thinking of you every day.All the pictures of Katie are so beautiful,
    Especially love the ones of her and Christopher and with Jeanette.
    Sending big hugs, prayers and so much love!

  14. Hugs and prayers to the family during this sad time. And a special hug to JJ and Kit… So sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful girl, may the Lord comfort you during this time.

  15. We are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest condolences to the entire family. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers.

    Don & Becky Phelps

  16. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all and will continue to be! Such a touching photo tribute to Katie. I will always remember her bright, beautiful smile and know that her kindness will live on in little Christopher.

  17. Katie,
    Sending my thoughts and prayer’s to your family, especially your son. It was devastating news hearing about your accident. I will always remember your laugh, smile and personality. RIP Katie.

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