Marilyn Hanson

marilyn hanson

November 25, 1934 ~ August 22, 2023

Born in: Minneapolis, MN
Resided in: Bemidji, MN

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Marilyn (Johnson) Hanson, 88, of Fargo, ND, passed away peacefully at Nielson Place, Bemidji, MN, on August 22, 2023.

Marilyn Louise (Johnson) Hanson, the daughter of Andrew and Rosalia Johnson, was born November 25, 1934, in Minneapolis, MN. She graduated from Perham High School and is a Home Economics graduate of North Dakota State University.

Marilyn married Donald Hanson of Fargo, ND, on August 25, 1956, in Perham. The couple made their home in Fargo and enjoyed winters in Tucson, AZ, for many years. Marilyn was baptized in Jordan, MN; confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Perham; and has been a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Fargo, since 1956. Marilyn was a stay-at-home mom when her children were growing up. This was followed by 32 years as a Fargo Field Representative of the U.S. Census Bureau. Marilyn was a faithful volunteer at her church and was a past president of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. She was a Sapphire Level Life Master Bridge player and held many positions of leadership at the Fargo Bridge Club. She was a past president of the NDSU Women’s Club and member of the Fargo-Moorhead Home Economics Club. At Nielson Place she took part in many activities and was president of the Residents’ Council.

Marilyn is survived by her three children, Deon (Robert) Wentzel, Bemidji, MN; Mark (Jana) Hanson, Grand Forks, ND; Kirk (Angela) Hanson, Watertown, WI; six grandchildren, Karin (James) Hughes, Gretchen Wentzel, Jana (Michael) Pepe, Sarah (Kenneth) Dessellier, Seth Hanson (fiancée Alexa Kovar), and Adam Hanson; and great-grandchild Evan Dessellier. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, her half-brothers: Floyd Johnson and Russell Johnson; her half-sister Florence Caughy and grandson Erik Wentzel.

A funeral for Marilyn will be held at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo, ND, on Tuesday, August 29: Visitation at 1:00 pm followed by a 2:00 service. Pastor Bernie Worral will officiate. A pie luncheon will follow the service. Memorials preferred to Immanuel Lutheran Church.


Visitation - Tuesday: August 29, 2023 1:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street S.
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


Funeral Service - Tuesday: August 29, 2023 2:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street S.
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


Burial - Tuesday:

Sunset Memorial Gardens
1715 52nd Ave
Fargo, ND 58104

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  1. Marilyn was a joy to have in the nursing home. She was so active in everything she did. She will be deeply missed by so many people here. Sorry for your loss.

  2. Deon sorry for the loss of your mother. I am glad you were able to be with her in the end when she needed your support. What A great daughter you have been to Marilyn. Hugs to your family. It is never easy.

  3. Marilyn was a very sweet and witty lady. I will forever cherish my time with her and I will miss her dearly. Sending you all BIG hugs and lots of prayers.

  4. I have such wonderful memories of Marilyn. When I was little, I thought she looked like a movie star. I remember the car rides she gave us to summer school…we all piled in the back seat and exited by sliding down the trunk! I remember all the hot summer days and all the cool fall days playing in your backyard….and the bridge get-togethers by all the neighbor ladies!!! I will miss her yearly Christmas updates as well. Sending hugs to you all, Lisa Wichmann Kolrud

  5. I was saddened to read Marilyn had passed away. It was always a pleasure to play bridge at her table. We had a few bridge trips out of town that were a lot of fun and I have good memories of knowing Marilyn. She will be missed by all who knew her.
    Bonnie zeltinger

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