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Margaret Seneva Hanson, 100

On the 3rd of May 2013, Margaret Seneva Hanson passed away, at the age of 100 years, peacefully with her family at her side in Rainy River, Ontario.
Margaret was born in Scanlon, Minnesota, on the 27th of March 1913 to Martin and Selma Johnson. Margaret moved to Morson, Ontario, with her family in 1915, at the age of 2 years old. Upon completing her schooling, she worked at tourist camps in the area until she met Mark Hanson, her life long companion.
Margaret and Mark got engaged on Christmas Day December 1934 at his mother’s and father’s home in Morson. They were in the kitchen doing dishes after the big Christmas day meal when he proposed to her and gave her the engagement ring. They were married on the 16th of November 1935 in Baudette, Minnesota. Margaret and Mark had two sons, Marvin Oscar Hanson and Gerald Mark Hanson. The family lived together in Morson until they moved to Minahico in 1949. In 2000, Margaret and Mark moved to Rainy River.
Margaret taught school in Morson in 1946 and 1947 and taught school in Bergland in 1955 for 11 years.
Margaret and Mark opened Hanson’s Café in Minahico in 1960 and operated the family business for 12 years. She was well known in the area for her home baked pastries and pies and the best hamburgers. She retired upon selling the family business and enjoyed retirement life with Mark. They enjoyed traveling and spending time together.
Margaret was well known for her selflessness, hard work ethic, her wit, and the love of her family. She loved her house full of people, be it family or friends. She always had the coffee pot on and wanting to feed those who stopped by for a visit. When company attended, she would open the freezer and find something to cook and then put out an excellent spread on the table. Margaret loved to bake and will be remembered for her special “pie crust” that only she could make.
Margaret loved to play cards and games, go out to the lake and go fishing, house boating with family, doing a little gambling but especially loved spending time with family and friends. She loved gardening and enjoyed her flowers. She would often say “if you look closely you can actually see them grow”.
Margaret will be sadly missed by her family, son Gerald (Joan), “daughter”-in-law Colleen Hanson-Twedt (Jim), and grandchildren Cathy (Vic), Cindy (Brian), Donna (Isabel), Dan (Patricia), Sue, Tracey, Michael (Susie) and Chad (Trisha), great grandchildren (Jeremy, Jodi, Crystal, Corrissa, Brandon, Andrew, Emily, Nicholas, Layton, Landon, and Maxten), great-great grandchildren (Kailyn, Karah and Navaeh) and numerous nieces and nephews.
Margaret was predeceased by her parents (Martin and Selma), siblings (George, Hugo, Harold and Mabel), her son Marvin (2001) and her husband Mark (2004).
As per Margaret’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service was held on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 from the Bergland Community Hall, with Pastor Wally Detweiler officiating. A private family interment will take place at the Morson Cemetery at a later date.
If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Rainy River Hospital C/O Northridge Funeral Home Box 89 Emo, Ontario, P0W 1E0. Online condolences may be offered at