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Elsa Christina Hanson, 100

Peacefully on September 22, 2014, Elsa Christina Hanson, 100, passed away at the Rainy River Hospital, Rainy River Ontario.
Elsa was born January 16, 1914 to Swan and Agnes Norlund in Pratt Twp, Ont. She was eldest of 6 children. Elsa was a valued member of the Rebecca Lodge, Trinity Lutheran Church, Bergland Women’s Institute, Rainy River Horticulture Society, Eastern Star, and the Rainy River Hospital Auxiliary. She spent many hours volunteering throughout the community.
Elsa was united in marriage to Harold Hanson on June 2, 1934 in Rainy River, Ontario. They settled in Pratt Twp until 1956, at which time they relocated to the Kenora area, where Harold worked at logging.
Elsa and Harold moved back to the Bergland and settled on the Little Grassy River. After Harold’s passing in 1976, Elsa moved to Rainy River and remained there until her passing. She worked as a home care worker and at Arctic Cat in Rainy River. One of Elsa greatest achievements was going back to school and earning her Degree of Bachelor of Arts at the age of 74 and her Degree of Honours, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at the age of 84.
She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Judith (Lorne) Tilson, her grandson Richard Tilson all of Moose Jaw, Sk, her granddaughter Gail Tilson of Regina, Sk and her great grandchildren Stuart, Scott, Alysha, Adam, and Cheney. Elsa is also survived by her sister Emma Hanson of Steinbach, MB, and sister in law Dorothy Norlund of Rainy River, Ont and many nieces and nephews.
Elsa was predeceased by her parents Swan and Agnes Norlund, her husband Harold, her brothers Carl, Verner, Elmer (Theresa) Norlund, her sister Mary (Ralph) Fugate, and her brother in law Albert Hanson.
A memorial service will be held on Friday October 10, 2014 at 11 a.m. from the Bergland Trinity Lutheran Church with Lay Pastor Carolyn Kreger officiating. Interment will take place in Bergland Cemetery. If desired memorial donations may be made to the Rainy River Hospital Long Term Care or the Bergland Trinity Lutheran Church, c/o Northridge Funeral Home, Box 89, Emo, Ontario, P0W 1E0.
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