Joan Hanson

Joan Marie Hanson

Friday, February 18th, 1938 - Wednesday, August 12th, 2020
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Joan Marie Hanson, 82, of Missoula, passed away on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at home surrounded by her family.

She and her twin sister, Ruth, were born on February 18, 1938, in Wadena, MN, to Rev. Joseph and Marie Langemo. They graduated high school in Mahnomen, MN, in 1956. She then graduated from Concordia College with a degree in English and a minor in music. Throughout college, she and Ruth often performed duets, with Joan singing and Ruth playing piano. In 1968, she received her master’s degree in education specializing in library science from the University of Montana.

On July 22, 1964, she married Lowell Hanson in Augsburg, Germany. Upon returning to the United States, the couple taught in Twin Valley, MN until relocating to Missoula in 1968. She completed her master’s degree and then worked as a librarian at the Idaho State Law Library and the Missoula Public Library. From 1980 to 1990, she was the manager of Solmar Stylist Supply in Missoula. From 1993 until her retirement in 2003, she was the librarian for Heart Butte School, in Heart Butte, MT.

A loving wife, mother and grandmother, she also took great and loving care of her friends. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and Sons of Norway. She loved music, coffee, reading, concerts and plays, Lady Griz basketball games and spending time with her friends and family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Marie, and her sister, Ruth Nelson. Survivors include her husband, Lowell; two daughters and their families, Maren (Tommy) Baysinger, Lewiston, ID, and Solveig (Stephen) McShea, Chappaqua, NY; grandchildren, Cameron and Schuyler McShea; two brothers, James (Gerry) Langemo and Joseph (Loraine) Langemo, and their families; her sister’s family, Rev. Donald (Lorena) Nelson and family; and sister-in-law, Barb Hanson, and family.

Funeral service will be Monday, August 17 at 10:30 a.m. at Garden City Funeral Home with Pastor Chris Flohr officiating. In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to: St. Paul Lutheran Church, 202 Brooks Street, Missoula, MT 59801 or Missoula Senior Center, 705 South Higgins Avenue, Missoula, MT 59801.

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    Monday, August 17th, 2020 | 10:15am
    Monday, August 17th, 2020 10:15am
    Garden City Funeral Home & Crematory
    1705 West Broadway
    MISSOULA, MT 59808
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    Memorial Service at Garden City beginning at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Aug. 17, 2020.


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All our love, Barb, Susie and Sherry and family

Posted at 06:46pm
We treasure our memories of Joan and the times we all spent together. She will always missed.

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virginia gomer

Posted at 01:37pm
The Langamo twins lived in my dorm while I was at Concordia. I remember them fondly. I knew Joan was in Missoula and I tried getting in touch with her several years ago, but it didn't happen. In reading her obituary, she lived a wonderful life and the family will miss her. Please accept my condolences from a fellow Cobber.

Virginia Gomer
Laurel, MT

Lauren and John

Posted at 01:38pm
My 35 years here in MISSOULA Mt ar intertwined with StPaul and Sons of Norway. Joan and Lowell were there at all activities helping and sharing their talents and giving their time to enrich both the church members and the Lodge members. Joan will be missed as we go forward without her smiley face. John, a long time Missoulian, remembers Marne and Solveig as students with their loving parents. Wishing the family comfort and peace in their loving memories of mother and grandmother, Joan... Lauren and John Knudsen.

Don, Lorena Nelson, Balaberda and Pachalski families

Posted at 01:15pm
In loving memory of Joan Hanson.
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