Donald M. Hanson, 93, Marshfield, passed away on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Wells Nature View Assisted Living, Marshfield.
Donald was born on July 23, 1924 in Marshfield, to Einor and Josephine (Gessert) Hanson. He was united in marriage to Valeria L. Bauer on August 22, 1945 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Bakerville, and they were married for 72 years. Val passed away on February 8 this year.
Don and Val owned and operated their purebred Guernsey dairy farm for over 50 years, which was located near Nasonville. The farm was given special recognition as a Wisconsin Century Farm. In addition to farming, he drove school bus for 11 years and also worked at Power Pac for 17 years. Don was president of Central Wisconsin Guernsey Breeders, president of the Central Wisconsin State Fair, a member of the Wood County Farm Bureau, Knights of Columbus John Eisen Council and the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Assembly. He and Val enjoyed travels to Europe, Australia, Alaska and Hawaii as well as throughout the U.S. In addition, Don also enjoyed bowling, playing cards, the outdoors and especially spending time with family and friends.
Don is survived by his children, Diane (Kenneth) Bonkoski of Neenah, Kenneth (Arlys) Hanson of Anoka, MN and Donna (Larry) Donoval of Sheboygan. He is also survived by 5 grandchildren, Jeffrey (Jennifer) Bonkoski, Jeremy (fiancé – Maria Martin) Hanson, Alicia Hanson, Andrea (Charles) Obranovich and Eric (Lindsay) Donoval and 3 great-grandchildren, Nadia, Aidric and Reyna Obranovich. He is further survived by his sister, Helen Galaszewski of Milwaukee.
He was predeceased by his parents, his wife, his brother, Harold Hanson, sister-in-law, Jeanne Hanson and brother-in-law, Ray Galaszewski.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Bakerville, with Rev. Savarimuthu Selvalaj and Deacon Ray Draeger officiating. The Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Assembly will form a guard of Honor at the church. Burial will take place in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Marshfield. The visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm at Rembs Funeral Home. A Knights of Columbus rosary service will be held at 6:30 pm at the funeral home. Visitation Thursday from 9:30 am until time of service at Corpus Christi Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated in Don’s name to Corpus Christi Catholic Church.
Condolences may be sent online to www.rembsfh.com