Irene J. Hansen, 97, of Bottineau, died Monday, April 7, 2014, in a Bottineau nursing home. Cremation has taken place. A memorial worship service will be held June 17, 2014, at 2 p.m., at the Lakeside Chapel at the Lake Metigoshe Christian Center. Lunch and a time of fellowship will follow the service in the Christian Center. Memorials are preferred to the Metigoshe Ministries 10605 Lake Loop Rd. E. Bottineau, ND 58318.
Irene Elton Hansen, the daughter of John and Inga (Soland) Elton, was born in Souris, Sept. 19, 1916. She graduated from Bottineau High School in 1934 and attended the School of Forestry in 1934 to 1936 where she studied secretarial science. She also studied piano while at the Forestry. She entered Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., where she studied music education during 1936-1938. Irene married Arthur Hansen Jan. 1, 1941, at Bottineau. Arthur passed away on Feb. 20, 1969. Throughout the years, Irene enjoyed working as secretary to people of great vision: Asmunder Benson, States Attorney, Bottineau; Ray Bangs, Superintendent of Bottineau Schools; Dr. Edna Gilbert, Head of the Special Education Department, Minot State College; Dr. Merton Utgaard, Founder and Director of the International Music Camp; the Rev. Mark Ronning and the Rev. Marsh Drege, Directors of Metigoshe Ministries. She saw these programs and ministries grow from their beginning stages to become nationally recognized and highly respected institutions impacting countless lives. Irene continued working as a secretary well into her 70s. She retired in 1993, when she began spending winters in Missouri with daughter, Mary.
For many years Irene was a volunteer church choir director. In 1984, she was founding director of the Bottineau Centennial Ladies Choir. In 2005, Irene received the Golden Service Award from Minot State University-Bottineau.
She is survived by her sons, John Hansen and his wife, Muriel, of Pittsburgh, Mo., Andrew Hansen and his wife, Stephanie, of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., and Thomas Hansen and his wife, Lynne, of Wells, Minn., ; a daughter, Mary Hansen, of Springfield, Mo.; nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are with Nero Funeral Home of Bottineau. Friends may sign the online register at (www.nerofuneralhome.net).