JoAnn Hanson, 77, once of Lanesboro

JoAnn Hanson, 77, of St. Charles, died Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, at Mayo Clinic Hospital - Rochester, Saint Marys Campus.

She was born Oct. 20, 1941, in Jackson Junction, Iowa, to Hiller and Elsie (Wiedow) Holien. She attended Lanesboro schools, completing her GED in 1995 and spoke on behalf of her graduating class.

She and Dave Hanson were married July 18, 1964, in Whalan. They made their home in Whalan before moving to St. Charles in 1965.

JoAnn cared for hundreds of children over the 42 years of operating Jo's Dimple Darlings Daycare. In her youth, she worked for her dad at his Whalan Grocery Store and for the White Front Cafe. She was also a Tupperware representative, a Welcome Wagon host and a Brownie leader. She belonged to Root Prairie Lutheran Church in rural Fountain. She was an active church member her entire life as her faith was very important to her.

She enjoyed celebrating the holidays, especially Christmas, when she displayed many of her 150 nativity sets. Some of her favorite pastimes included visits from past daycare children and coloring pictures, which she proudly displayed and gave to her family and friends. She also cherished the time she spent playing cards and games with her family.

Survivors include her husband, Dave; their four children, Jeni (Jeff) Brown of Holmen, Wis., Lisa (Kurt) Nelson, Dave (Karen) Hanson Jr., and Pam (Aaron) Hansen, all of St. Charles; her 11 grandchildren, Jessica (Eric), Alex (Tyler), Kylie, Johna, Korby, Liz, Dave III, Ian (Grace), Jacob, Tessa and Kileigh; a great-grandchild, Bryce; and siblings, Irene Ladenburg of Columbia Falls, Mont., Hiller Holien, Jr., of Minneota, Ione Thorson of Chatfield, Bob (Barb) Holien of Peterson and Marlyn (John) Hanson of Chatfield.

She was preceded in death by a son, Bruce; a sister, Vivian Ramlo; and two half brothers, Donald and Lloyd Wiedow.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Aug. 9, at Root Prairie Lutheran Church in rural Fountain, with the Rev. Mark Docken officiating.

Please share a memory of JoAnn at her online guestbook and view her video tribute, when it becomes available at

Memorials are preferred to a food shelf of the donor's choice or the Alzheimer's Association.