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Sheila Rae (Thompson) Hanson

February 26, 1946 ~ February 18, 2018 (age 71)

Funeral services for Sheila R. Hanson, age 71, of Albert Lea, will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church.  Rev. Eileen Woyen will officiate. Interment will be at Graceland Cemetery.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Online condolences are welcome at

Sheila died unexpectedly Sunday, February 18, 2018 at her home.

Sheila Rae Hanson was born February 26, 1946, the daughter of Ernest and Doris (Sabin) Thompson.  She grew up in New Richland, graduating from New Richland High School.  Shortly after high school, Sheila married Roger Hanson at Le Sueur River Lutheran Church.  Roger passed away in 1999.  Sheila worked at Naeve Hospital for over 30 years in admissions and as a switchboard operator.  She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.  Sheila enjoyed playing bridge, gardening, and bird watching. She was a wonderful painter and quite artistic. Sheila enjoyed spending time with Lew, especially dancing and participating in the rendezvous, and also spending time with her faithful canine companion, Elsie.

Sheila is survived by her children, Scott (Jean) Hanson and Kristine (Vince) Wakefield; grandchildren, Andrew (Amanda) Hanson, Kersten (Chad) Aurich, Eric Hanson, Alexander Wakefield, and Isaac Wakefield; great-grandchild, Ella Aurich; special friend, Lewis Olson; siblings, Dorene (John) Hansen, and Hope Ann McKinzie; sisters-in-law, Judy Thompson and Judy (Hanson) Thompson; and several nieces and nephews.

Sheila was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Roger Hanson; brother, Gary Thompson; and sister, Sandra, in infancy.

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