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Edward George Henry Hanssen

February 11, 1928 — March 12, 2022

Edward George Henry Hanssen, 94, of Glenville, MN, passed away on Saturday, March 12, 2022 at Good Samaritan Society of Albert Lea.  A Funeral Service will be held at 2PM on Thursday, March 17, 2022 at First Lutheran Church of Glenville with Rev. Dale Svendsen and Rev. Krista Stokke presiding.  Visitation will be from 5-7PM on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery of Glenville, MN.  

Edward was born on February 11, 1928 in Fonda, Iowa, to Christ and Anna J. Hanssen.  He attended school and graduated in Pomeroy, Iowa.  Eddie was then drafted in the United States Army in  1950 and was discharged in 1951.  After leaving the service, he moved to Joice, IA, where he worked as a farm hand. In September of 1952, Eddie met Violet Wallin at Carl’s Roller Rink.  Eddie attended school in Charles City, Iowa to get training in Linotype.  Later, he was employed by the Northwood Anchor.  He worked at the Northwood Anchor both as a full time and part time employee from 1954 onwards. 

Eddie and Violet were united in marriage on May 5, 1957 at First Lutheran Church in Glenville.  The couple settled on a farm near Glenville.  In 1968, Eddie purchased his own farm.  Eddie farmed corn and soybeans and raised cattle and hogs.  Eddie helped out at Albert Lea Abstract, which was owned by Violet, with building maintenance.  Eddie never retired helping his boys out on the farm driving the tractor.

In Eddie’s spare time, he enjoyed gardening, square dancing, and a card club for many years.  Eddie hand picked Sheriff by fellow dancer for the Grapevine Twist Square Dancing Club, traveling to Hawaii and Alaska and all over North America.  He volunteered at church ringing the bell, ushering and with the Salvation Army and helping out at ARC Suppers..

Eddie is survived by his wife of 64 years, Violet, children, MaryAnn (Tim) Allison, David Hanssen, Paul (Brenda) Hanssen; grandchildren, Vanessa (Casey) Arnold and their child Harper, Christopher Allison, Alissa Allison, Mackenzie Hanssen, Rachel Hanssen, sister-in-laws, Julie Wallin, Irma Wallin; and many other loving relatives and friends.

Eddie is preceded in death by an infant baby; parents; siblings, Peter Hanssen, John (Minnie) Hanssen, Theodore Hanssen, Tena Hanssen, Clarence (Emma) Hanssen, Martin Hanssen, Sena (Donald) Courter, Robert Hanssen, Louie (Norma) Hanssen; nephew, Bill Courter; parents-in-law, Rea and Mary Wallin; brothers and sister-in-laws, Verl and Vera Wallin, Merlin and Susie Wallin, Lyle and Arlene Wallin, Dale Wallin and Arlo Wallin.

Memorials preferred to First Lutheran Church of Glenville, Greenwood Cemetery, Mayo Hospice or donor’s choice.

A special thank you to the staff at Good Samaritan Society of Albert Lea and Mayo Hospice for the wonderful care of Eddie.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Wednesday, March 16, 2022

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home

1415 State Hwy 13, Albert Lea, MN 56007

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Funeral Service

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Starts at 2:00 pm (Central time)

First Lutheran Church of Glenville

140 3rd Ave SW, Glenville, MN 56036-0000

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Greenwood Cemetery

Cty Hwy 13, Glenville, MN

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