Doris E. (Haedtke) HansonSeptember 11, 1927 ~ January 12, 2018 (age 90)
Doris “DoDo” “GiGi” Elaine Haedtke Hanson past away peacefully, on January 12, 2018, at age 90. This self-described “tough old gal” lived the heck out of life and was a tenacious & passionate firecracker, who once won best legs at a “Shorts Party” in Winona.
Doris married Howard Hanson on December 29th, 1956 and was widowed in 1968. She pulled herself up and did whatever it took to raise her three small children and eventually went on to win Mother of the Year by her children. She was fiercely proud of her hometown, Winona MN. Born on the family farm in Warren Township, Winona County, September 11, 1927, to Herbert and Helen (Warnken) Haedtke, the fifth of seven siblings.
She was the best driver on the planet, knew how to mow the lawn and do most things better than anyone else. She canned peaches like a goddess, swam laps around the competition at the YWCA and was a champion tennis player. She dominated crossword puzzles, loved riding her bike, being outdoors, the jitterbug, and indulging in the occasional Bloedow’s Donut. The joy of her life was her family.
She sacrificed for and supported her loving children: Trygve Hanson (Roxanne), Sonja Breza (Jim), and Heidi Hansen (Tom). Her unconditional love, playful attitude, killer dance moves, and trips to Lakeview Drive-In will never be forgotten by her grandchildren: Nichol Hadler (Jordan), Matt Breza (Tanya), Kristin Miller (Tony), Dane Hanson, Katie Hansen, Kierstyn Hansen, Curran Hansen. Her sweet smooches and candy jar will be deeply missed by her 4 great-grandchildren: Olin and Amari Hadler and Bentley and Jace Breza. She is also survived by her sister Arlene Prinzing and sisters-in-law Carole Haedtke, and Karen Haedtke.
Doris will be reunited in Heaven with her husband Howard Hanson, her grandson Justin Breza, her sister Ruth Giverson; and four brothers, Willard, Vernon (Buddy), Ervin, and Elmer John (Jack) Haedtke.
All are invited to celebrate Doris’ life at Central Lutheran Church in Winona on Friday, January 19th. Visitation is at 10 am. Funeral at 12 pm. She will be buried in the family plot in the Frank Hill Cemetery in Wilson, Minnesota so she can watch the seasons change in the valley she loved.