Elna Hansen

Elna Hansen

  • Funeral Date: 2/17/14
  • Funeral Time: 11:00 AM
  • Date of Birth: 8/05/25
  • Date of Death: 2/13/14
  • Funeral Location: St. John's Lutheran Church - Northfield

Elna Mildred Halverson Hansen went to her eternal home on February 13, 2014.  She was born August 5, 1925 in rural Lonsdale, Minnesota. Her parents were Eddie and Helen (Fossum) Halverson. She was baptized by the Rev. B. L. Sundahl on September 13, 1925, at Trondhjem Lutheran Church. Her sponsors were her grandparents, John & Gina (Docken) Fossum and her Uncle & Aunt, Louis & Olla (Halverson) Fossum
Elna attended a one room country grade school and graduated from Northfield High School in 1943. While attending high school she stayed with her grandparents in Webster and worked at the Webster Cooperative Dairy Assn. as a bookkeeper for her grandfather, John Fossum who was the creamery manager. This was the start of Elna’s lifelong work as a businesswoman.
On June 12, 1947, Elna married Sherwin Harold Hansen, son of the Rev. Torbjorn and Hansena Hansen. Torbjorn was the pastor at Solor Lutheran Church in Webster and that is where the wedding was held. They lived in Northfield while Sherwin was a student at St. Olaf College and Elna worked at the Northfield Milk Products Co. Since Sherwin had three years of college remaining when they were married Elna like to say she earned her PHT (Put Hubby Through) while Sherwin earned his BA. In 1954 they moved to Minneapolis and Elna began working at the Richfield Bank & Trust Co. where she was employed for 37 years. She took classes through the American Institute of Banking and obtained her Banking Certificate. Elna was involved with Professional Secretaries International and served as Treasurer and was also on the Board of Directors. She served on the Board of Governors for the American Institute of Banking.
Elna served as organist at the Trondhjem Lutheran Church for many years beginning when she was still in high school. She also taught Sunday School and served as treasurer of the congregation. She was active in the Trondhjem Community Preservation Society and served on the Board for 18 years.
In 1992, Elna and Sherwin joined Woodlake Lutheran Church in Richfield where they were active in the Senior Fellowship Group. They also enjoyed the Wednesday morning Matins, followed by coffee and fellowship and an educational program.
In 2012, Elna and Sherwin moved from their home in Bloomington where they had lived for more than 50 years to Kildahl Park Point in Northfield. They joined St. John’s Lutheran Church when they moved to Northfield.
Of utmost importance in Elna’s life were her strong Christian faith, her devotion to her beloved family and her cherished friends. Elna loved to entertain and hosted many family gatherings for Easter and Thanksgiving. She set a beautiful table using her lovely Fostoria dishes!
Elna was preceded in death by her parents, Eddie and Helen (Fossum) Halverson and her brother Gordon Halverson. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Sherwin Hansen; sister-in-law Maxine Halverson and her four sisters and their spouses: Lyla Arneson Paulson (George); Gloria (Arvid) Boyum; Margaret (Rev. Gene) Heglund; Arlys (Darrell) Wiese. Also surviving her are nieces and nephews: Ronald (Kathleen) Halverson, Kenneth (Cindy) Halverson, Diane (Al) Boyum, Patti (Tom) Murry, Kathy (Ken) Beckers, Karen (Steve) Miller, Renee Fredrickson, Theodore (Catherine) Arneson, Clair (Brenda) Boyum, Kaia (Patrick) Pelstring, Dr. Andrew (Nichole) Heglund, Siri (Dr. Richard) Geenen, Karla Miller, James (Diane) Wiese, Elaine Gravell, Tom Peterson, Marie Abeditari, and Lori Peterson.

Funeral services will be 11:00AM Monday, February 17, 2014, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield with Revs. Gene Heglund and John E. Quam officiating.  Interment will be in Trondhjem Lutheran Cemetery, Lonsdale.  Pallbearers will be Ted Arneson, Andrew Heglund, Bradley Boyum, Kenneth Halverson, Clair Boyum, Ronald Halverson, Dan Fredrickson and James Wiese.  Visitation will be at the church on Monday one hour prior to the funeral.

Memorials preferred to Trondhjem Community Preservation Society or Trondhjem Lutheran Cemetery Association.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.  www.northfieldfuneral.com


  1. Dottie Scharber

    Our prayers to you, Margaret and Pastor Gene Heglund and your family.

    Dottie and Dan Scharber

  2. Jane Nesseth

    To all of Elna’s family: We are sorry for your loss. We remember Elna as a friendly and gracious lady. We extend our deepest sympathy and wish you God’s peace.

    Jane and Steve Nesseth

  3. Lonnie & Gayle Malwitz

    Sherwin & family,

    We’re so sorry for your loss. What a delight it was to see Elna’s smiling face when the two of you would come to Highview Christiania for our country gospel service. She always loved to hear Gerry Schmidt sing “One Day At A Time”, and I’ll think of her each time I hear that song in the future.

    May you find peace and comfort in Christ’s presence and in the many fond memories you have & hold of your sweet lady.

    Lonnie and Gayle Malwitz (from the Highview Country Singers)

    • Arlys Wiese

      Thank you for your message. Elna and Sherwin always enjoyed coming to Highview for the country gospel service. Elna was in failing health beginning about at Thanksgiving time. She was in the Northfield Care Center for the last 3 1/2 weeks under Hospice care. Sherwin is in Assisted Living because of his dimentia. I will be sure to pass your greeting on to him. Thank you.

  4. Jennifer Vogen

    I will miss Elna’s warm smile and laugh at all of the Old Trondjhem festivities. Our sincere condolences to Elna’s family. She was a kind, loving, Christian woman who we were honored to have met.

    Bjorn, Jennifer, Reier, Thor, Anders Vogen

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