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Lois Shirleen (Beckstrom) Hanson

Lois Shirleen (Beckstrom) Hanson

Lois Shirleeen (Beckstrom) Hanson, of Minneapolis and Fargo-Moorhead, died peacefully on Friday, February 23, age 87, surrounded by her husband of sixty-six years and her three surviving sons. Shortly before her death, when asked by a nurse what she was feeling, she replied, "Gratitude." It is a feeling shared by all who were privileged to experience her loving and gracious presence. Lois was a loving and devoted wife, mother, aunt, and grandmother, as well as a multi-talented career woman and volunteer. Born in 1930 in Fargo, ND, Lois graduated from Fargo Central High School in 1947, and from Concordia College in Moorhead in 1951, where she sang in the Concordia College Choir under Paul J. Christiansen, and met her husband, J. Robert (Bob). A woman of both great style and substance, she began and ended her working life selling clothing, helping her many clients look and feel their best. In between, she rose to become an innovative regional manager for Minnesota Public Radio. She was also named a Woman of the Year by the Fargo-Moorhead YWCA for her community service. Her love for her family knew no limits, especially reflected in her care for her first-born son, John Richard, who was born with hydrocephalus, and preceded her in death at age 15. Also preceding her was her beloved sister Patricia Novaria. Lois is survived by her husband and three sons, George (Diana Povolotskaya), of Tucson, AZ; James, of Northfield, MN; and Thomas (Birgit Zacher Hanson), of Tampa, FL; five grandchildren: Rebecca, Christopher, Victor, Max, and Angelina; and many other admiring family, friends, and colleagues. Her legacy of impeccable taste, social grace, and unending compassion will long outlive her. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 10, 3 PM, in the chapel of Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Minneapolis. Memorial gifts may be sent to Westminster Presbyterian Church, Concordia College in Moorhead, or Minnesota Public Radio.