Hanson, Erma Ethel Merece (Holmstrom) (1923-2009)

Erma E. Hanson 85, of Thief River Falls, MN passed away on Friday, August 21, 2009 at Pioneer Memorial Care Center in Erskine.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 at 2:00 PM at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls with Reverend Timothy Lundeen Officiating. Burial will be held at the Rindal Cemetery near Viking, MN.

Visitation will be held from 12:00 PM until time of service Tuesday at the funeral home.

Erma Ethel Merece Holmstrom was born to Agda Edeen and August Holmstrom in West Valley Township, near Strandquist, MN on October 7, 1923. Erma graduated from Newfolden High School in 1941. She took her teachers training in Thief River Falls Normal School; received her Bachelors Degree from St. Cloud Teachers College and her Masters Degree at the University of Minnesota. Erma taught in rural schools at Kost, Sunrise, and Isanti, Minnesota, where she taught grades 1-6. In fact Erma was her son, Mickas First grade teacher. Much of her teaching career was spent in the Chisago Lakes area schools where she taught remedial reading. Erma also served as an Elementary School principal and curriculum coordinator in that district.

Erma was united in marriage to Glenden Hanson of Middle River, Minnesota on May 21, 1944 at her parent’s residence in Newfolden, Minnesota. The couple lived in several places in MN, AZ, NV, and FL.

Erma enjoyed visiting with friends and relatives, playing video poker at the casinos, bowling, traveling, and doing puzzles and games.

Erma is survived by her devoted husband of 65 years, Glenden of Thief River Falls, MN; her son, Mahlon “Mickas” and his wife, Bonnie of Miami, FL; four grandchildren: Ron, Jason, Dane, and Shana; and six great grandsons: DeShawn, Malachi, Nathan, Elijah, Devon and Ryan.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant daughter; an infant son, Gary Neal; son, Ronald Keith on September 24, 1995; and seven brothers and one sister; Floyd, Vernon, Arthur, Harvey, Ray, Dallas, Loyal, and Wallace.


Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky