Geneva "Gen" Hansen Aug. 26, 1913 - Dec. 23, 2009

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Geneva "Gen" Hansen, age 96, of Storm Lake, and formerly of Newell and Sac City, died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009 at the Methodist Manor Retirement Community in Storm Lake.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009 at the Storm Lake United Methodist Church. Burial was in the Storm Lake Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.

Geneva Gosch was born Aug. 26, 1913 in Odebolt, the daughter of Henry and Josephine Emma (Greve) Gosch. She was baptized Sept. 14, 1913 at the Odebolt Presbyterian Church. Geneva grew up in the Odebolt area attending country school and later Odebolt high school.

On Aug. 15, 1930 she was united in marriage to Joe Hansen at the Presbyterian parsonage in Cherokee. This union was blessed with three children: Gale Elmer, Norma Jean, JoAnn. Their family made their home in Aurelia, Ida Grove, and Arthur. In 1943, they moved to the Newell area where they were members of the Congregational Church. In 1976, Geneva and Joe moved to Storm Lake where they transferred their membership to the United Methodist Church.

Geneva had fond memories of fishing with her family. She loved dancing and traveling with her husband, Joe. Geneva was an avid reader of books from her church library. She was a member of the Neighborhood DD Club and the Birthday Club. She thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her family and will be deeply missed.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children: Gale (Carol) Hansen of Sac City; Norma (Del) Johnson of Storm Lake; JoAnn (Darvin) Saddoris of Carroll; 11 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; one sister, Virginia (Kenneth) Brinkley of Spencer; extended family and friends.

Geneva was preceded in death by her husband, Joe; her parents; one brother and sister-in-law, Lloyd and Evelyn Gosch; one granddaughter, Mary Anderson.