Caroline Hanson


May 24, 1929 - January 8, 2021


Caroline Hanson, 91, of Mitchell, SD, passed away peacefully with family by her side Friday, January 8, 2021 at her home under hospice care in Mitchell. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Monday, January 11, 2021 at New Home Lutheran Church ELCA in Mitchell. Burial will be 11:00 AM MT Saturday, January 16, at Peace Lutheran Cemetery in Scranton, ND with Krebshach Funeral Service. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service at the Church. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Caroline Emma (Reiger) Hanson was born May 24, 1929 to Michael and Caroline (Gabriel) Reiger on their family farm. Caroline attended country school for five years and graduated from Scranton High School in 1948. She received her teaching diploma from Dickinson State in 1950, and returned to Scranton to teach. Caroline taught for over 14 years at a County School in Gascoyne, and then later in Scranton for the Scranton School District.

On December 28, 1951 she married Tilton B Hanson, at the Peace Lutheran Church in Scranton, North Dakota. Tilton and Caroline lived in North Dakota most of their married life, living in Minot for a short time. To this union, they were blessed with two sons, Craig and Cory Hanson. They celebrated 37 anniversaries before Tilton’s death in 1989.

Later she moved to Pipestone, Minnesota, where she worked in a lovely little diner before she eventually settled in Mitchell, South Dakota. There she became one of the original employees for the newly opening Walmart, as a door greeter. Caroline was a beloved friend to many and enjoyed playing cards, baking, canning, making Christmas candy, quilting, and made the best baby bibs!

Caroline is survived by her children, Dr. Craig (Mary) of Howard, SD and Cory Hanson of Mitchell, SD; 4 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Shirley and Marge; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, younger brother, George, and older twin brothers, Richard and Henry.

Memorials may be directed to New Home Lutheran Church and Scranton Lutheran.


Monday, January 11, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
New Home Lutheran Church
1023 S Minnesota St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Monday, January 11, 2021
11:00 AM
New Home Lutheran Church
1023 S Minnesota St
Mitchell, SD 57301


11:00 AM MT Saturday, January 11, 2021
Peace Lutheran Cemetery
Scranton, ND

Posted by Kathy Schroeder on January 14, 2021
Loved Caroline. She was always happy and a wonderful greater at Walmart. Will miss her.
Posted by Annette Thompson on January 11, 2021
So sorry for your loss. Will miss her pleasant smile and greeting she alwahys had plus those baked goodies she made for us at Walmart. God bless her family at this time.
Posted by Wayne carstens on January 10, 2021
Sorry for your loss cory and family. She was a good person and kind.
Posted by Luke Nagel on January 10, 2021
I will miss her I worked with her at Walmart and she always put me to work doing something. And she always made good treats as well
Posted by Marilyn Silzer on January 9, 2021
Farewell my beloved cousin and Godmother
I will miss our hour long visits on the phone, solving the world's problems. Her the president and I the prime minister.
Till we meet again, your loving cousin and Goddaughter in Canada
Posted by Pr. Max Miller on January 9, 2021
Lots of good food and good company with her. She was a good friend and I was honored to serve as her pastor. I'm going to miss her immensely and will continue to pray for her family and friends
Posted by Susan Dornbusch on January 9, 2021
So sorry for your loss, I always enjoyed visiting with her. She will be missed.
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