Ruth Hanssen


December 25, 1923 - July 31, 2013



Ruth Hanssen was born December 25, 1923 to Paul and Anna (Mendel) Tschetter on a farm northeast of Bridgewater. She attended country school and graduated from Canistota High School in 1941.  She received her teaching degree from Sioux Falls College. For 13 years she taught in rural schools near Emery. In 1967 she began teaching at the Emery School and in most recent years was a substitute teacher until retiring in 2006. She graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University in 1971 with her four year degree in education. On July 9, 1946 she married Harry Hanssen at an evening ceremony on the lawn of her parent’s home east of Emery. Ruth liked gardening, especially flowers, cooking, baking and crocheting.  Ruth enjoyed baking goodies for the Emery School employees and was happy to have her entire family come to her home.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church and was a volunteer for the Senior Citizens Meals.

She is survived by three children: Brenda (Russell) Gulbranson, Sioux Falls; Darwin (Joy) Hanssen, Bellevue, NE; Cindy Speck, Greeley, CO; eight grandchildren: Chad (Amy) Gulbranson, Lonnie (Angi) Heibult, Andy (Alison) Pulford, Scott (Heather) Hanssen, Brent (Kim) Hanssen, Mike (Karina) Hanssen, Kelsey Speck and Paul Speck, six great-grandsons: Talon Hanssen, Dylan Gulbranson, Austin Heibult, Trent Hanssen, Brock Hanssen, Jack Pulford and a step-great-grandson, Ty Smith, five great-granddaughters: Katy Gulbranson, Avery Heibult, Grace Pulford, Lana Hanssen and Fernanda Hanssen and a sister-in-law, Frances Tschetter, Bridgewater.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry, four brothers: Edmund, Joe, Jake and Paul, and three sisters: Elizabeth Fluth, Rose Bleeker and an infant sister, Annie.




Sunday, August 4, 2013
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Hettinger-Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service - 7:30 PM
Emery, South Dakota


Monday, August 5, 2013
10:30 AM
First Baptist Church
Emery, South Dakota


Emery Community Cemetery
Emery, South Dakota

Posted by Amber Nothdurft on August 5, 2013
Prayers go out to Mrs. Hanssen family and friends. She was a very gentle and kind sole, I was blessed with meeting her. Amber
Posted by Cheryl Fauth Clem on August 3, 2013
Brenda, Darwin and Cindy, So sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. Alyce and I had such a nice visit with her at the home in March when I was in SD. So many wonderful memories of time spent in your home during our high school years. She touched a lot of lives in a positive way during her time as a teacher. My sympathy to you and your families, Cheryl
Posted by JIM & MARY OSTERLOO on August 2, 2013
Our sympathy to Brenda, Darwin, Cindy and families in the passing of your Mom. What a great lady, mentor, neighbor, teacher and I'm sure wife and mother. May her memory live on in each one of you and your families.
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