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Nona M. Hanson
Nona M. Hanson

Nona M. Hanson

April 12, 2020

Nona Marie Hanson, 86, of Eau Claire, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020. Nona was born to Oscar and Annie Swiggum two days after Thanksgiving, on November 25, 1933, at her grandparents’ home in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin, and was baptized at Springdale Lutheran Church on Christmas Day. She spent her early childhood years on the family farm in Klevenville. At the start of World War II, Nona moved with her family to Badger, Wisconsin, where her parents worked in the Ordnance Plant to support the war effort.  

In the summer of 1947, Nona moved to Eau Claire, where she was confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church in 1948 and graduated from Eau Claire Senior High School in May 1951. She married Wayne Hanson on August 7, 1951 in Stillwater, Minnesota, and for the fourteen years that followed, she and Wayne lived the Air Force life, building a family and creating lifelong friendships in Oklahoma, Canada, Minnesota, Georgia, and Illinois, before returning home to Eau Claire.

Nona was passionate about people, hard work, and all things Norwegian. Strong, determined, and independent, Nona worked throughout most of her adult life, including many years at Tele-Serve in Eau Claire and at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, where she worked as a page (and joked about someday becoming a “book”). She retired from the library in 2005 at the age of 71. An active volunteer, Nona taught Sunday School at First Lutheran Church for 25 years, including one year of Bible School. She was also a member of the Parish Education Committee and vice president of Women of First. She served as secretary of Nordmanns Forbundet and was a member of the Sons of Norway. And for several years, she also volunteered at the Convention and Tourist Bureau gift shop and as Claire the Fun Bear.

Her visit to her ancestral home in Norway with her sister Doris was the trip of a lifetime. She also traveled to Norsk Hostfest in Minot and the Nordic Fest in Decorah to embrace her inner Norwegian. A dedicated Wisconsin sports fan, Nona was able to realize her goal of attending a Badgers game in Madison, a Brewers game in Milwaukee, and a Packers game at Lambeau field.

Nona is survived by her husband, Wayne; son Steve (Lori), and daughters Vicki Bien (Skip Fogus), Sheri (Duane) Huffmier, and Kristin (Larry) Nickel; seven grandchildren: Josh (Brook), Matt, Matthew (Katie), Jesse, Jason (Emily), Dustin (Kelly), and Jennifer; and six great-grandchildren: Anna, Jake, Clayton, London, Aaron, and Charlie. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Chrystal Bakken and Doris Anderson, infant brother Donald, and granddaughter Melissa Hanson.

The family would like to sincerely express their thanks and gratitude to the entire staff of The Neighbors of Dunn County Nursing Home and for the great care they gave Nona.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the Celebration of Life Center in Altoona. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to the time of service.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family humbly suggests a donation to the Eau Claire County Humane Association or the Story Builder Library Expansion Campaign at the LE Phillips Public Library or by performing a simple act of kindness in Nona’s name.


A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the Celebration of Life Center in Altoona. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to the time of service.


A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the Celebration of Life Center in Altoona. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to the time of service.

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  • david dial Kris and Larry: We are sorry for your loss, sorrier still that we can't meet to share it somehow. Nona was part of some good years at the library, and that's what I will carry forward.

    hope to meet again...dd and kl

    September 21 at 1:46pm

  • Jon Marten Kris and family,
    Bless Nona, she was good and kind towards me. I appreciated her way of being interested and compassionately aware of one.

    April 22 at 8:30am

  • Patti DeHaan and Brad Cardini To the Hanson family, please accept our deepest condolences for the passing of Nona. We feel blessed to have met her and to have experienced her beautiful smile and tenacious spirit. Please take comfort in your happy and cherished memories of her and in knowing she is now another Angel in Heaven.

    April 15 at 10:26pm

  • Mark Hanson Wayne, Steve, Vicki, Sheri and Kristin and families, Our most heartfelt sympathies to you all. Nona was such a positive figure in our youth, or lives, always so fun and funny, so pleasant. We have wonderful memories of family get-togethers and I honestly have thought about her more than you might think. Though we haven’t been together in a long while, you are often in my thoughts and now in my prayers as well. I’ll bet she and dad are already catching up! Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you folks and hopefully we’ll be able to celebrate her life together soon...Mark and Joann

    April 15 at 6:01PM

  • Sam Carpenter Dear Kris and Larry,

    I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. She must have been a really neat lady to have produced such a cool kid!
    I have thought of you every day and am wishing you every comfort during this difficult time.


    April 15 at 5:52PM

  • Jennifer Marshall We are sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

    April 15 at 4:16PM

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