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Enid Priscilla (Ronning) Hanson

November 27, 1926 ~ October 19, 2021 (age 94)


Enid Priscilla Ronning was born on November 27, 1926, the only child of Edward P. Ronning and Edith A. (Lundquist) Ronning. She grew up on her parent’s farm near Boyd, Minnesota and attended school in Boyd. By skipping two grades, she was able to graduate from high school in the spring of 1943 and began her studies at St. Olaf College in Northfield in the fall of that year.

At St. Olaf, she majored in Food & Nutrition, but also was able to study Norwegian and pipe organ. After completing her B.A. degree in 1947, she began an internship at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis to become a registered dietician. Upon completion of her studies, she was hired at a hospital in Minot, N.D.

At the Minot hospital, she met a lab technician named Elaine Hanson, who later introduced Enid to her older brother, Richard T. Hanson. Enid and Richard married on May 13, 1951.

As a married couple, Enid and Richard’s first home was in Golva, N.D., where Richard managed the lumberyard for his father. While living there, they had two daughters, Kristi in 1953 and Sonya in 1955. By 1955, however, they had decided to leave North Dakota and begin farming with Enid’s father. On their farm near Boyd, Richard and Enid had three more children: Einar in 1957, Erik in 1960 and Ann in 1962.

Besides caring for her husband and children, Enid cared for her mother after Edith broke her hip. At first, Edith lived with them on the farm and then stayed in the Clarkfield Nursing Home until her death in 1979. Enid later worked as a dietary assistant at the Dawson Nursing Home.

The farm was Enid and Richard’s home for the rest of Richard’s life; he died in 2002. Even after Richard’s death, Enid continued to live on the farm with her younger son, Erik. After Erik married and moved to Marshall, Enid lived on the farm alone until her children convinced her it was time to move to town. She bought a house in Dawson and moved there in 2010.

In 2018, Enid suffered a fall and was no longer able to live independently. She moved into the Assisted Living wing of the Dawson Care Center, where she stayed until her death on October 19, 2021.

Enid received from her parents and passed to her children the Lutheran faith, pride in her Scandinavian heritage, joy in growing things, and commitment to community life.

Except for her years away at school and in North Dakota, she was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Boyd: she was baptized, confirmed, married, baptized three of her children, buried her husband, and had her memorial service there. She served through the women’s organization, Sunday School, choir, and even occasionally played the pipe organ.

Enid was proud of her Scandinavian heritage (3/4 Norwegian, 1/4 Swedish). She had the opportunity to visit Norway three times: once before World War II, again after World War II, and a final visit with her son Einar in 1982. Through those visits, she met her Norwegian relatives and corresponded with them throughout her life.

Enid loved to garden. Every spring she was thrilled to find new sprouts, showing that her flowers had survived another harsh Minnesota winter. Her summer and fall seasons were filled with growing, harvesting, and preserving fruits and vegetables to feed her family. Even when she moved to town, her new home had to have a garden and she supervised its planting even after she couldn’t do it herself.

Finally, Enid was committed to her community. In addition to her church activities, she was active in Homemakers’ Club and the American Legion Auxiliary. She always enjoyed opportunities to meet new people and renew old acquaintances. Even when traveling, she would try to learn how she was connected to everyone she met.

Enid is survived by her five children and their spouses: Kristi and Francis Hauger (Clear Lake, SD), Sonya and Mark Rustad (Redwood City, CA), Einar and Michelle Hanson (Hudson, WI), Erik and Rhoda Hanson (Marshall, MN) and Ann and Michael Forsberg (Benson, MN). She also has eight surviving grandchildren and one great-grandchild: Steven (Kelsie) Hauger and Brian (Kyla) Hauger, Karen Tölva (and son, Bjorn), J.T. Rustad, Marit and Britta Hanson, and Alex and Adam Forsberg. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her grandchild Deidra Forsberg.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 1 PM at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boyd, followed by the memorial service at 2 PM. Interment to follow in the church cemetery. 

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October 23, 2021

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Trinity Lutheran Church of Boyd
177 1st Street
Boyd, MN 56218

Memorial Service
October 23, 2021

2:00 PM
Trinity Lutheran Church of Boyd
177 1st Street
Boyd, MN 56218

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