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In memory of

Donna E. Hansen

of Philip, South Dakota, died on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip, after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by her family at the age of 71

Donna E. Waldron was born November 22, 1939, in Presho, South Dakota, the daughter of Jess and Mabel (Harmon) Waldron. She grew up in Presho before the family moved to the White Thunder Ranch on the Cheyenne River in 1949. Donna attended rural school in that area before attending Philip High School, graduating in 1957.
Donna was united in marriage to Jack Hansen on May 24, 1957, in Philip. They made their home in Philip, where Donna and Jack raised their three children. Donna did all the accounting for Jack’s various businesses throughout the years. She was a huge Randy Travis fan, attending several of his concerts. She also collected Coca-Cola memorabilia, and enjoyed baking and cooking for her family.
Jack and Donna enjoyed attending their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren’s sports and other school activities. Jack and Donna traveled extensively throughout the country for the last 35 years. Since 2002, Jack and Donna spent the winter months in Yuma, Arizona. Donna was a devoted and loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and will be greatly missed by all her family.
Survivors include her husband Jack of Philip; three children Marty Hansen and his wife Debbie of Philip, Jesse Hansen and his wife Sheryl of Philip, and Vicki Schardin and her husband Brad of Marion, South Dakota; nine grandchildren Brandi (Matt) Hirsch, Keri (Jesse) Schiferl, Halli (Robbie) Clausen, Brady (Julie) Hansen, Alyssa DeJong, Micah Hansen, Andrea (Alan) Flyger, and Brock and Cara Schardin; eight great-grandchildren; one sister Imogene Rotert of Whitewood; her mother-in-law Marie Hansen of Philip; a sister-in-law Yvonne Ehlers of Presho; a beloved great-aunt Rosie Lejeune of Philip; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers Chud, Bill, Port and Melvin; and five sisters Mae, Doreen, Alice, Lucille, and Myrtle.
Visitation was held 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, October 2, at the Rush Funeral Home in Philip, and one hour preceding the services at the hall on Monday.
Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 3, at the American Legion Hall in Philip, with Pastor Kathy Chesney officiating.
Interment will be at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.
A memorial has been established. 
Memorials may be send to P.O. Box 91, Philip, SD  57567.

Monday, October 3, 2011 - 10:00 a.m.
American Legion Hall
Philip, South Dakota
Pastor Kathy Chesney
Barb Bowen - Pianist
Kim Kanable - Vocalist
“I Can Only Imagine”
“On Eagles Wings”
“Forever and Ever, Amen”
Nathan Drury - Dustin Lurz
Bob Hansen - Mike West
Brady Hansen - Micah Hansen
Matt Hirsch - Brock Schardin
Al Flyger - Jesse Schiferl - Robbie Clausen
All Relatives and Friends in Attendance
Masonic Cemetery
Philip, South Dakota

Visitation: 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, October 2, at the Rush Funeral Home in Philip, Funeral services: 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 3, at the American Legion Hall in Philip.
Interment: Masonic Cemetery in Philip.

  • Our love and prayers are with you all. It is so hard to lose a loved one. Donna was so very friendly and a lovely person. She will be missed very much. ~ Joan and Dennis Kirchhevel Rapid City, SD
  • Jack, Marty, Jesse, Vicki and families
    I wish there were words and actions that could take away your hurt, but there is not. Just know that we are thinking of you and are here if you need anything. She will be missed. Just know she will always be with you in all the wonderful memories you have. Take care. Love Kathy & Greg
    ~ Kathy & Greg Arthur Philip
  • Dear family~
    We were so very blessed to have known Grama Donna! She was a super lady! I remember a Relay for Life in Wall and we rode with you guys in the camper....she watched the kids and doted on them like they were her own! We love your family dearly and thank you for opening your hearts and arms to us.
    Although Donna isn't here, she is in the arms of an angel! and Heaven won again!
    We are here for you.
    Prayers to all
    David, Michelle, Kelcey, Katie and Lukas
    ~ Michelle Butler Philip SD
  • Just heard the news, we are so sorry. It brings us comfort to know she is in heaven with her Lord and our angel Bethany. Our thoughts are with you all, if you need anything please let us know! We love you! We will miss Donna but remember she's forever in your hearts! ~ Katie, Mike, Jasmine, and Faith Schultz Philip
  • Jack, Jesse & Sheryl, Marty & Debbie & family,

    We are sad to hear of your loss. It is so very hard to lose those we hold dear. Know our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you go through these next days and those ahead.
    God Bless,
    Wes, Nicki & James
    ~ Nicole Nelson Midland
  • May God bless you all. Our thoughts and prayers are sent your way. The memories we've had we will cherish. We loved her like a Grandma ourselves. {{{Hugs}}} to all of you in this sorrowful time.
    Love Always,
    Nathan, Brittney Reghan & River
    ~ Nathan & Brittney Drury Philip
  • Jack and family,
    I am so, so sorry to hear of Donna's passing. May the lord bless you all and comfort you at this most difficult time. Sending prayers and my utmost sympathy.

    ~ Jody Gittings Platte, SD
  • Your are in our thoughts & prayers . It's never easy to lose someone so dear to us as a wife, mom, Grandma or friend . The tears will be replaced with smiles , laughter and happy memories of all the wonderful times shared threw out the years. It will not be easy it will take time . Just remember that there's no more pain . She will be waiting for you with open arms to share her love with all of you again . May God look over you & give you strength in the days ahead in this time of need. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you . ~ Susan & Jack Heinz Philip
  • What a loss! She was so devoted to her family I know you will miss her immensely--may you cherish the memories. Our thoughts and prayers! ~ Tom and Shelia Trask Wasta SD
  • Our heartfelt sympathy to you all. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. May you find comfort in the many blessings and memories you have shared. She lived life BIG and left a huge legacy for all. God's Grace and Peace to you all during this difficult time. ~ Gary and Julie Nixon Philip,SD
  • So sorry to hear of Donna's passing, our thoughts & prayers are with you all. God Bless. ~ Floren & Debbie Falzone
  • Jack & Family,

    We are all very sad that you have lost your wife, mom, and grandma. Take comfort that she is with her Lord & Savior. You are all in our prayers.
    ~ Bill & Paula Poss Lake Mathews, CA
  • All of Donna's Family~
    We too, are very sorry to learn of your tremendous loss. The moms are the glue for our families-it seems things are never quite as satisfying or rich without them, but in time we come to a 'new normal' and things have a way of mending themselves. Keep the mom and grandma traditions alive-even if it doesn't get done as good as she would do it, it's what keeps their memories alive in our family trees. We will keep you in our prayers now, but more so in the days and weeks ahead-there will be comfort in odd places; we hope you find lots and lots of those moments. Bless you all.
    ~ Jason and Vonda Hamill Milesville
  • Donna was such a great lady and she will be missed deeply. In your memories, you will find comfort. In God, you will find peace. Thinking of all of you. ~ Karen Hanson Rapid City, SD
  • Deepest sympathy to all of Donna's family. We know she will be missed by all who loved her. So sorry we didn't get to see you folks this summer when we were in Philip. You are all in our prayers. Sincerely Cork and Bev ~ Cork & Bev Jahner Kerrville, Texas
  • I don't even know what to say.I was shocked and deeply saddened when I found out Donna passed away. She was my closest great aunt from my childhood and I have so many great memories with her, Jack, Jesse, Marty, and Vicki. I know my sisters Renee and Bobbi feel the same way. She was amazing and full of love and kindness. I am kicking myself for not being able to take a trip to S.D. last summer. Donna will be greatly missed. ~ Robin Johnson Cedar Rapids IA
  • To all of Donna's Family

    As you share the stories and the memories of how Donna lived her life and how very much she meant, may you find comfort. And, throughout this difficult time, may you also know the deep sympathy and concern that is felt for you and all your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    ~ Roger and Linda Hirsch 31603 122nd St Java, SD
  • Thoughts and prayers for all of you----I know it's been a long fought battle and you have our deepest sympathy. ~ Justin and Joyce Wheeler 24208 Fairview Rd.
  • Jack & family: We love you all so very much and miss Donna so much. We are so blessed to be apart of your family & cherish all our memories & continue to make more. In blessings Renee & Seth Johnson ~ Renee Johnson 6889 Hightower Dr. #1118 N.R.H. Tx 76182
  • To the Hansen Family:
    May the love of family and friends help comfort you at this time. Donna was truly a lovely person and will be missed by so many. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    ~ Dave & Karen Webb Rapid City, SD
  • You all are in my thoughts and prayers. God be will you at this time and comfort you during your time of mourning. ~ Andrew Eisenbraun Rapid City, SD
  • You will be missed Donna. I regret that I can not be there your your family. I am thinking about you and your family. I am thinking of you Jack, Marty, Debbie, Vickie, Jesse, Halli, Keri, and Brandi. Miss you guys. ~ Robbie Clausen Black Hawk, SD
  • Jack and family So rorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ~ Betty (Bodkin) & Jack Sagdaalen Nokomis, FL
  • Jack and family - our deepest sympathy in your loss of Donna - she was a great person and know she will be missed deeply. May God be with you all during this difficult time ~ Marv & Jean Sneesby Whitewood SD
  • Marty and family,
    Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of your mother. May your memories of her help ease the pain you are going through. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Glenn Sealey
    ~ Glenn Sealey Colome, SD
  • Jack, Jesse and Sheryl- Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your wife and mother. May you find comfort in knowing others love and care about you. ~ Jim and Leah Waddell Sahuarita, AZ
  • Jack, Marty & Debbie, Jesse & Sheryl,& family,

    We were sorry to hear of your loss. It is so very hard to lose those we hold dear. Know our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    God Bless,
    Bret,Vicki,Lindsey and Shwan

    ~ Bret & Vicki Kenner Mexico NY
  • Jack, Marty, Jesse, and families
    Sorry to hear of the death of a much beloved wife, mother, and grandmother. Much too vibrant of a person to be lost at such a relatively young age. May God be with you during this difficult time.
    ~ Mark Ford St. Cloud, MN
  • Jack and Family, Sorry to hear of your lose. May our lord give you peace, comfort, and his undying love. ~ Uncle Phil and Aunt Irene Colorado
  • So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. ~ Larry and Ann Cvach Midland, SD
  • My heartfelt sympathy to all of you. Donna was a great lady. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. ~ Bonnie Fitzgerald Memphis, TN
  • Sorry to hear about Donna, she was a great person, always enjoyed visiting with her and working with her at reunions, she was a great person. She will be missed by many but especially family. She is no longer in pain and is in peace, may the Lord give you all strength to get through this difficult time, will be thinking of all of you. ~ Don & Mary Keyser 3825 Odde Drive RC
  • Jack and family - we send our heartfelt smypathy to you all. Donna was a great lady. We will think of her yearly when our tomatoes are ripening! God's Blessings. ~ Jolene and Don Haynes Philip
  • Jack and All Your Loving Family: May God be with you and your family during this time of loss. Tenderly may God's love heal your sorrow. Gently may the prayers of friends ease your hurting. Softly may God's peace replace your heartache with warm and loving memories...hold on to them and each other.
    Our Love, Mike and Shar
    ~ Mike and Shar Moses Philip
  • Jack, Marty, Jesse, Vicki & families - Our hearts go out to all of you during this difficult time. Donna was a truly wonderful lady with always a kind word. May your wonderful memories ease your pain and give you comfort in the days ahead. ~ Brock & Brittany Smith Philip, SD
  • I wish to extend my sympathy to the whole Hansen family. In these hard times Donna is in a better place now cancer is such a hard fight and it sounds like she put up a good fight.I remember our chidhood days as neighbors she was always a kind and kind of quiet woman but i will remember her and all of her family. God Bless you all. Bonnie ~ Bonnie Moses nebraska
  • Jack, Marty, Jesse and family; So sorry for your loss, but know her suffering is over and she is at peace. keep the many memories of the great life she lived. I remember the many time seeing her with Jack while spraying and she always had a smile to great you. ~ Reuben Vollmer Jr. Midland SD
  • Jack, Marty, Jesse, and Vicki & Families,
    So sorry to hear of the passing on Donna....what a wonderful women. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.
    ~ Theresa Pekron Westminster, CO
  • Jack, Marty, Jesse and Vicki & Families,
    We just wanted to add our words of sympathy to you in the loss of your dear wife and mother Donna. We remember Donna and Jack from our years in Philip. May God be your comfort and your stength. You are in our prayers.
    ~ Russell & Mary Peirce Yankton, SD