Gretchen E. Hansen, 100

Gretchen E. Hansen, 100, of Baraboo, WI, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 at St. Clare Meadows Care Center in Baraboo.
Gretchen was born at home in St. Charles, Iowa, (Madison County) on Dec. 9, 1917 to E.E. and Adah Mae (Quiggin) Murphy. In 1919, she moved with her family to a farm near Wyeville in the Tomah area and later moved into Tomah where she graduated from Tomah High School in 1934.
She worked several part-time jobs in the area and in 1938 married Donald L. Hansen. Don worked for the Milwaukee Road and his job moved them to live in Wausau, where their son, Dan was born. In 1946, the family moved to Tomahawk and then to Wabasha, Minnesota in 1955.
Gretchen worked as a secretary for various employers and was active in the local Eastern Star organization, church, card clubs, bowling leagues and square-dancing. After Don’s death in 1981, Gretchen moved to Baraboo in 1991 to be near Dan and Lynne with their family. She made many new friends and was active in her membership at First Presbyterian Church of Baraboo, Eastern Star and various other groups until failing health required her to move to St. Clare Meadows. On Dec. 9, 2017, her immediate family gathered to celebrate Gretchen’s 100th birthday. What a memorable event!
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Dan (Lynne) Hansen; two grandchildren, Amy Hansen and Adam (Terri) Hansen; and several nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
In addition to her parents and husband, Gretchen was preceded in death by 13 siblings and their spouses, and other relatives and friends.
A private family graveside service will take place in Minnesota at a later date. The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Ethan Carlson and the caregivers at St. Clare Meadows for the care and attention given to Gretchen during her stay. She appreciated the staff and the “good food” very much.
Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home, 520 East St., Baraboo, WI. 53913, (608) 356-4656

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