Wanda J. Hanson, October 30, 1932 - July 21, 2017

Wanda J. Hanson Wanda J. Hanson

Wanda June Hanson, age 84, died at Luther Midelfort Hospital Friday, July 21, 2017.  Wanda was born October 30, 1932, in Stanley, WI, to Clarence and Clara (Thompson) Mills.

It was her privilege to attend Roger Creek School, a one-room country schoolhouse.  Wanda was the last eighth grader to graduate there in 1946, the last year the school was in operation. She was in a class by herself.  She later graduated from Stanley High School on June 2, 1950. 

After graduation, Wanda worked as a telephone operator for the Bell Telephone Company in their Stanley exchange.  When the Stanley exchange went dial, she transferred to the Eau Claire office, working there until 1957.

Wanda was married to Alan S. Hanson, and they lived their entire married life in Independence, WI, where Mr. Hanson owned an insurance agency.  Wanda earned her insurance license during that time.

After Alan’s death, Wanda continued to operate the agency in Independence and later opened a second agency in Eau Claire.  She retired from the insurance industry at the age of 62. In her post-retirement years, Wanda was hired by the Eau Claire Veterans’ Administration; she especially enjoyed helping the WWII and Korean veterans. She held that position until she was 77 years old.

Wanda had a passion for the written word.  If she wasn’t reading, she was writing.  She wrote a weekly column for the Whitehall Times for many years and contributed historical essays to all but two books in a 11-edition series of Poetica Grandma-tica, among other musings.  The last thing she wrote was this: “My children said, ‘Our mother left us today.’ No, I didn’t leave them; I only died.  And now, as I enter another realm, I wish only for peace, warmth, and many books to read.”

She is survived by her four children: Diana (Mark) Gullicksrud, Strum, WI; Eric Hanson, Phoenix, AZ; Eliot (Kathryn) Hanson, Appleton, WI; and Jill Hanson, Rochester, MN.  She is further survived by three grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Safely Home

I am home in Heaven, dear ones;

Oh, so happy and so bright!

There is perfect joy and beauty

In this everlasting light.


All the pain and grief is over,

Every restless tossing passed;

I am now at peace forever,

Safely home in Heaven at last.


Did you wonder I so calmly

Trod the valley of the shade?

Oh! But Jesus’ love illumined

Every dark and fearful glade.


And He came Himself to meet me

On that way so hard to tread;

And with Jesus’ arm to lean on,

Could I have one doubt or dread?


Then you must not grieve so sorely,


For I love you dearly still;

Try to look beyond earth’s shadows,

Pray to trust Our Father’s Will.


There is work still waiting for you,

So you must not idly stand;

Do it now, while life remaineth –

You shall rest in Jesus’ land.


When that work is all completed,

He will gently call you Home;

Oh, the rapture of that meeting,

Oh, the joy to see you come!

                              Author Unknown


Wanda‘s independent spirit will shine on in our lives. Her mother, father, and husband Alan welcome her home as we say goodbye.

A private burial at Bethel Cemetery in Independence is planned at a later date with a Celebration of Life taking place Saturday, September 23, 2017 from  11 am until 2 pm at the Stanley Historical Museum in Stanley, WI .

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Wanda's name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or Stanley Historical Society in Stanley, WI.

Friends and family may offer condolences online at www.fullerspeckienhulke.com.

Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.


  1. Gary Hanson July 31, 2017

    Our sympathies to you kids on the loss of your Mom. She became a pretty good insurance agent!

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