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Gladys Marie Hansen

July 24, 1931 — December 21, 2022

Gladys Marie Hansen, age 91, of Manning, IA formerly of Audubon, IA, passed away on December 21, 2022, at Manning Senior Living.


Gladys Marie (Rose) Hansen was born to Christoph H. and Louise (Meyers) Rose on July 24, 1931, on their farm in Arcadia, Iowa. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church, Arcadia, Iowa. She attended a rural school in Carroll County. In 1945 she moved with the family to a farm near Glidden, where she helped her dad farm. In 1951 she moved with her parents to the farm south of Gray.


She met Virgil at a Luther League meeting at Our Savior’s, and they were married on November 22, 1953, at Trinity Lutheran, near Gray. They lived on the farm west of Audubon where they raised Mark (1954), Cindy (1956), and Rod (1958). In addition to maintaining the household, Gladys helped Virgil with some of the fieldwork and milking the cows. She also worked off the farm from the mid-60s on, such as at the Audubon Furniture Factory, Olson’s Grocery, the Friendship Home, and Olan Mills Photography.


She attended Our Savior Lutheran Church with Virgil and enjoyed being part of various church activities, such as teaching Sunday School and VBS, and being in a women’s Circle. She was in leadership in 4-H, Audubon Co Farm Bureau Women, and was on the County Extension Board. Virgil and Gladys took trips together, enjoyed dancing, and visiting grandchildren. Gladys enjoyed sewing and making quilts for all the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

In all aspects of her life, Gladys was influenced by her faith in our Lord Jesus. This past year she expressed various times that she knew God’s truth that, because of Jesus, death is not the end.


She is survived by children Mark (Lynelle), Cindy Lane, Rod (Tracy). 9 grandchildren: Joy (Mark) Schreiber, Eric (Rosie) Hansen, David(Tammy) Hansen, Emily (Minsoo) Seo; Nicole (Alex) Starr, Kirsten Lane; Brandon (Shelby) Hansen, Chelsea, and Reva Hansen. She also has 22 great grandchildren, and two surviving siblings: Harry Rose and Loise Bruhn.


Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 03, 2023, at 1:00 P.M. at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Audubon, Iowa with Pastor Dan Beattie officiating. A visitation will take place one hour prior to the funeral being held at the church. Interment will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Audubon, Iowa, following the funeral service. A luncheon will be served following the committal service back at the reception hall of the church. For those not wanting to partake in the committal at the cemetery, the family invites everyone to remain at the church reception hall until the return from the cemetery. 


Casket bearers are Alex Starr, Brandon Hansen, David Hansen, Erick Hanse, Mark Schreiber, Dale Rose.


Memorials may be directed to the Gladys Hansen Family; they will be directed to many of her favorite local charities and organizations.


The Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon is handling the arrangements.

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