Elaine Adelyn (Bokemper) Hansen, 89, of Wakefield, died Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 at Wakefield Health Care Center in Wakefield.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wakefield with Pastor William Bertrand officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wakefield, with a prayer service starting at 7 p.m. Burial will be in the Wakefield City Cemetery in Wakefield.
Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation.
Arrangements are under the direction of Bressler-Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Wakefield.
Elaine Adelyn (Bokemper) Hansen was born Dec. 24, 1928 in Wakefield to Henry and Viola (Schneckloth) Bokemper. She was baptized and confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church in Wakefield. She attended and graduated from Wakefield High School in 1947 and continued her education at Wayne State College. After graduating from college she began teaching kindergarten and coaching girls basketball in Soldier, Iowa. Elaine also taught kindergarten in Sloan, Iowa before moving back to teach kindergarten in Wakefield. On Aug. 21, 1953 Elaine married Bob Hansen. Together the couple lived on a farm south of Wakefield and started farming together. As a housewife she enjoyed cooking, baking and canning. Elaine also spent a lot of time taking care of the hogs, milking cows and caring for chickens. Their chickens laid enough eggs that they provided Wayne State College with eggs for several years.
Elaine later helped start the EVEN DOZEN CLUB, a home extension club and the farm fans club. She was an active member of St. Paul’s Ladies Aid, L.L.L. and later at St. John’s Lutheran Church.
Survivors include her husband, Bob; sons, Dale (Sue) Hansen of Wakefield, Rex (Jean) Hansen of Wakefield; daughters, Gloria (Rayme) Dowling of Allen, Trudy (Jerry) Roberts of Powell Butte, Ore., Kaye (Jim) Schweigert of Omaha; a sister, Anita Dietz of Callumus, N.Y.; 15 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a half sister, Irene.