Gloria Hanssen, 67 of Sioux Falls, SD, passed away on Monday, September 2, 2013, at Avera McKennan Hospital.
Gloria Ann Studer, daughter of Ralph and Cleo (Long) Studer, was born on August 20, 1946, in Mitchell, SD. She grew up there and received her education. After graduating she attended Dakota Wesleyan University and then South Dakota State University.
Gloria was united in marriage with Dennis Hanssen in 1966, in Sioux Falls, SD. The couple travelled to Germany and North Carolina with Dennis being in the service, and began to raise a family. The family came to Sioux Falls, SD, in 1972, and Gloria began a career with Hawthorne Elementary as a teacher assistant. She worked there until ill health recently prevented her from continuing.
Gloria was a kind and extremely sociable woman. She was a mother to all and had a great love of life. She enjoyed going to her "book club" meetings, but her passion in life was spending time with her grandchildren.
Grateful for having shared her life are her husband Dennis, Sioux Falls, SD; son Jeff Hanssen and his wife Carrie, Sioux Falls, SD; daughters Angie Hegglend and her husband Karl, Silverthorne, CO; Kim Venezia and her husband Seth, Vista, CA; brothers Gary Studer and his wife Connie, Pierre, SD, Dennis Studer and his wife Linda, Rapid City, SD, Craig Studer and his wife Sandra, Atlanta, GA; sister Karen Fox, Laurel, MT; brother-in-law Dan Fox, Bancroft, SD; five grandchildren, Jacey, Jacob, Asher, Hunter, and Chase; and many other relatives and friends.
Gloria was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Doug Studer.
In lieu of flowers memorials are to be directed to the family for an educational fund to be established in Gloria's name.
Visitation will begin at 12 pm with the family present from 5 to 7 pm on Thursday, September 5, 2013, at the Miller West Funeral Chapel, 6200 West 41st Street. A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Friday, September 6, 2013, at Peace Lutheran Church.