Ruth Hanssen, 89, Emery, died Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at the Diamond Care Center in Bridgewater.
Funeral services will be 10:30 am Monday, August 5 at the First Baptist Church in Emery. Burial will be in the Emery Community Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8:00 pm Sunday with a prayer service at 7:30 pm at the Hettinger-Bittner Funeral Chapel in Emery.
She was born December 25, 1923 to Paul and Anna (Mendel) Tschetter on a farm northeast of Bridgewater. She attended country school and graduated from Canistota High School in 1941. She received her teaching degree from Sioux Falls College. For 13 years she taught in rural schools near Emery. In 1967 she began teaching at the Emery School and in most recent years was a substitute teacher until retiring in 2006. She graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University in 1971 with her four year degree in education. On July 9, 1946 she married Harry Hanssen.
She is survived by three children: Brenda (Russell) Gulbranson, Sioux Falls; Darwin (Joy) Hanssen, Bellevue, NE; Cindy Speck, Greeley, CO; eight grandchildren: Chad (Amy) Gulbranson, Lonnie (Angi) Heibult, Andy (Alison) Pulford, Scott (Heather) Hanssen, Brent (Kim) Hanssen, Mike (Karina) Hanssen, Kelsey Speck and Paul Speck, six great-grandsons: Talon Hanssen, Dylan Gulbranson, Austin Heibult, Trent Hanssen, Brock Hanssen, Jack Pulford and a step-great-grandson, Ty Smith, five great-granddaughters: Katy Gulbranson, Avery Heibult, Grace Pulford, Lana Hanssen and Fernanda Hanssen and a sister-in-law, Frances Tschetter, Bridgewater.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry, four brothers: Edmund, Joe, Jake and Paul, and three sisters: Elizabeth Fluth, Rose Bleeker and an infant sister, Annie.