Vivian Myrtle Hansen was born to Barthold & Dora (Petersen) Pedersen on March 21, 1920, in Arco, MN. She was baptized, confirmed and married at Diamond Lake Lutheran Church north of Lake Benton, MN. She graduated from the Arco Public School. After graduation, Vivian was employed as a housekeeper in the Soren Holm, Frode Utoft, and Soren Faaborg homes. On February 18, 1942, she was united in marriage to Ernst Hansen at Diamond Lake Church. Ernst was inducted in to the Army in May of 1942, so Vivian started to clerk at Folmer Hansen’s Grocery Store for two years. She later took a job as housekeeper and babysitter in the Fritz Stefansen home until Ernst returned from the service in 1945. Later, she managed Hansen Paint and Wallpaper, which she and Ernst owned until 1990, when it was sold and then demolished. Ernst preceded Vivian in death on December 3, 1996. She later became a resident of the Hendricks nursing home where she resided for over 10 years prior to Monday, April 20, 2020, when she passed away at the age of 100 years, one month, and one day. Public services will not be held at this time.
She was very active in the American Legion Auxiliary and held all offices at one time or another. She was a member of the Tylerettes Extension Club and Horticulture Society. Vivian was active in various community projects and arranged windows for Aebleskiver Days for many years. She also served as a Community Chest volunteer and worked with Bloodmobile and Girl Scouts. Her hobbies included painting on wood crafts and other craft work, flowers, her collection of knickknacks, fishing, and being with her family.
Vivian is lovingly remembered her children, Diane (David) Kratz of Alexandria, MN; Dennis “Oscar” (Dariel) Hansen of Plymouth, MN; and Linda (Doug) Buller of Hendricks; five grandchildren, Michael (Annette) and Steve (Bea) Kratz, Amber (Michael) Robinson, and Bradley and Brian (Allison) Hansen; great-grandchildren, Justin (Brittany) Kratz, Taylor Kratz, Aiden Hansen, Remi Hansen, Vivian Hansen, Zachary Hansen, and Asher Hansen; step great-grandchildren, Emily (Nick) Crocker, Charles Robinson, Alexandra (Issac) Escobedo, James Robinson, and Pippa Robinson; great-great grandchildren, Kristopher Kratz, Mason and Claire Crocker, Emilia, Elena and Javier Escobedo, and Nahla Robinson; and two great-great-grandsons expected in summer of 2020. Vivian was preceded in death by her husband, Ernst; parents, Barthold and Dora Pedersen; grandson, James Buller who died in infancy; a brother and sister who also died in infancy; brother, Eigil Pedersen; and sister-in-law, Marvelyn Pedersen.