Joann K. Hansen, 79
Joann K. Hansen of Asotin passed away Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011, at Riverview Residential Care Center of a brain tumor. Joann was born Dec. 23, 1931, to Josef Schmid and Clara Pritchard in Fraser.
Josef went back to Germany and could not return because of the outbreak of World War II. Clara married the Rev. Emmett Bonner Feb. 1, 1934. Joann had five brothers and three sisters.
Albert Hansen and Joann were married April 2, 1949.
Through the years, she worked in the logging camps and worked in the office for Potlatch as a key-punch operator. She was a substitute teacher for area schools, and she taught piano lessons every morning that they lived in Headquarters. Joann loved her family and God with all of her heart, mind and soul.
Joann and Ab traveled all over the world helping as missionaries; their favorite place was in the Philippines. Joann was the person who people called when they needed prayer. It didn't matter what time of day that you needed prayer, she was always available. Joann held several positions in Aglow. Her love and compassion for women shined through whenever she found a woman in need.
Joann loved to be outdoors doing something. She loved to hunt, fish, go camping with her family, gardening and skiing. She was a great decorator, she loved to change the appearance of her home with various antiques and treasures from her children and grandchildren. She always tried to go to all of the grandkids' concerts and activities. Her grandkids called her Gigi.
Ab and Joann have five children whom they raised in the Headquarters area: Chuck, who is deceased, and his widow of Lewiston; a son and his wife of Gig Harbor, Wash.; a son of Clarkston; and two sons and their wives of Lewiston. Ab and Joann have 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Joann was also preceded in death by her husband Ab; brother Emmett Lee Bonner; sister Joy Bullock; and grandson Shon Hansen.
Condolences to the family may be sent to www.merchantfuneralhome.com.
A celebration of life will be conducted at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Abundant Life Church in Clarkston.
Lewiston Tribune, October 11, 2011, p. 5C
Transcribed by Jill Leonard Nock
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