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Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Gertrude P Hanna
September 30, 1915 - April 3, 2020

Place of Birth: Killdeer, North Dakota
Residence: Bismarck, North Dakota formerly of Watford City, North Dakota
Age: 104

Gertrude Paulina Hanna, age 104, formerly of Watford City, ND died peacefully (unrelated to the Covid-19 virus) on Friday, April 3, 2020 at a Bismarck care facility. Due to Covid-19, a celebration of her life will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Watford City at a later date. Burial will be in the Schafer Cemetery in Watford City, ND.
Gertrude, the daughter of German immigrants Gustav Franz (Hermann) and Frieda Marie (Vollmer) Kleemann, was born on September 30, 1915 in the family home north of Killdeer on the edge of the Badlands. She attended the one-room Island Country School and graduated from the eighth grade. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.
As a child of the Great Depression, she appreciated the simple things in life, was raised to be satisfied with what she had (not what you could buy), and was kind, generous and trusting to all. In her younger years, she enjoyed living on the farm, looking for their stubborn milk cows in the willows and riding her horse “Little Bit”.
Her first job away from home was working at the Wils Richards Ranch (near the Lost Bridge) north of Killdeer. In 1940, she went to work at the Figure Four Ranch (earning $15 per month, plus room and board) for four years where she met her future husband, Lewis Hanna. They eloped on February 14, 1942 in Sidney, MT. After Lewis returned from the service, they moved into Watford City. He died on November 9, 1990. She lived in their home until she was 99 (and still shoveling snow) when she moved to Bismarck to be closer to her daughters.
Gertrude worked at Stenslie’s Department Store (the current Meyer’s store), Parnie’s (Gilford) Style Shop (where the present day bank is located), the Chuck Wagon Café and Skadron’s. After their daughters started school, she was employed at the Good Shepherd Home for over 21 years where she retired as the head cook. During those years, all of the meals were made from scratch. On a treadle sewing machine, with love, she made most of the clothes (except underwear) for her daughters and their dolls.
She kept a diary from 1932 until she reached the age of 100. Her strong faith and determination got her through many challenges including “you have cancer” on six occasions. She often said whining about things doesn’t change anything.
It was a sure sign of spring when she would be outside working with her flowers and vegetable garden—a tradition she passed on to her granddaughters. She tended to her garden as if each seed she planted was the only one for the year to grow. Many will remember driving up the alley to see the progress of her garden.
Gertrude was an extremely hard worker, a wonderful cook (caramel rolls), laughed easily, loved to sing, was kind to animals, a sneaky card player, independent, and enjoyed find-a-word and jigsaw puzzles. She had a beautiful smile and took pride in looking nice. She was able to travel extensively throughout the United States. After seeing the ocean for the first time, she said she would take her Badlands any day.
Gertrude was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, the Senior Citizen Choir, American Legion Auxiliary and Rebecca Lodge (disbanded).
In the words of 2 Timothy 4:7, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith”. Job well done, good and faithful servant of God.
Blessed to have shared her life are her two daughters: Susan (Eric) Pearson and Kathleen Wachter, all of Bismarck; three granddaughters: Jennifer Hanna, Lori (Dusty) Kraft, Desiree Sams Herman: step-granddaughter Carmen Pearson; eight great grandchildren: Zachariah and Teal Hanna, Logan Gross, Broden and Treyson Renken, MaKyia and Ava Herman, Kwinn Rice, and two step-great grandsons: Jamison Lincoln and Devon Dean; and sister-in-law Marjorie Hanna of Watford City and many special nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Lewis; parents Hermann and Frieda; brothers Martin (Katherine) and Bill (Bertha) Kleemann; sister Alma (Bob) Hanson; son-in-law Alan Wachter; nephew Dennis Kleemann and nieces Dianne Cockrell and Cindy Skjefte, and on Lewis’s side of the family, Levi (Jennie) Hanna, William Hanna, Elwin Hanna, Robert (Edna) Hanna, Alice (Louis) Long, Walter Hanna, Claude (Faye) Hanna, Lee Hanna, Herbert (Delores) Hanna, Emma Lou Long, Harley Wright and Katie Kaiser.

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Larry Fisketjon (Watford, North Dakota)
Apr 7, 2020
I am very sorry for the loss of your mother a wonderful lady GOD BLESS YOU ALL may she REST IN PEACE
Diane DeFoe (Watford City, ND)
Apr 7, 2020
What a beautiful kind lady. I so enjoyed visiting with her at the hospital. So very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to all her family. God bless.
Shelly Rogness
Apr 8, 2020
Oh my sweet friend, we’ve shared a lot of good visits and many memories! Kathy, Susan and family, my thoughts are with you all! God Bless the memories of a WONDERFUL lady!
Sue and Lyle Johnsen (Bismarck, ND)
Apr 8, 2020
Kathy and Susan and families; We were certainly shocked to get the message about your Mom's passing. You know how we loved her. She was a grand lady. Wonderful sense of humor and loved the Lord.. We'd like to be at her memorial service, whenever that can be held. 104! Wow! You are lucky to have had her so long. Beautiful photo of Gertrude! Praise God for her long life. Sue and Lyle Johnsen
Jamie Jokela (Osage, MN)
Apr 8, 2020
I have so many precious memories of time spent with this amazing woman-they are my treasures to keep! Kathy, Susan & family-sending gentle wishes of peace & comfort-may your angels be near & God bless you-xox
Larry and Val Nygaard (McClusky,, ND)
Apr 8, 2020
Kathy and Susan, we are so sorry to hear of your mother passing. What a great lady. We had a lot of great times and visits with her.
Cheryl Rafferty (AZ)
Apr 8, 2020
Kathy, Susan and all families: so saddened by the news of your mom grandma sister aunt etc passing she was an AMAZING lady and will be missed by many prayers to all during this time
Holly Nordeng Dewhirst (Grassy Butte, ND)
Apr 9, 2020
I am sorry your loss. Growing up in small Watford City we pretty much knew everyone. I have fond memories of playing in the neighborhood with so many friends. Gertrude was always so nice. God Bless!
Gary and Amy (Hostler) Swenson (Bismarck, North Dakota)
Apr 12, 2020
Susan and Kathy and families, We were so sorry to hear of your Mom’s death. The last time I had a chance to visit with her was a couple of years ago at Touchmark. She had just come out of Chapel and I had a chance to visit with her in her room. She looked so pretty and I would never have guessed her age. I grew up down the street from their house. She was a hard worker and always had a beautiful garden. She was beautiful person, inside and out. You girls are going to miss her as well as all that knew her. We are thinking of you and Gert’s whole family with sympathy and love.
Jennie Millerhagen (Fargo, North Dakota)
Apr 13, 2020
God gave us memories so we might have roses in December (Barrie) I did not know Gertrude but I knew Kathy. Gertrude had to have been a fine woman to have raise a kind, giving, and caring daughter who loved her mother immensely. Kathy, I am sure your mother is smiling down from the heavens, thanking you for the blessings of time and care you gave her. You have made her proud giving your life to serving others in government -- Art Link, Bryon Dorgan and the North Dakota legislature. Though the tears with sadness never cease, my hope is the tears with laughter flow as you remember the happy times shared. I can hear your laugh, Kathy, and I am sure hers was similar. God's blessings of patience, wisdom, courage and strength for each new day.
Teri and Tim Taylor (Watford City , ND)
Apr 13, 2020
Kathy, Susan and family,

We’re sorry to hear of the loss of your dear Mom. She was quite a lady who always had a smile on her face. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Tim and Teri
JANE Kieson (Watford City, ND)
Apr 15, 2020
Gert was a lovely lady and will be missed. I had the privilege of doing her hair for a few years that’s where I got to know her. Loved to watch her work in here garden as I drove by. Always had a smile for you.
Jane Kieson
Landa E Manders (Bismarck, ND)
Apr 15, 2020
Growing up with Kathy and Susan, Gertrude was a constant, I can barely remember not having all of you in my life. Gertrude's gentle manner of living, her sweet smile and perpetual love of family will warm my heart the rest of my life. I have said for many years that I wanted to be Gertrude when I grew up. We wish you all comfort in this sad time, but also joy in celebrating a wonderful life well lived. Love to you all!
Kay and Ken Royse (Bismarck, North Dakota)
Apr 19, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss! Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family.
Edith Ripplinger (Bismarck, ND)
Apr 23, 2020
Sorry to hear about Gertrude's passing. A "neat" lady and always a joy to visit with at the coffee shop at Tpuchmark.
Renae Doan (McKenzie, North Dakota)
Apr 30, 2020
Kathy, I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. What a beautiful woman she was. Hugs to you all.
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