Melvina P. Hanson, 83, Coralville
Obituaries · February 15, 2013

Melvina P. Hanson, 83, formerly of the Iowa City, Solon and West Branch area died Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Windmill Manor Care Center in Coralville.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City with burial to follow at Oakland Cemetery. Visitation will be after 9 a.m. Thursday until services at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be given in her memory to Hospice. Online condolences may be sent for her family through the Web at

Melvina Pearl Hanson was born Aug. 25, 1929, in Ringsted, Iowa the daughter of Sebo and Sylvia (McLaughlin) Behrends. She was united in marriage to Carl W. “Bill” Hanson on Jan. 19, 1947. For a number of years the couple farmed near Ringsted until moving to the Iowa City area where Melvina cared for her family, worked for the University of Iowa, and later, while living in West Branch, worked for Casey’s and McDonald’s there. She was a member of the Eagles Lodge and VFW Post No. 3949.

Her family includes her children, Roger (Karma) Hanson of Washington, Iowa, Donna (John) Erickson of Minneapolis, Minn., Rodney (Ileen) Hanson of Atalissa, Russell (Connie) Hanson of Iowa City, Randy (Donna Henry) Hanson of Cedar Rapids, Ray (Debbie) Hanson of Hills, and Darla Blair of Iowa City; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her sister, Edna; and daughter-in-law Rhonda Hanson.

Melvina was preceded in death by son Richard “Dick” Hanson, grandson Jeremy, and former husband Bill.

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