In Memory of Sue Ann Hansen

Sue Ann Hansen
Sue Ann Hansen
Born: April 2, 1938
Died: September 15, 2014
Age: 76
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Sue Ann Hansen
April 2, 1938 - September 15, 2014
From: Ames, IA | Originally: Nevada, IA

Sue Ann Hansen, age 76, of Ames, Iowa, died Monday, September 15, 2014, at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 19, 2014, at Memorial Lutheran Church in Nevada, Iowa, with Pastor Myron Herzberg officiating.  Visitation will be held at the church on Thursday from 5-7 p.m.

Sue was born April 2, 1938, in Nevada, Iowa, to Alfred and Ferne (Highland) Peterson.  She was baptized and confirmed into the Memorial Lutheran Church.  Sue graduated from Nevada High School in 1956, and the Iowa Teacher’s College in 1958.  She taught elementary school in Belle Plaine and Nevada.  While raising her family, Sue was a substitute teacher, a school librarian, and worked at Iowa Electric.  On February 25, 1984, she married Rodney Hansen and moved to Winthrop, MN, where she helped Rodney on their farm.  They moved back to Iowa in 1991, and settled in Ames.  Sue worked for the National Farmers Organization until retiring.

She was a member of Memorial Lutheran Church in Nevada.  She was also a member of Eastern Star, Sons of Norway, a past member of the Nevada Woman’s Club, Nevada Jaycee-Ettes, and many church organizations.

Sue never met a stranger.  She had many friends and loved life and the people around her.  She was a caregiver to many and never complained.  Even after her own health issues she continued to have a great attitude, a passion for life and her beautiful smile.  Sue loved to entertain, loved to bake, and loved holidays and birthday parties.  She made every celebration a special one.  Sue also enjoyed taking pictures.  Her greatest love was her grandchildren.  She loved spending time with them and enjoyed playing games.  Sue enjoyed summer vacations at Ten Mile Lake in northern Minnesota and most recently spending the winters with friends in Mesa, AZ.

She is survived by her son, Keith Pierce of Colo; her daughter and son-in-law, Kristi and Mark Coughenour of Maxwell; her grandchildren, T.J. (Loridee) Coughenour, Amanda (Trevor) Sharp, and Michelle Pierce; a step-daughter, Melissa (Jason) Hansen of Minneapolis, MN; a step-son, Mark (Sheila) Hansen of Urbandale; grandchildren, Derek Zollner, Miranda Evans, Aaron Koethe, and Allysa Koethe; and great-grandson, Sig Evans.  Sue is also survived by her aunt, Wilma Haukom of Ft. Atkinson, WI; a nephew, Brian (Amy) Peterson of Pensacola, FL; a niece, Marci (Sam) Devick of Laurel; a brother-in-law, Larry (Rhonda) Hansen of Roland; the NHS Class of 1956; as well as many cousins, wonderful neighbors, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Max Peterson in 1988; and her husband, Rodney, on January 14, 2014.

Ryan Funeral Home of Nevada has been entrusted with the care of Sue and her family.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Memorial Lutheran Church or to the American Diabetes Association.


Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 8:23 AM
“To the family of Sue Hansen,

Please accept our sympathy for your loss.

From Thelma and Family”
- Thelma McNutt
Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 7:24 PM
“My prayers are with the family to give strength and peace in this time of sorrow.”
- Paula Strum
Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 7:24 PM
“My most heartfelt condolences to the family of Sue Ann Peterson Hansen. I was shocked to find this news. I didn't realize she was having problems.
We were both in the Class of 1956. Nevada had a very close nit group of girls and all were outgoing. My aunt, Virginia Michaelson was one of them too, so I knew them well. We also were all in the Memorial Lutheran Church activities together as youngsters. Sue Ann was always very kind and we were certainly pleased to have her in our Milford Twp family when she married Rodney Hansen (D 1/14/14). We are so sorry for the lose of both of them this year. They will rest in God's arms together. God's peace be with each of you in your sorrow. God's love, Milfordite, Jurine Borton Moore -also for Virginia ”
- Jurine Maurie Borton Moore
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 11:25 AM
“What a lovely person Sue was, a real carbon copy of her beautiful mom Ferne. We hadn't seen Sue very much lately but enjoyed lunch each winter when they were down here in Arizona. We send condolences to all her family members.
Jim and Evie Gore”
- Jim and Evie Gore
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 11:24 AM
“I'm so sorry to read of Sue's passing. "Mrs. Pierce" was my second grade teacher at Milford School a long, long time ago. I've always loved her. I last saw her was sometime between 2005 and 2010, and she was just as pretty and as kind then as I'd always remembered her. Please accept my deepest sympathy at the passing of this lovely lady. ”
- Marcia Moore
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Friday, September 19, 2014
10:30 a.m.
Memorial Lutheran Church
Nevada, Iowa


Pastor Myron Herzberg


Thursday, September 18, 2014
5-7 p.m.
Memorial Lutheran Church
Nevada, Iowa


Deb Mitchell, Pianist
Pastor David Burling, Vocalist


Nevada Municipal Cemetery
Nevada, Iowa