In Memory of Belinda Hanson

Belinda Hanson
Belinda Hanson
Born: October 5, 1940
Died: January 14, 2018
Age: 77
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Belinda Hanson
October 5, 1940 - January 14, 2018
From: Nevada, IA
Belinda Louise (Sutton) Hanson, 77, passed away Sunday, January 14, 2018, in Nevada, Iowa, after a short illness. She will be remembered for many talents, including the ability to feed large groups of people, running a family business, mobilizing volunteers at church, and keeping husband Dwayne out of trouble. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Nevada, with Fr. Rick Dagit officiating.  Burial will follow in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Nevada.  Visitation will be held at the church on Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. 

Longtime residents of Nevada have likely tasted Belinda’s famous potato salad, which she gladly made in great quantities for weddings, showers, graduations, family gatherings, church events, and the annual corn feed that she and Dwayne hosted each August in their backyard.  

Born October 5, 1940, in Delaware County, Iowa, Belinda was a hardworking farm girl and often shared childhood memories of her loving parents, Howard Alonzo and Margaret Arminta (Meader) Sutton, her sister and lifelong best friend Sharon, and her sometimes pesky older brother Newell. Belinda graduated from Delhi High School in 1959. She was a worthy opponent on the basketball court and carried her free throw skills into motherhood, where she challenged her children to decide who would wash the dishes (she always won). 

On June 6, 1959, Belinda married her sweetheart Dwayne, who once took her on a date to see South Pacific and was often late to pick her up because of his chores. Belinda and Dwayne were an inseparable team all of their lives. They settled in Nevada in the late 1970s to raise their five children: Denise, Sandra, Brian, Shawn and Dustin, and to start a business, V&H Construction. They liked to travel, go camping, spend time with their good friends and help with activities at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. In their later years, Belinda and Dwayne loved to babysit and spoil their 13 grandchildren. Belinda had a special spot in her heart for grandkids who loved liver and onions like her. 

Belinda was a strong, smart and capable woman upon whom you could always count. She loved ice cream, shopping for fabric and beating the grandkids at Yahtzee. She never stopped searching for new Weight Watchers recipes and she was happiest when she brought together her family and close friends for a good meal in her kitchen. Belinda was loved by many and will be greatly missed. Her legacy will live on each time someone curls up under one of the dozens of quilts she lovingly made.

Survivors include her husband, Dwayne; five children, Denise (Mark) Swanson of Cambridge, Sandra (Eric) Johnston of Nevada, Brian (Leslie) Hanson of Nevada, Shawn (Keesia) Hanson of Nevada, and Dustin Hanson and fiancée Jordan of Chattanooga, TN; 13 grandchildren; one great-grandchild and another one on the way; a brother, Newell Sutton of Center Point; a sister Sharon (Alvin) Johnson of Anamosa; as well as nieces, nephews, and other extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant brother and sister, Gordon and Linda.

Ryan Funeral Home of Nevada has been entrusted with the care of Belinda and her family.


Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 12:59 PM
“Hanson Family,
We are saddened to hear of the loss of your mother and our family friend Belinda. We remember her on this day and the great memories we have working with her and your family over the years. Our prayers are with you and your family and knowing she is in a better place with God in his kingdom. ”
- Vier Families
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 7:32 PM
“I am so sorry for your loss. It sounds like Mrs. Hanson was a wonderful woman that will be missed by all in her family. My prayers to all of you.

- Tamara Thompson
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 1:45 PM
“Sandra - I'm so very sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. May God surround you with love and comfort during this difficult time. Sending lots of love and many prayers to you and your family.”
- Melissa Huen
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 1:44 PM
“Sorry for your loss she Will be deeply missed ”
- Kerry Becker
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 11:41 AM
“Sandra I'm so sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in my prayers. ”
- Abby Cox
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 10:10 AM
“Brian and family. So sorry to here of your moms passing. Such a neat lady. She will b missed. Her smile friendliness and love. Take good care of your dad. Your friends. Dwayne and Gerri”
- Dwayne and Gerri
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 10:10 AM
“Sandra and family - my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. All of the great memories of her will help you through this. Hugs to all of you.”
- Nancy Weisenborn
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 10:10 AM
“My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Belinda was a very special lady and I enjoyed working with her!
- Debra A Krebill
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 10:10 AM
“Belinda has a large family by blood but was like a mother to dozens more of us. My condolences for your loss. ”
- Antonio Torres
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 10:10 AM
“So sorry to hear this. I always enjoyed & admired Belinda. A wonderful mother and friend.”
- Sheryl Olson
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 10:10 AM
“Brian and Leslie we are sure sorry about your loss, know how tough it is and will be for some time. Remember we are just a phone call away and about 4 hrs away whenever you need to get away. Love you both take care.
- Dean Weinreich
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 10:09 AM
“We are very sorry to hear of Belinda’s passing. We always enjoyed our talks about family at the family reunions. ”
- JoAnn and Roger Sutton
Monday, January 15, 2018 at 9:23 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss! Thinking of you with sympathy and prayers being said.”
- Betty Davis
Monday, January 15, 2018 at 9:23 AM
“Denise & Family: I am so very sorry for your loss. Your mom always made me feel welcome when I stopped over. She will be missed by all who knew her.

- Annette Thompson
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10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Nevada, IA


Fr. Rick Dagit


Gary Makovec
Dean Rogers
Nicholas Swanson
Matthew Swanson
Mark Swanson
Eric Johnston

Mazian Hanson
Bourne Hanson
Simon Hanson
Samuel Hanson


5-7 p.m.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Nevada, IA


St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery
Nevada, IA