Betty Jean Hanson

Betty Jean Hanson

Betty Jean Hanson

Iowa City

Betty Jean Hanson, 81, died peacefully Tuesday, April 4, 2023, at the Lone Tree Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 12, 2023, at St. Patrick’s Church, Iowa City. Visitation will be Tuesday, April 11, 2023, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City. The Rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the memorial established in Betty’s name.

Betty was born May 25, 1941, the daughter of Wilfred and Irene (Kral) Klein. She was raised in Hills and graduated from Regina High School. Betty was a graduate of the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing. Betty was a nurse at Mercy Hospital for over 45 years.

On Jan. 21, 1963, Betty married Thomas William “Bill” Hanson at St. Joseph’s Church in Hills.

Betty was a member of St. Patrick’s Church, Helping Hands, and the Iowa Genealogical Society. Betty journaled every day so that her memories were well-documented. She collected lighthouses and loved to travel.

Most important to Betty was her family. She enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s events.

Betty is survived by her five children, Denise (Bill) Maier, Scott Hanson (Lisa), Kevin Hanson, Kelly Mills and Jill (Brent) Simpson; grandchildren, Tom (Meagan) Maier, Jared (Jacky) Mills, Drew (Kate) Mills, Katy (Marc) Belluomini, Abby Simpson and James Simpson; great-grandchildren, Chason, Gentry and Easton Maier; Chloe Belluomini; Remi Mills; Brynn and Jason Mills; sisters-in-law, Marilyn Hanson Johnson, Linda Klein and Carol Hanson; numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband; her grandson, Austin; and brothers, Robert, James and Richard.

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