Joan Hansen -- Austin

AUSTIN -- The funeral Mass for Joan Hansen was at 11 a.m. today at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein, Iowa, with the Rev. Frederick Fangmann officiating. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Oelwein.

Mrs. Hansen, 65, of Hazleton, Iowa, formerly of Austin, died Tuesday (May 10, 2005) of cancer at her home.

Joan Carol Thilgen was born June 21, 1939, in Minneapolis. Her family moved from Minneapolis to Austin when she was a child, and she attended school in Austin, graduating in 1957. On April 19, 1958, she married Allan Edward Hansen at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin, and they lived in Austin and Rochelle, Ill., for several years before moving to Iowa. They owned a restaurant/bar, "Joan and Al's Supper Club," in Oelwein, where they stayed for 14 years, and the "Second Chance" bar/cafe in Hazleton, where they had been for 19 years. She also worked in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and then at "Yellow Book" in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Hazleton and Sacred Catholic Heart Church of Oelwein; was a member of the Hazleton Town Council for six years; and enjoyed crocheting, knitting, needlepoint, gardening, reading and her dogs.

Survivors include her husband; three daughters, Deb (Robert) Fox of Sumner, Iowa, Julie Hansen of Marion, Iowa, and Lori (Mell) O'Donnell of Cedar Rapids; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one brother, Burnell of Minneapolis. One son, two sisters and one stepbrother preceded her in death.

Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home of Oelwein was in charge of arrangements.


A memorial fund has been established.

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