In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the family, to be given to several organizations that Myrt supported. Please send to 4963 Larch Ave., Granville, IA 51022.
Myrtle “Myrt” Hansen age 98 of Remsen, IA passed away on Sept. 3, 2021 at Happy Siesta Health Care Center in Remsen. On August 30, 2021, mom had a stroke at the family farm in Granville, IA where she had farmed for 30 years.
Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Remsen, with Pastor Alan Cummins officiating. Burial will follow in the Remsen Community Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be from 4-7 p.m. Monday, at Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the church.
Myrt was born September 26, 1922 on a farm near Moville, IA. She was the fifth child of eight born to William and Bertha (Eichhorn) Bottjen. A short time later the family moved to a farm near Battle Creek, IA where she was baptized at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Midway, Iowa. She attended country school for seven years. At that school she was able to obtain a normal Training Teachers Certificate and was able to teach a rural country school. In her next 7 years she taught in the Anthon and Battle Creek area continuing her education by attending summer classes at Wayne State Teachers College at Wayne, NE.
In 1948, she married Charles Brant of Anthon and two sons were born, Bill and Robert Brant. They farmed and later they divorced. In 1953, she began continuing her education by attending classes in Morningside College in Sioux City, summer classes in Storm Lake, extension work from Cedar Falls and she was reinstated and taught 4th grade in Battle Creek for the next 7 years. She was a Cub Scout mother in the summer months. During the summer of 1960, she attended classes in Greeley, Colorado and then taught Special Education classes for the next year and a half in Battle Creek.
In Dec 1962, she married Murl Hansen of Granville, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Remsen. To this union, John and Ken were born. The next 30 years were spent on the family farm 8 miles north of Remsen. The work of farming and trucking was mixed with family get togethers, ball games, vacations, playing cards and dancing. Retiring in Oct 1992, Murl and Myrt moved into Remsen where Murl passed away shortly after.
Myrt was an active member of her church by teaching Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, sponsor of the Youth Group, member of church council, financial secretary, officer of Ladies Aid, alter guild, funeral helper, and provider. She was secretary of Remsen Cemetery Association for many years and a long-time volunteer of Hospice of Siouxland.
Myrt loved sewing. Made many family clothes and quilts were made for family and friends, ambulance services, the needy – here and overseas! Bowling was a favorite sport. Still throwing the ball in her late 90’s. Baseball was high on her list, following the Twins at home or a few times on the road. She re-started the Pinochle Marathon and managed it for 12 years – still loves the game! As a member of the Spirit Club Traveling Group she was still enjoying the many trips in the United States and overseas.
Survivors include her children, John (Rahkel) Hansen of Granville, IA, Ken Hansen (Mitzi) of Eden Prairie, MN, Bill (Rexanne) Brant of Paulina, IA, Robert (Lori) Brant of Phelan, CA; grandchildren: Jessica (Alex) Vinkavich in Alameda, CA, Andrew (Sarah) Hansen of Granville, IA, Matt Hansen of Crystal, MN, Jesse Ruttger (Mara) of Baxter, MN, Danielle Hansen (Cody) of Wonder Lake, IL, Maria Hansen of Wilmington, NC, Billy (Deanna) Brant of Jurapa Valley, CA, Jeremy (Tara) Brant of Ojai, CA, Jennifer (Randy) Duarte of Phelan, CA; great-grandchildren, Alexis Vinkavich, Mikhail Brant, Audrey, Blake and Avery Brant, Charlotte Duarte and Miles Ruttger; 2 sisters-in-law, Merna Smith of Eden Prairie, MN and Peggy Hansen of Marcus, IA.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Murl; her parents, William and Bertha Bottjen; her in-laws, Charlie and Lillian Hansen; 4 sisters, Evaline Schultz, Helen Nelson, Velma Parish, LaVonne Boyd; 3 brothers, Edward Bottjen, Richard Bottjen and Darell Bottjen; 6 brothers-in-law, Willie Schultz, Edward Schultz, Leo Nelson, Albert Loof, Howard Smith and Ray Hansen.
Casket bearers will be her grandchildren.