Shirley Mae Hanno

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Shirley Mae Hanno, 99, of Le Mars, died Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, at her home in Le Mars.

Shirley Mae Kehrberg was born March 22, 1920, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Le Mars, the daughter of Albert A. and Grace (Dahly) Kehrberg. She lived on the family farm near Neptune, and attended country school in Stanton Township. She graduated from Le Mars Central High School in 1937.

After graduation, she worked at Killeas Creamery and later worked at the Agricultural Adjustment Administration office in Le Mars, where she met her future husband, Loren Hanno, when he came in as a customer.

She was united in marriage to Loren Hanno on April 6, 1943, in Remsen. They moved to Riverside, California, where Loren was stationed in the United States Army as a military policeman. Upon his discharge from the service, they returned to Le Mars and purchased a farm east of Merrill, in Stanton Township.

In December 1950, they moved to a farm west of Le Mars. Loren and Shirley continued to live on the farm until they moved to Le Mars in 1976. Even though they lived in town, their hearts always remained on the farm. Loren died Dec. 20, 2006.

Shirley was a longtime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Le Mars where she was an active member of Leah Circle. She was a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star and Mother’s Study Club. She loved playing cards and reading, which kept her mentally sharp until she passed away. Her love for her family was always evident.

Survivors include her two sons: Bruce (Cindy) Hanno and Dean (Paula) Hanno, both of Le Mars; six granddaughters: Shannon Hanno Renken and her husband, Steve of Le Mars and their children, Lincoln and London, Noelle Kneip and her husband, Troy of Le Mars and their children, Landen, Drake, and Boston, Alison Lang and her husband Troy of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and their children, Chloe and Camille, Brittany Petsch and her husband, Brent of Le Mars and their children, Mia, Blakely, and Sullivan, Kelli Schoenrock and her husband, Calvin of Le Mars and their children, Audrina and Sawyer, and Megan Hanno of Le Mars; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Grace Kehrberg; her husband of 63 years, Loren Hanno; two brothers: Boyd (Helen) Kehrberg and John (Joyce) Kehrberg; and a great-grandson, Paxton Hanno Renken.

Funeral service will be at 7 p.m., Friday, at Rexwinkel Funeral Home in Le Mars. The Rev. Chris Meier of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Le Mars will officiate. Private family interment will be in Resthaven Memory Gardens in Le Mars. Visitation with the family present will be from 5 p.m. until service on Friday at the funeral home.

Arrangements are with the Rexwinkel Funeral Home in Le Mars.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Shirley’s name to Hospice of Siouxland.

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