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St. John's Lutheran Church
Thursday May 19th, 2016

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Phyllis Hanse

Phyllis Hanse 98 of Webster passed away Saturday May 14, 2016 at Bethesda Home in Webster. Her funeral will be 10:30 A.M. Thursday May 19, 2016 at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Webster, Rev. William Olsen will officiate. Burial will be in the Webster Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-7 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home. Phyllis Hanse was born on Saturday, June 30, 1917 to Edwin and Cora (Johnson) Hanse at Peabody Memorial Hospital in Webster, South Dakota. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Webster. She attended school in Webster and graduated from Webster High School in 1935. She furthered her education at Augustana College in Sioux Falls and graduated with a degree in music and English in 1939. After graduation she moved to Claire C ity, South Dakota where she taught music for three years. She also taught school in Waubay, Hitchcock and Aberdeen before moving to the west coast where she taught in Oregon and other schools up and down the coast. While there she pursued and advanced Music Degree. Phyllis returned to Webster in 1953, to care for her mother and manage her father’s farming interests, after the death of her father. She taught school in Webster for a short time and then became active in St. John’s Lutheran Church. Her passion was teaching young children piano lessons and she taught more than 1000 students over time. She so enjoyed seeing her students develop. She retired from giving lessons in 2005. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church where she was church organist from 1965-1998. She was the director of the youth choir, member of the Lydia Bible Study group, W.E.L.C.A., a Senior Choir member and a Bell Choir member. She was also a member of the Progressive Reading Circle, Sons of Norway, National Guild of Piano Teachers and the American College of Musicians. She had a great love of Pickerel Lake and spending time at the Hanse Family Cabin which was her favorite place to entertain her many friends. When her father built the cabin it was one of the first cabins at the South End of Pickerel Lake. Phyllis had a great love for her hometown of Webster, including all music and athletic events. "Once a Bearcat - Always a Bearcat!" She also loved anything Augustana ! Phyllis took delight in her interaction with her young students. She just loved the kids, you could often hear her remark "kids are so genuine ." She so enjoyed listening to their stories and adventures. It made her so happy. Phyllis passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Webster, South Dakota at the age of 98 years, 10 months and 14 days. Left to survive her are cousins, many close friends and her former students. She was preceded in death by her parents.

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With deepest sympathy for the family of Phyllis. She definitely was THE piano teacher in Webster. I was friends of her niece Cheryl Hanse Moore when we we in grade school. My mom always told me when the Hanse girls were in town and Phyllis kept her posted. Phyllis will always be remembered for teaching so many students to play the piano.. What a blessing she was . May she rest in peace and know how loved she was by her family and friends. Joan Kennedy Aftoora

Joan Kennedy Aftoora May 18 2016 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Phyllis Hanse

Joan Kennedy Aftoora May 18 2016 12:00 AM

Phyllis was my mother's cousin but like an aunt to me. Our holidays were never complete until Phyllis arrived. She always kept track of our comings and goings like we were her own. We have moved far away, but never have we been far apart in our feelings for Phyllis. We will miss her. Gareth Roberts

Gareth Roberts May 17 2016 12:00 AM

We are so thankful to have been able to celebrate her birthday with her last June. Quite the lady as she planned her whole party...said she wanted to celebrate her 98th because she might not be around for her 100th! We will miss you, Phyllis.ߒհߎµ

Carol and Barney Hanse May 17 2016 12:00 AM

Taken at her party June 30, 2015...Hanse cousins!

Carol and Barney Hanse May 17 2016 12:00 AM

We grew up with Phyllis in Webster. My father and her father were brothers. My sisters and I took piano lessons from Phyllis and attended recitals. Holidays and birthdays were always special because of her. Cool summers were at her cottage at Pickeral Lake and we enjoyed 4 course dinners at her home in Webster. She kept us busy with new developments around Webster and in touch with old friends and teachers. No one cared about people as much as Phyllis. We were so blessed to have her as part of our family and life and often relive fond memories.

Nona Hanse May 17 2016 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Phyllis Hanse

Nona Hanse May 17 2016 12:00 AM

I have so many memories that bring a smile when I think of Phyllis. We shared many a holiday meal at the Roberts home in Brookings. I always looked forward to catching up with her. She was always interested in what we "kids" were up to and always had insightful things to share with us. On holidays, she always brought the Lefsa and a jigsaw puzzle that would take us the whole visit to finish. Although we have grown up and moved away, she was always a special part of our family. We will miss her. Linda Roberts

Linda Roberts May 17 2016 12:00 AM

Phyllis was a wonderful neighbor, friend, and piano teacher! She always had a smile for everyone! It was a privilege to live next door to her throughout our growing up years, and to enjoy having her as a part of our lives. It was a special blessing to have her at Jon's visitation almost two years ago. She and my sweet "Daddy" (Clayton Cussons) sat there with their heads together - both in their 90's - having the BEST visit! It's one of my treasured memories.... She was a very special woman and will be missed.

Carolyn Shultis May 16 2016 12:00 AM

My sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Phyllis. The loss of our dear loved ones can be very difficult and distressing to cope with. It has helped myself and others when we remember that they now safely rest in the loving memory of our Grand Creator, waiting for the fulfillment of His promised purpose. Also, may your own good and loving memories of Phyllis help to soothe your hearts. Sincerely ( Revelation 21 : 3-5; Acts 24 : 15; Psalms 37 : 11, 34 )

Gingee May 15 2016 12:00 AM

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