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Doris L. Hansel

Doris L. Hansel

Doris Leona Hansel, age 87 of Hastings, passed into Heaven July 2, 2018 at Regina Assisted Living surrounded by her family.

Doris, the second of four daughters, was born July 31, 1930, in Carrollton, MO, to farming parents Raymond and Leona (Fergason) Struck. She married Harry J. Hansel, whose family lived on a nearby farm, on March 16, 1952, when he was on leave from the Coast Guard during the Korean War. She followed him to Florida and bore their first daughter, Kristy. Three years later, they settled in Hastings, MN, and eventually had three more daughters.

Doris wanted to be remembered for, among other things, being a farmer's daughter, her participation in various church women's groups, working the night shift at Smead Manufacturing Co., and retiring from the Dakota County Recorder's office as a supervisor with 15 years of service. We remember humble Doris for much more than that.

She was a loving, devoted, and selfless woman who put everyone's needs above her own. Hard working and frugal with a dollar, "waste not, want not" was her way of being. An avid gardener, she was thrilled when people stopped to admire her flowers, and spent many hot hours in the kitchen canning vegetables from her garden. Totally unpretentious, "salt of the earth" best describes her. The world saw her true self - a little shy, ever a peacemaker, always a woman who exemplified modesty in clothing and speech.

She was truly happiest surrounded by family and involved in their lives. Making lunch for them after Sunday church was a highlight of her week. Her oldest daughter's death in a 1976 car accident made her even more protective of her remaining family's welfare; no act on their behalf was too great. She enveloped her grandchildren years later with the same all-encompassing love, reminiscent of a warm blanket on a cold day. Housework, always high on her priority list, became of second importance when she was with them.

We will forever love and cherish her, and remember her life as a testament to the true selflessness of a woman who personified the Golden Rule, was the first to forgive, and who lived by faith even as dementia robbed her of her ability to walk and speak. She's with her Heavenly family now, who are undoubtedly rejoicing in their reunion.

Doris is survived by her beloved husband, Harry; daughters, Kate (John Swanson) Hansel, Julie (John) Niederkorn, Jill (Ken) Shimota; grandchildren, Nicole (Dustin Hummel) and Ashley (Fiance Kevin White) Niederkorn, and Jacob Shimota; sisters, Kathleen Nicholas and Carolyn West; brother-in-law Al West; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Kristy Lynn; and sister, Margaret Ann Allen.

A Celebration of Life was held Friday, July 6, 2018 at 11 a.m., at the Resurrection United Methodist Church, 615 W. 15th St., Hastings, MN. Interment followed at Lakeside Cemetery, Hastings.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Alzheimer's Disease Research, brightfocus.org/alzheimers, or Resurrection United Methodist Church, rezumc.org

Arrangements are being completed by Caturia, Smidt & Starkson Funeral Home & Crematory of Hastings.

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