Funeral services for Carol J. Hansen, 61, were held Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Treynor with interment in Cedar Lawn Cemetery in Council Bluffs.
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Carol Jean Hansen, the youngest of two daughters of Phyllis Jean (Torell) and William Faye King, was born on April 27, 1950 in Council Bluffs. She grew up and attended school in Council Bluffs, graduating as Salutatorian from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1968. Carol attended Dana College at Blair, Neb., where she received her B.A. in Education, majoring in High School English. She later received her Master's in English Composition in 2010 from National University in Riverside, California.
Carol dedicated her life to education. She taught English, Journalism, Speech, and Theatre at Audubon High School in Audubon, for 16 years. In 1988, Carol began teaching at the Carson-Macedonia High School until 1995, when the school consolidated with Oakland to become the Riverside Community School District. While teaching at the high school level at Riverside, Carol also taught for the community colleges of DMACC and IWCC. Carol retired in 2009 but still taught English Comp for Iowa Western Community College. She was always proud to see her students succeed in high school, college and beyond. She enjoyed seeing many former students turn into friends. When she was diagnosed with cancer this fall she received many cards and flowers addressed to "Oh Captain My Captain," a reference to a particular lesson from one of her classes, and they made her smile, laugh, and cry.
It was during her time in Audubon she began her work with the Iowa High School Speech Association and it continued for the rest of her life. Carol helped write parts of the current constitution for the IHSSA and spent countless hours rehearsing both large group productions and individual selections with her students getting them ready for contest. Carol held several positions with the IHSSA including district offices for the Southwest Iowa District and serving many years on the Large Group All-State committee. Many students and guests from all over the state of Iowa witnessed Carol announce the beginning and closure of the Large Group All-State Festival.
Carol met Roger Allen Hansen in November 1973 and they were married on Nov. 30, 1974 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Council Bluffs. Their marriage was blessed with a son Dan. Carol enjoyed spending time with her "boys" at Boy Scout meetings, attending high school, and later college, events in band, jazz band and choir concerts, and theater productions. She inspired a love for music and theater in Dan that continues to this day.
Carol's Lutheran faith was very important to her. She was a past member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Council Bluffs and in Audubon and was a member of St Paul's Lutheran Church in Treynor, serving on several committees, was a former board member, and was active with her Bible study group. She was a life-time member of the National Educators Association and was a founding board member for the Country Players Community Theatre in Audubon.
Carol loved the theatre, music and enjoyed singing. Her hobbies included scrapbooking and card making. She was an avid reader, enjoyed working on genealogy, and had recently taken up bridge. Above all, family was very important to her and she especially enjoyed her granddaughter Ali.
Carol and Roger were married 37 years when Carol passed away at the Hospice House in Omaha, Neb., at the age of 61 years, 8 months, and 3 days. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her father-in-law Norman Hansen.
Carol is survived by her husband Roger Hansen of Carson; son Dan Hansen and wife Jenni and their daughter Ali, all of Shenandoah; sister Sharon Kislingbury and husband Bob of Winslow, Ariz.; in-laws Jim and Irene Jorgensen; and brother-in-law Richard Hansen and wife Lyn, all of Audubon; several nieces and nephews; other relatives; many friends; and her two dogs, "Jack" and "Magoo".
In lieu of flowers, memorial suggested to establish a scholarship fund or to St. Paul Lutheran Church. Hertz Funeral Home of Carson, IA in charge of arrangements.
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Jan. 5 to Jan. 13, 2012