Connie Rae Hansen, 85, of Redfield, SD, passed away Saturday, March 28, 2020, at the Eastern Star Home in Redfield.
Following the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, a private family funeral service and interment will be held. Reverend Brian Wasmoen will officiate. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hyke Funeral Home of Redfield. (www.hykefuneralhome.com)
Connie Rae Torgrude was born to Sam and Dorothy (Erickson) Torgrude on December 5, 1934, in Arlington, SD. After graduating from Arlington High School in 1953, Connie enrolled at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD. She attended Augustana for her freshman and sophomore years of college. In the fall of 1955, she transferred to the University of South Dakota in Vermillion and upon graduating in 1956 with a B.S. degree in Social Work, became the Director of Public Welfare for Clay County, SD.
During her time at USD, Connie met Harley Hansen. They were married on September 9, 1956 and continued living in Vermillion until Harley finished college. In June of 1958, they moved to Redfield, SD, and Connie settled into her passionate and lifelong responsibilities of being a devoted wife and mother. Her days became filled with everything those pursuits entail...meals, cleaning, sports, doctor appointments, birthday parties, costumes, grades, studying, conferences, contests, presents, treats, reunions, anniversaries, sickness, health, hobbies, collections, friends, pets, vacations, graduations, weddings, births, deaths, happiness, sadness, and on and on and on. She did it all with passion.
In the midst of all that, she still made time to be a very active member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and served it in many capacities over the years. Her singing voice was in demand for many weddings and funerals over the years.
Always, Connie had time for her friends and spent many hours visiting with them outside on the patio in the shade of the big Honey Locust tree. If no one was there visiting, she could be found reading a book.
She was preceded in death by her husband Harley Hansen; and her parents Sam and Dorothy Torgrude.
She is survived by her three children: Kevin Hansen of Zell, SD; Kyle (Shelley) Hansen of Mendota Heights, MN; and Karen (Greg) Schumacher of Rapid City, SD; siblings: Darla Jensen, Zane (Susan) Torgrude; and Zona (Bruce) Liberatti; as well as 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
With gratitude, the family prefers memorials directed to: Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1514 E 1st Street, Redfield, SD, 57469
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