Lois M. (Lilleoien) Hanson, 89, of Duluth passed away Saturday night, January 5, 2013 at Solvay Hospice House. Lois was born April 9, 1923 to Joe and Bessie (Bunde) Lilleoien in rural McVille, North Dakota, the second of five children. She remained proud of her North Dakota farm roots and her Norwegian heritage all her life. Lois was a graduate of McVille High School, Mayville State Teachers College and UMD. On June 20, 1948 she married Lloyd R. Hanson, to whom she was married for over fifty years before his death in 2001. Lois taught in Elgin, MN; Plummer, MN; Thief River Falls, MN; and Pillsbury, ND before moving to Duluth in 1957. In Duluth she taught at United Cerebral Palsy and the United Day Activity Center before teaching for the Duluth Public Schools. There she worked with students with special needs at Park Point Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, and East High School until her retirement in 1989. Lois was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church and active in its Mary Circle. For many years she sang in the church choir. Lois enjoyed children, music, staying in touch with family and friends, traveling with Lloyd, following her favorite stories on television, and puzzles. She displayed unconditional love to all, and one was never a stranger for long in her presence. She took special delight in her grandchildren. Lois was preceded in death by her husband Lloyd, her parents, her sisters Anna Dordal and Eileen Wilson, and her brother Kenneth. She is survived by her son Keith, her daughter Julie (David) Bard, her grandchildren David, Beth and Sarah Bard, a great-granddaughter, her sister Joan (Morris) Camrud, many other relatives, and countless friends. Her family wishes to thank the Hospice Team at Essentia and the wonderful caregivers at Solvay. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the 12 noon funeral service Friday January 11, 2013 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. 410 N. Arlington Ave. Interment will be at Sunrise Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts preferred to Holy Cross Lutheran Church or Second Harvest Food Shelf would be appreciated. To sign the guestbook on-line, visit www.wlbfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Williams Lobermeier Boettcher Funeral Home.