Patricia Ann "Pat" Hanson, 65, of 1326 Crocus Circle, Winona, died Monday, January 1, 2007, at her home.

She was born May 19, 1941, in Niagara Falls, N.Y., the daughter of Peter J. and Nellie M. (Cwierly) Abramaitys. Patricia was united in marriage with Cletus A. Hanson on October 31, 1959, in Niagara Falls.

She was a member of St. John Nepomucene Parish. She served in the Therapeutic Recreation Department of Community Memorial Hospital, retiring after 25 years. She was a foster parent for Catholic Charities, assisting and caring for newborn babies awaiting adoption. She enjoyed spending time with her family as well as reading and knitting. Pat touched many lives and will be sadly missed.

Pat is lovingly survived by her husband, Cletus, of Winona; her children, Renee (Gary), Rick (Leslie) and Robin (John); four granddaughters, Taylor, Rachel, Courtney and Konnor; her mother, Nellie Abramaitys; a sister, Betty (Ken) Schreiber; a brother, Fred (Marisa) Abramaitys; and a sister-in-law, Sandy Abramaitys.

She was preceded in death by her father, a son, Randy, and a brother, Peter.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Thursday, January 4, at 11 a.m. at St. John Nepomucene Church, 556 East Broadway, Winona, with the Reverend Thomas J. Hargesheimer officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. at Watkowski-Pronschinske Funeral Home with rosary recitation at 7:30 p.m. Friends may call again on Thursday at the church one hour prior to the funeral Mass.

Pallbearers are Ernie Fratzke, Greg Bambenek, Merlyn Hanson, Bob Priem, Dick Graham, and Dan Wicka.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Winona Hospice Services and Adith Miller Care Fund.

A Watkowski-Pronschinske Funeral Service.

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