Bette Ann Hanson

Sept. 2, 1928 - Sept. 25, 2006

Bette Ann Hanson, 78, of New Berlin, died Monday, Sept. 25, 2006, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. She was born in Waukesha on Sept. 2, 1928, to Loyal M. Hanson Sr. and Mae (Burrie-Kuhtz) Hanson.

She was a 1946 graduate of Waukesha High School. She received her bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1955 and her master of science degree in education in 1967. In 1969, she was chosen by the National Association for the Education of Young Children to be master teacher at the Demonstration Project for Indian Schools in Tempe, Ariz. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she earned a doctorate in early childhood education in 1979. During her teaching career, she taught at Brown Street School in Milwaukee, New Berlin Center School, Hawthorne Elementary School in Waukesha, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she was involved with curriculum and instruction, and the University of Wisconsin-Stout as program director and professor of early childhood education. She retired from UW-Stout in 1996 and was named professor emeritus. She was a longtime member of the Evangelical and Reformed United Church of Christ in Waukesha.

She is survived by her sisters, Donna Mae Hanson of New Berlin, Nioleta Jean Hanson of Madison, Susan Kay (Dean) Wilcox of New Berlin and Sandra Lea Hanson of Pillager, Minn., and her brothers, Loyal M. Hanson Jr. of Fallbrook, Calif., and Robert Charles (Karla) Hanson of Waukesha. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Barbara L. Hanson, and her brothers, Richard A. Hanson and Gary W. Hanson.

Services for Bette will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at Prairie Home Cemetery Chapel, 605 S. Prairie Ave., Waukesha. Interment to follow.

For further information, call Randle-Dable Funeral Home at 547-4035 or visit online at www.randledable.com.

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