Paula Jane Hanson

Paula Jane Hanson Paula Jane (Itzov) Hanson died Oct. 30, 2015, at Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee after a fierce month-long fight with a relentless cancer. This was her second such struggle, having survived childhood cancer when she was 5 years old. She grew up to be a strong and fearless child and adult.

Paula, daughter of Andrew and Ruth Itzov, was raised in Menomonee Falls in the midst of a big family of many interests. After graduating from North High School, Paula enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in dietetics. Her career included running several institutional food services before settling at the State of Wisconsin as a public health nutritionist in Rhinelander, where she worked for 20 years. She was exceptionally good and thorough at her work, as repeated by her many coworkers.

Paula married George Hanson of Tomahawk on Nov. 26, 2009, the grandfather of two lovely and lively children of his deceased daughter. Paula quickly fell in love with the children, Mahjia, now 12 years of age, and Jack, age 6. Paula quickly created a healthy and happy home for them.

Paula loved the outdoors, spending time with family and friends, traveling when she had the time, and food, around which much of her life revolved. Most everyone remembers Paula for her sweet and caring temperament, and her beautiful and engaging smile. Paula is survived by her husband, George Hanson of Rhinelander; grandchildren, Jack and Mahjia; parents, Ruth and Andrew Itzov of West Bend; brother, Ted Itzov of Colorado Springs, Colorado; sisters, Greta (Dan) Smith-Bemi of Menomonee Falls, Becky (Brad) Guthrie of Livonia, Michigan, and Debbi (Tom) Goehner of West Bend; nieces, Katie (Chris) Jackson, Sandy Guthrie, Eva Goehner and Ilana Goehner; and sisters-in-law, Mary Morris, Tina Loza, Jane Hanson, Susan Hanson and Lori Ogden. She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents.

Services will be held Nov. 28, 2015, at Schmidt Funeral Home (629 Cedar St., West Bend), with visitation beginning at 9 a.m. followed by a memorial ceremony at 10:30 a.m.

Memorial contributions will be accepted in the name of “Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin” for the purpose of ongoing cancer research.

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