Nancy (Bergan) Hanson, 74, formerly of Lake Preston, SD, passed away at her home in Eau Claire, Wisconsin on June 4th, 2018.

Nancy was born in Volga, SD, to proud parents, Elmer and Marian Bergan on March 13, 1944. She grew up in the Lake Preston area, attended a rural school there, and graduated from Lake Preston High School in 1962.

As a young person, Nancy became interested in nursing. She worked part-time at the Lake Preston Hospital during high school. She was mentored by the head nurse there, Miss Veronica Murphy, who encouraged her to pursue a career as a Registered Nurse upon high school graduation. After graduating, she entered St. John’s School of Nursing, in Huron, SD. At one point during her nursing education, Nancy became discouraged and decided to quit. She went back to Lake Preston and talked to Miss Murphy, who told her in no uncertain terms, to get herself back to Huron to finish her RN degree. She obeyed!

While in Huron, Nancy met and married Stan Hanson. They later divorced.

Nancy and Stan moved to Eau Claire in the late 60’s. Nancy worked at a few medical facilities before starting at Chippewa Manor as the Director of Nursing in the early 80’s. She loved working at Chippewa Manor. She retired in 2010.

In 1975, Nancy and Stan were blessed with the birth of their daughter, Kristen. Kristen and her husband, Hil Palmer, gave Nancy two beautiful grandbabies, Drew (12) and Anna (10). Nancy adored those two grandbabies and loved to spoil them!

Nancy was a radical sports fan, and loved her Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and WI Badgers! She liked arguing with her Dad about which was the better football team, her Packers or his Vikings.

In addition to Kristen, Hil and the grandbabies, Nancy is survived by her four siblings, Rachel Sona, Jean Tomlin, Joel Bergan, and Bob Bergan, as well as several nieces and nephews, cousins, and her Aunt Carol Keller, and Uncle Robert Bergan. She will be missed by many, and especially her infectious laugh!

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date, honoring her wishes of a party with friends, family, food and country music.



  1. I am so sad that Nancy and her sense of humor and witty responses have left us behind. She will be so missed.
    May she go off with her angel wings to watch over those she has left behind.

  2. Kristin I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  3. My deepest sympathy goes out to you Kristen, Hilary, Drew and Anna. What a shock you must be experiencing. Nancy was such a great person. Full of life, and laughter. A very witty and a caring woman! May you great memories help you deal with this loss. Celebrate her life to the fullest. May God Bless you all.

    The Everitt’s

  4. Kristen, I am saddened to hear of your mother’s passing. I know you will miss her lots. Thinking of you and yours
    Dianne Wren

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