Claudette Rae Hanson (Kitsy) age 79, of New Brighton, MN passed away peacefully in her home after a brave battle with stage 4 lung cancer.
Claudette was born in 1942 on the family farm which is now considered Woodbury, MN. When she was a child, she and her family moved from the farm to downtown St. Paul, MN where they lived in what she referred to as ‘the Red Flatt apartments’. Eventually, the family then moved to a home in Maplewood, MN.
She is preceded in death by her parents Clarence and Leone Murphy; husband of 38 years Milton Hanson; brothers, Philip (Mary) Murphy, David Murphy, James (Diane) Murphy, and Mike Murphy; sisters, Jane (Howard) Lee and June Hanson.
She will be deeply missed by those who survive her: daughters, Shirley Weekes, Leanne Sawdy and Kelly Faulstich; grandchildren, Valerie (Nicholas) Schoess, Courtney (Nathan Buck) Weekes, Angela (Samantha) Ross, Sara, Hannah, and Shae; brother Patrick (Roberta) Murphy; sisters, Clarine (Bobby) Hanson and Madeline (Chuck) Johnson; and many other family and friends.
She attended White Bear Lake High School. Due to hardships in life she left high school early and started working as a dietary aide at St. John’s Hospital in St. Paul, MN.
Claudette has two daughters from her first marriage Leanne and Kelly. In 1969 she married her second husband Milton Hanson, and they had one daughter Shirley.
Milton and Claudette purchased a Tri-Plex on the east side of St. Paul where Claudette was a devoted housewife and mother. She often worked with Milton when he went into the drywall and painting business for himself. In 1978 they purchased their final home in New Brighton, MN. During this time Claudette worked at Tena Company in St. Paul working with files for audits. She enjoyed this position very much until the company switched to digital filing and her position was eliminated at which time, she started retirement. During retirement Claudette loved to spend time with her family including her cat Lucy and enjoyed gardening. Claudette also had a love for baking and vacuuming.