Karen Bong Hanson

Karen Bong Hanson
Karen Bong Hanson

Karen Grosse Bong Hanson, age 55, passed away on Friday, August 30, 2013 at her home, after battling stomach cancer for one year. She was born on January 12, 1958, the daughter of Donald and Angela Grosse, and raised on her parents farm in the Springfield/Martinsville area.

Karen was a fun loving person who had a great work ethic. She was known for her green thumb that was witnessed by her beautiful flower gardens surrounding her home. Karen also loved going on Harley rides with her husband, Gary, whom she was married to for 11 years. She worked for 36 years at Tracor/Noran/Thermo Fisher, where she was a part of a great group of co-workers.

Karen is survived by the love of her life, Gary; son, Daniel (Stacy) Bong of Ashton; stepdaughter, Rebecca Hanson; brothers and sisters, Mark (Mary) Grosse of Springfield, Judy (Steve) Reinke of Martinsville, Deb (Jim) Meier of Waunakee and Darrell Grosse of Springfield; many nieces and nephews; and brother-in-law, Gregg Hanson of Westby. She was preceded in death by her parents; Gary’s parents, Harry and Fran Hanson; and sister-in-law, Jacquie Hanson.

Memorial services will be held at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at Cress Funeral Home in Stoughton. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 PM until the time of services on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Agrace HospiceCare Inc. or American Cancer Society.

The family would like to extend their gratefulness to Meriter Carbone Cancer clinic, especially Dr. Hei, Agrace HospiceCare Inc., and to all the friends, family and neighbors who helped us through this journey.

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Marcel Proust

Cress Funeral Service
206 W. Prospect Street
Stoughton, WI 53589
(608) 873-9244