Corrine Alberta Hansen, 98, peacefully passed away at the Linn Community Nursing Home, August 7, 2021. Corrine was born February 17, 1923, to Albert and Mae Hansen, Greenleaf, Kansas. She attended Maplewood Grade School, 1929-1937, before graduating from Barnes High School, 1941. After receiving her RN Diploma from St. Luke’s School of Nursing in 1945, Corrine joined the Army Nurses Corp. By January 1946, she had set sail for Germany on a troop ship. Her Army nursing assignments in Germany were hospitals in Heidelberg, Rheinau and Bremerhaven. Corrine came home to the USA in 1947and was discharged that year as a First Lieutenant and received the WWII Victory Medal and the Army Occupation Medal, while serving her country. Corrine’s first job as a civilian was working at the Children’s Hospital in Detroit, MI for a year. Then she returned to schooling at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She was recalled to active duty in 1950 and served at Camp Carson, CO, for two years. While serving the Army in Colorado, she also was able to finish her graduate studies, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health Nursing in 1951 from Colorado State University. After discharge Corrine began work as a nurse at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, Topeka. Again, in 1955, she decided to receive further education, this time at Peabody College, Nashville, TN, for a Master’s Degree in Psychiatric Nursing. After receiving that degree in 1956, Corrine began working at the VA Hospital, Denver, CO until 1959. She then returned to her home state and worked at the VA Hospital in Topeka once again until her retirement in 1981. Corrine had an exceptional dedication to her patients and career during all her years as a nurse. Corrine was an amazing gardener and loved putting together many cherished quilts for her great nieces and nephews after they were born. Staying in touch with friends and family was very important to her, through written letters and in the last 15 years using an email machine. No matter where she traveled, Corrine always remained devoted to her family, making visits when possible. It was only fitting she purchase her mother’s home in Greenleaf after moving back in 1981. Corrine’s home will continue to be a beloved memory as she was hostess to our Hansen Family Fourth of July celebrations for past years and hopefully long into the future. Survivors include sisters Margy Toler, Redmond, WA; Reeva Anderson and Marilyn (Jim) Deckinger, both of Wichita, brother Paul (Eileen) Hansen, Greenleaf, and brother-in-law Frank Werder, Kansas City;16 nieces and nephews; many great-nieces and nephews, as well as their spouses; and numerous friends she met throughout her long life and in the many places where she studied and worked. Preceding her in death were brother, Norman Hansen; sister, Dolores Soto-Werder; brother-in-law Randy Anderson; and brother-in-law Bill Toler. A memorial service in Greenleaf will be held in the fall.
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