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Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: 605-624-2829
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Marlene Hansen

Marlene Fay Hansen (Svanda)

Thursday, July 3rd, 1941 - Monday, January 28th, 2019
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Marlene Fay (Svanda) Hansen passed away peacefully on Monday, January 28, 2019 at Sunset Manor in Irene, South Dakota.
Marlene was born on July 3, 1941 to Thomas and Tillie (Kucera) Svanda. Marlene’s first love was also born on that date, her twin sister, Marcene May, who is 15 minutes older. They joined their half-brother, Melvin Vellek, and lived on a farm near Tyndall, South Dakota.
Marlene and Marcene will have a forever, special twin love and connection that is deep and beyond understanding. The girls were always seen wearing matching outfits. Even years later, when they didn’t plan or discuss their clothing for an outing together, they would often show up with the same outfit.
Marlene attended various country schools and then graduated from the Tyndall High School as valedictorian in 1959. Her twin sister, Marcene, was the salutatorian.
After high school, Marlene attended the Sacred Heart School of Nursing in Yankton, SD and graduated in 1962. She moved to Mitchell and worked as a Registered Nurse at Queen of Peace hospital for a brief time and then moved back to Tyndall where she worked at St. Michael’s Hospital.
Although they had only met briefly in the past, in August of 1963, Darrell had a strong sense that he was supposed to drive to Tyndall and find Marlene. He found her working at the hospital. They dated a short time and were married on December 21, 1963 at the Tyndall Methodist Church.
After Darrell and Marlene were married, they lived in Irene, South Dakota their entire 55 years of marriage. Marlene was a lifelong member of the United Methodist churches of Tyndall and Irene. Marlene worked as a registered nurse at Sacred Heart Hospital, Viborg Memorial Hospital, Sunset Manor of Irene, the State of South Dakota, and the Turner County Health Nurse. She cared for others, until it was time for others to care for her.
She was nurturing and loving to others her entire life, especially with her family. Grateful for sharing her life are her husband, Darrell and their three children all of Irene: Beth (Gregg) Davis, Brian Hansen, and Brendon (Sara) Hansen. Marlene adored her grandchildren: Matthew (Brittani) Davis, Katey (Nick) Rempp, Kersten (Pete) Hansen, Scott Davis, Matt Hansen, Olivia, Noah, AJ, and Jacob Hansen. Marlene was also blessed with five great-grandchildren: Brady and Gunnar Davis, Cooper and Cora Wolcott-Young, and Ava Rempp.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider a donation to the Irene Avera Sunset Manor memorial fund. For obituary and online condolences, visit
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 31st, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, January 31st, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Hansen Funeral Home
  • Service

    Friday, February 1st, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Friday, February 1st, 2019 2:00pm
    United Methodist Church (Irene)
    S. Dakota Avenue
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    Pastor Judy Sayler
  • Interment

    Hillcrest Cemetery
    SD Hwy 46
    IRENE, SD 57037
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Mike & Lorraine

Posted at 05:54pm
Darrell & family,
Please accept our sincere sympathy in the loss of your Marlene! I loved seeing her at all our classmate reunions because she was always so warm and friendly and a fun person to be around. Love and hugs from Lorraine & Mike Moriarty

Mary L. Brockhaus

Posted at 01:07pm
To Darrell and family--I was informed of Marlene's passing by a nursing classmate in Yankton. We were together in the class of 1962--each of us bringing together backgrounds and talents. Marlene was one of these who we all enjoyed. Caring and with a great smile. I share in your loss and send my sympathies.
Mary (Duesman) Brockhaus

Jean r johnson

Posted at 11:39pm
Darrell and family, please accept my deepest sympathy in the passing of Marlene. I know she has been on a long journey and has now found peace . I will always remember her as a sweet neighbor across the street during our years in Irene. Seeing these familiar names in the paper brings back so many memories of happier times. I am so glad to have known all these dear people and to remember how special those days were. Hugs to you Darrell. I know this has been hard and I'm thinking of you. Jean Johnson

Kathleen R Herman

Posted at 09:19pm
Darrell, Please accept our warm sympathy for your loss. May memories of love and happiness shared comfort you in your sorrow.
It was wonderful to read about your and Marlene's beautiful family. Kay (Wagner) and Larry Herman SHSN

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