Meet Our Residents
Bob and Betty Hansen
When Bob and Betty Hansen moved to ParkView West four years ago, it was like coming home. Bob served as pastor at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Northfield from 1962 to 1977, and Betty was a secretary at St. Olaf College for the last seven of those years. All four of their children attended Northfield High School. Northfield was in many ways the family’s hometown.
Betty and Bob are both of Danish descent – she from the south side of Chicago and he from Greenville, Mich., near Grand Rapids. They met at a regional church youth gathering and were married in 1952. Bob attended Dana College and Trinity Seminary in Blair, Neb., and accepted calls from congregations in Oregon, Wis.; Selma, Calif. (near Fresno); Northfield; and finally Harmony, Minn. He retired in 1992. Betty attended college at The McCormack School of Commerce in Chicago, majoring in accounting, and worked at Stetson China Co. and Scripture Press in addition to her time at St. Olaf.
A piano is a prominent feature of their living room. The Hansens are a musical couple. Bob, whose father was an organist, sings, and Betty played the piano for many years, although she says she has not been able to play as much since suffering a stroke in 1985.
At NRC they have been very involved, at one time with landscaping until a full-time landscaper was hired. They appreciate taking van tours to restaurants, the camaraderie at afternoon coffee hours, Nygaard Movie Theater’s new releases and old classics, and opportunities to stay fit, including stretch-and-flex classes and walking indoors.
“We feel very well taken care of by staff and through all the programs that are offered,” says Betty. “We value the Christian backing of the policies here – so caring and supportive. And we have really appreciated Pastor Diane and Pastor Kristine.”
Betty comments also on the extent to which the residents support and teach one another. “We learn a lot about how to grow old. There are many very sharp people here who are in their nineties. We’re all on our final journey Home,” she says, “and we help each other.”