Thomas & Berdine Hanson

Committal services for Thomas and Berdine Hanson will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 15, at the Black Hills National Cemetery. A V.A. Chaplain from Fort Meade will officiate the brief interment services with military honors presented by the Sturgis Honor Guard.

Thomas Leonard Hanson was born July 22, 1916, in Mt. Vernon, SD. Tom was the 13th child of the 14 born of Martin and Lizzie Hanson. He was a retired supervisor with Lockheed Missile and Space Company located in Sunnyvale, California. He is survived by his loving brother, Hans Hanson, of Philip, SD.

Helen Berdine Hoff was born June 30, 1918, in Mondamin, IA. Berdine was the youngest of seven children born to Walter and Alice Hoff. She was a retired elementary school teacher in the Santa Clara Unified School District located in Santa Clara, CA.

Tom and Berdine met in California and were married on July 5, 1942, and began their married life in Southern California. They had two daughters, Tonnie and Cindy. In 1958, they moved to Northern California were they resided until they retired to Hemet, CA, in 1977. In 1993, they relocated to Maui, HI, where they spent many happy years before their final move to Kona, HI, in 2001.

Tom was known for his love of gardening and was always sharing his fruits and vegetables with friends and neighbors. He delighted in children and was a child at heart himself. Berdine's gentle spirit could be found in her classroom and her home. Her quiet strength uplifted and inspired others. Tom and Berdine loved to dance and were devoted to each for over 60 years.

Tom and Berdine passed away peacefully in Tonnie's home in Kona. Berdine was called home by the Lord on Feb. 12, 2004, and the Lord called Tom on Oct. 15, 2004.

Memorial services for Berdine were held in Kona at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity on February 23, 2004. The memorial service for Tom was held in Kona at Tonnie's home on Nov. 1, 2004.

Tom and Berdine Hanson are survived by oldest daughter, Tonnie and her family (husband Gary Bernhardson, sons Quentin and Erik Bernhardson and daughter Britta Bernhardson-Brunz), and youngest daughter, Cindy Hanson-Goltzer and her family (husband Michael Goltzer, daughters Thomasina, Larisa, and Savanna Goltzer). In addition, they are survived by three great-grandchildren, (Devin, Stormie, and Jameson), and numerous nieces and nephews.