ARMSTRONG–Funeral services for Hannah Burg, 102, of Armstrong, will be held at 10:30 a.m. today (Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008) at the United Methodist Church in Armstrong with Pastor Lydon Roesler officiating. Interment will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery in Estherville.
Visitation was held Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008, at the Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Armstrong.
She died Friday, Dec. 28, 2007, at the Good Samaritan Center in Estherville.
Hannah Nielsen, the daughter of Nels and Olina Nielsen, was born April 27, 1905, in Skjern, Denmark
Hannah immigrated to the United States at the age of 5 with her widowed mother, brother and younger sister. They settled in North Dakota. They later located to Estherville. In her teenage years she made her home with the Roy Burt family, whose children, Eloise (Heidecker) and Edwin considered Hannah their sister. She attended Estherville High School, graduating in 1925, as valedictorian. While in high school she took the normal training program, which taught those students to be teachers. Following graduation she taught in rural schools in Emmet and Palo Alto counties.
On Dec. 7, 1929, Hannah was united in marriage to Eugene (Bus) Burg in Des Moines. Following their marriage they began farming near Wallingford, where they lived for 60 years. In 1938, Hannah became a naturalized citizen. She was extremely proud to be an American and followed both local and national politics. Later Hannah moved to Armstrong to be nearer to her daughter and family.
Hannah was a member of the United Methodist Church in Graettinger where she taught Sunday school, was active in a circle, United Methodist Women and served as an officer of many church committees. She was also active in Farm Bureau Women, named Rural Homemaker and participated in clubs in her neighborhood. She loved working with her flowers, garden, sewing and reading.
Left to cherish Hannah's memory are her daughters, Janet Sturm of Armstrong; Diana Glasser and her husband, Dallas of Boulder, Colo.; grandchildren, Richard Sturm and his wife, Kathy, Sharon Sjoblom and her husband, Mike of Armstrong, Diane Sprague and her husband, Jack of Lakeville, Minn., Matt Glasser and his wife, Tenisha of Phoenix; great-grandchildren, Stephanie Fredrickson and her husband, Dan, Kimberly Nielsen and her husband, Tyson, Mark, Ryan and Sean Sturm, Tony Sprague and Jacob Glasser; great-great-grandchildren, Jeffrey, Lauren and Nicholas Fredrickson, Samantha and Hannah Nielsen.
Preceding Hannah in death were her husband; infant daughter; parents; brother, Harold; sister, Hertha; and son-in-law, Vern Sturm. Online condolences may be sent to www.henryolsonfuneral.com