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Ruth Hansen of H&H Foodservice Dies at 92



She and her husband, Donald E. Hansen, and brother, Marvin Hofer, founded the company, which was a member of UniPro Foodservice, in February 1946. She was active in the business until her death, her associates said.

The company expanded beyond confectionary foods, which it originally offered, and began selling broadline items to commercial operators throughout the region. Today the company is run by daughter Sandra (Hansen) Baldwin as president.

Hansen was born Feb. 8, 1916, to Harvey and Ada Hofer in Wellman.

She lived in Congress Park, IL, until age 15, the newspaper reported. Her family then moved to Strawberry Point, where she graduated from high school and worked in Cedar Rapids and Waterloo.

She married Donald Hansen on June 26, 1937, and moved to West Union in 1938. Hansen was an active member of the Bethel Presbyterian Church, where she was an ordained Elder, Sunday and Bible school teacher. She also served as the program chairman of Camp Wyoming and was a Girl Scouts director.

Hansen was preceded in death by her husband, Don, her parents, her brothers Carl and Marvin Hofer, brothers in law, Lloyd Bushaw and Cecil Ferguson, and a sister in law, Marie Lloyd.

Survivors include her son, James Hansen, daughter Sandra Kaye Baldwin, grandchildren, Jeff Hansen, Jody Smith, Joe Hansen, Michelle Jamison, James Baldwin, Dennis Baldwin and their families, 17 great-grandchildren, and two sisters, Marjorie Bushaw and Julia Ferguson.

Memorial services were held Sunday, May 25, at Bethel Presbyterian Church.

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