Lynn Marie Hanson

Lynn Marie Hanson, 41, died Saturday, August 20, 2011 in an automobile accident in the Phoenix area. May the light of her smile and the warmth of her memory be blessed forever and ever. 

Lynn Marie Hanson was born June 19, 1970, in Rochester, Minn. to John and Sandy Armstrong. She grew up in Isanti County and attended St. Francis Sr. High School. Lynn was a very intelligent woman who was always reading more than one book at a time. She loved a good romance novel, or anything Stephen King. She moved around with her first husband Michael until they had their first and only daughter, Katie-Ann Marie Grassini, on Oct. 27, 1987 at Mercy in Coon Rapids. Katie and her were more like sisters most of the time, and were always there for one another. Lynn and Michael divorced and she remarried Shane Hanson and settled in Ramsey, Minn. for many years after. She had an incredible garden filled with perfect peonies, her favorite flower, and she absolutely loved planting, gardening, and decorating. She was an active member of several churches in her day, and was also baptized Lutheran. She enjoyed riding motorcycles and could cook and bake a phenomenal plate. Once Shane and Lynn were separated she was engaged to Steve Esslinger and moved to East Bethel. Soon after, she moved to Surprise, Ariz. and the two of them resided there ever since. She was an active member of the women’s auxiliary in Sun City, and made many new friends. Lynn was never alone, she could make new friends so quickly with her bubbly personality. She was a beautiful ray of light in any room she was in and was a social butterfly to the extreme. She also enjoyed scrap booking so much she should be labeled a “scrap-a-holic.” She had an entire room dedicated to scrap booking all her wonderful memories, and of course everything was pink, her favorite color. She was very creative and unique.

Lynn is survived by her daughter Katie (Josh) Grassini of Ramsey, her mother Sandra Armstrong of Isanti, her brother John (Amy) Armstrong and their son Johnny Armstrong of Mora, her former husband Shane Hanson of Ramsey, her former husband Michael Grassini of East Bethel, and her fiancé Steve Esslinger of Surprise, Ariz.; and by many other close relatives, friends, and pets.

Lynn was preceded in death by her father, John William Armstrong.

Memorial services were held Sunday, August 28, 2011 at Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel with Rev. Howard Skulstad officiating.  Interment was in St. Bridget’s Catholic Cemetery near Rochester.