Viva L. Hanna

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 3:17 pm

Viva L. Hanna, 99, of Decorah, died Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, at Barthell O.E.S. Home in Decorah. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 5, at United Congregational Church of Christ in Decorah, with Pastor Laura Arnold officiating. Burial is in Oakland Cemetery, Forest City. Friends may visit with the family starting at 10 a.m. Monday, one hour before the service, at the church. Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at

Viva Lucille Hanna was born Oct. 31, 1915, in Forest City, the daughter of Floyd and Hattie (Tannahill) Fischer. She was a 1934 graduate of Forest City High School and a 1935 graduate of Waldorf Business College in Forest City. Following graduation she worked as a bookkeeper at W.C. Hansen Hardware and Plumbing and also in the office for Forest City Produce. Viva was united in marriage with Reidar Hanna Dec. 5, 1937. They were blessed with one son, Monte Rei. They moved to Decorah in June, 1950. After her husband’s death in 1965, she worked in the registrar’s office at Luther College. In 1967, she moved back to Forest City. After her return to Forest City she worked at the Forest City Elevator as a bookkeeper, and then took a job at Forest City High School. She was a member of First Congregational Church of Forest City, where she served as Treasurer for several years. She also served on Forest City Board of Adjustments for several years. Viva especially enjoyed decorating and reading until her eyesight began to fail. In July, 1993, Viva returned to Decorah and was a member of Congregational United Church of Christ. She made her home at Barthell O.E.S. Home since 2005.

Viva is survived by her son, Monte (Pat) Hanna of Bellevue, Wash.; two grandsons, Eric and Scott Hanna; one great-grandson, Andry Hanna; one great-granddaughter, Madisyn Faith Hanna; one great-great-granddaughter, Amelia Faith Hanna.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Reidar on December 17, 1965.

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