Hanson, Jeanne Rauch Kitchen of Edina, Minnesota, died July 13, 2022, nine months after a devastating stroke, from which she recovered enough to have intelligent conversation but not the active life she loved. She was cared for in her final months and days by the incredible doctors, nurses and palliative care team at Fairview Southdale Hospital, the rehabilitation team at Mt. Olivet and countless long-term care providers performing the hardest job. Born August 12, 1944 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Jeanne was the eldest of four children of Jane Rauch Kitchen and John Kitchen, and also the eldest of ten cousins and grandchildren of Gertrude Schnull Rauch and John Rauch (her parents). -loved “Oma” and “Popop”), an experience to which she attributed her sometimes overly executive and sheepdog-like personality. She grew up in Indianapolis, attended Tudor Hall School, and spent summers in Forest Beach, Harbor Springs, Michigan, swimming and watching, spending time on her grandparents’ porch and at Camp Crystalaire, where she said she learned to eat quickly or skip meals. She graduated from Wellesley College, her mother’s alma mater. While in Boston, she met Burton Randall Hanson of Benson, Minnesota, then at Harvard Law School, on Operation Match, supposedly the first computer dating service. After graduating from Harvard Graduate School of Education, she moved with “Randy” to Minneapolis, married, and became a perfectly naturalized Minnesotan, except she was always more fanciful in her tastes and more impeccable. in his speech than the average. egalitarian Scandinavian. She hated incorrect grammar and always corrected it. After teaching English for several years at Golden Valley High School (now Breck, where one of her grandsons attends school), Jeanne earned a journalism degree from the University of Minnesota and started her career in writing and publishing, working first in academic relations focusing on developments in science and eventually becoming a literary agent and writer, publishing some twenty books herself, including Game Plans for Children : Raising a Brighter Child in 10 Minutes a Day; The Winter City Book: A Guide to the Frost Belt; The Beastly Book: 100 of the World’s Most Dangerous Creatures; The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Trees and Shrubs and The Poetry of Angels as well as travel articles for The New York Times and others. It was all worth writing. She has helped many other writers achieve their publishing dreams and has always come up with ideas for books to write for anyone, even her underage children. Jeanne balanced work and motherhood, going part-time temporarily after the birth of her daughter Jennifer and son Erik (having to pump from the bathroom it was the 1970s). She was a tireless, relentlessly energetic, creative and demanding mother who expected her children to work hard and be as exceptional as all parents believe. Outside of school, she took us on over 40 childhood trips, covering half the states as well as Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Canada and England. She loved natural beauty, avoided cities whenever possible, and wanted to stop at every roadside attraction. Mom said yes to almost everything in her life and got a little sad when her enthusiasm wasn’t matched at every turn, but she always bounced back with another idea. In her later years, she found joy in new friendships and learning opportunities, particularly through the University of Minnesota’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute; lead groups of travel writers in Iceland; writing and teaching natural history and science; traveling with Jennifer and her family, friends, and Road Scholar to star parties, national parks, historical attractions, Hawaii, New Zealand, the desert southwest, and anywhere anyone wanted to go; hiking near her beautiful home on the north shore of Lake Superior with her Australian Shepherds Mathilda, Alice, and Zy and her three grandchildren, converting Science News articles into kid-friendly treats, playing scrabble with them, and tutoring them every day from March to July Closures 2020. She was generous all the way, expected a lot from others and herself, but eventually found peace with her life, her family and the world. On her deathbed, she was always inquiring about new images from the space telescope, political developments affecting women, her grandchildren’s summer plans and, in general, “what’s next ?” As usual, she will know before we do and will be ready to share the news one day. Jeanne is predeceased by her parents, her sister Louise and her son Erik and she is survived by her sister Margie, her brother John, her ex-husband Randy, her daughter Jennifer (Jamie Schillinger), her grandchildren Linus (11) , Knut (9) and Elsa (4) and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Private family service.
Posted on July 15, 2022