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Welcomed into Heaven by his Beautiful Savior, Jesus, surrounded by his wife and daughter, June 20, 2008. Beloved husband for over 54 years and best friend of Kari. Very best and most loved Dad in the world to his only child, Nancy-Anne. Also survived by his pet, Adorabelle, many friends, both here and in Norway. Hans was born in Norway on September 3, 1929. He began working in a bakery at age 14. At 21, he left Norway on his own to come to America to pursue the American dream. If took 10 days and nights for the ship Hans boarded to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Despite a near total hearing loss, Hans secured a baking job 2 days after arriving in the United States. He stay gainfully employed with at least one, if not two, jobs at a time, for decades before retiring. Hans took classes to learn the English language and to become an American Citizen. Although he deeply loved Norway, his original homeland, Hans considered himself a true American in every sense of the word. He faithfully displayed flags for Memorial Day and July 4th, and proudly voted at every opportunity. He loved to display his "I Voted" sticker. Hans was known for baking and decorating the most beautiful and delicious cakes, which included elaborate, outstanding wedding cakes. (People always asked if Hans could make their wedding cakes!) He could whip up an always-delicious baking recipe at a moment's notice off the top of his head! His own original carrot cake recipe created for Crestwood Bakery was unbeatable. Hans was a big, always brave man, with the most sensitive, kind heart. Always a peacemaker, he always took the past of those who were weaker and smaller. He was so very polite and had impeccable manners. Hans loved all nature, especially animals, and they, in turn, loved him. He was an excellent skier, ski jumper, soccer player, and he loved to play pool. He was an outstanding cook. Self-taught, he could set tile beautifully, woodwork, do car and plumbing repairs, etc. A true sports buff. Hans was thrilled to attend the '94 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway with Nancy, and the '96 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, with both Kari and Nancy. Hans was the hardest workingman, often doing the work of three men. He was truly a perfectionist. He was totally dedicated to his family and career. After her near fatal car accident, Hans took Nancy to the hospital for wound care 3-4 times a week for 9 months. After her emergency surgery that followed, Hans was Nancy's total caregiver, lifting her from bed for nearly two months. Hans took excellent care of Kari. He never complained once. During his lifetime, Hans saved the lives of 3 people, including that of his daughter---one from drowning, one from a terrible fall, and one from choking. He was a true hero. Hans played soccer for the Bayer F.C. (Bavarian Soccer Club). He worked for several bakeries throughout Mild. Hans was co-owner of the former Purity Bakery. Hans worked as a baker, cake decorator, and later as a quality control supervisor for the old Crestwood Bakery (Sentry Food Store) for over 42 years. Lifetime member of Sons of Norway. Also survived by special friends Mabel and Al and his dear childhood friends in Norway, Kjell, Jomar, and Arve. The world was a better place with Hans in it. Our lives will NEVER be the same without him. We love him and miss him more than words can say. We will think of him constantly. Visitation at the Funeral Home, TODAY, Sun. July 6, 2-6 PM. Visitation also at ASCENSION LUTHERAN CHURCH, 1236 S. Layton Blvd, Monday, July 7, 2-3PM. Funeral Service 3 PM. If desired, memorials in Hans' name to Norway House, 7507 W. Oklahoma Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53219. "Truly an Angel Among Us" "Tusen, Tusen takk for alt, Hans"