Alpha "Lolly" Lorraine Hann
June 20, 1927 – January 18, 2019
Alpha (Lolly) Lorraine Hann passed away peacefully in her sleep at Ashley Manor early January 18, 2019. She was born June 20, 1927 In Kensington, Minnesota to Albert and Lillian Flaaten. She graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, later moving to Twin Falls where she began her teaching career and where she met Ralph Hann whom she married in 1952. Ralph and Lolly were active, life-long members of Immanuel Lutheran Church. She taught English at Twin Falls High. She taught English at Twin Falls High School from 1963 until 1990.
She was preceded in death by her husband Ralph, in 2010; by a sister, Marilyn, who died in infancy; and by both her parents. She is survived by her brother, Lloyd Flaaten of Kensington, Minnesota; two daughters, Gail (Steve) Kohntopp of Filer and Robin (Rick) Burke of Meridian; grandchildren Andrea Burke and Shaun Burke of Meridian; Kirsten Victor of Boise; one great-granddaughter, Astrid Ellis of Boise; and nieces and nephews.
Lolly was devoted to excellence in whatever she set her mind to accomplish. She was a devoted teacher who gained a reputation as a no-nonsense English teacher who expected top effort in her students. Yet she was kind and compassionate beneath the tough façade. Lolly also loved gardening, and she loved flowers—especially iris. She was a member of the Iris Guild for many years and experienced emotions between deep sorrow and anger when she realized that she was unable to continue caring for her much-loved iris patch. Their garden eventually expanded to fill a substantial chunk of their nearly one-acre property, and they worked long summer hours to keep it and their yard mostly weed-free and beautiful.
Lolly was an incredibly humble person who never wanted to draw even the slightest attention to herself—even asking several years ago for no obituary. Her request was acknowledged but not exactly promised, so this is more of a remembrance than an obituary regardless of which page in the newspaper it appears. In keeping, she kept beautiful oil paintings she had created hidden in a chest—not discovered until recently.
Her love of learning went far beyond just teaching. She knew the importance of—and took part in—numerous Bible studies throughout her life; she was also intrigued with languages and studied Latin, Spanish, and eventually Norwegian. Hearing Norwegian and Swedish spoken in her childhood home enabled her to more easily read and study those languages. Lolly looked deeply into her Scandinavian heritage, and for that reason tried brushing up on Norwegian in order to write to relatives in Norway. Lolly also encouraged her daughters and grandchildren to further their education in whatever way that might be. She had been a member of Sons of Norway, After-Five Christian Women’s Club, and National Council of Teachers of English as well as other organizations throughout the years.
A couple years after Ralph’s death, dementia invaded Lolly’s mind, and the horrid disease slowly drained the person everyone had known until she simply was no longer the person she had been.
Services will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2055 Filer Ave. E. in Twin Falls on Saturday, January 26 at 11:00 AM with a graveside service immediately following. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Immanuel Lutheran Church or school. Condolences can be left at Whitemortuary.com.
Immanuel Lutheran Church or School
2055 Filer Ave East , Twin Falls, Idaho
- Funeral Service Saturday, January 26, 2019
- Graveside Service Saturday, January 26, 2019
Alpha "Lolly" Lorraine Hann
January 26, 2019
I just wanted to tell the family of Lolly Hann what a lovely lady she was. Although we taught in different departments at the high school and I only knew her casually, she was always so nice and caring whenever I would have an encounter with her. Sorry to hear about her battle with dementia at the end of her life.
January 25, 2019
So sorry for your loss. She was my sophomore English teacher in 70'-71' . She was a great teacher and was always very prepared and professional. She was very reserved and could give you a great teacher look which I deservedly got a bunch, but I also got her to laugh a few times. She also taught me the basics/mysteries of term papers which got me through college work. She also inspired me to study those darn Friday spelling tests!
January 23, 2019
Dear Hann Family,
I'm sorry for the loss of your mother/grandmother and loved reading her obituary in today's paper. Mrs. Hann was my sophomore ('66/67) English teacher at Twin Falls High School. You were right that she was a very demanding, challenging teacher, and I can still remember her classroom at the end of D Hall. Searching my memory, I think we read Silas Marner by George Elliot that year which ended up being one of my favorite pieces of literature in high school. (Though, I did hate her weekly spelling tests...I always had issues with spelling).
That being said, ironically, I became an English teacher; after six years at O'Leary, I came to TFHS in 1988 and was fortunate to be her colleague in the English department until she retired. It is such a surreal experience to get to know/work along side a former teacher. I learned so much about her, and her love of gardening & iris were inspiring. I will never forget the end of the year luncheon we had in the cafeteria. The first thing I noticed when I walked in were the centerpieces of the most beautiful iris gracing the tables. Being a novice gardener, I had a yellow iris, but nothing like Mrs. Hann's. I remember visiting with her quite a bit about the growing of this beautiful flower, and later in the summer, she showed up at my house with two starts from her garden. The delicate blue and white one still blooms every spring, and it always makes me think of her. I would occasionally run into her at the iris society sale, but it's been many years since I last saw her.
I loved her obituary-the stories, the humor; I learned many lovely things about her. I'm sure she's looking down and giving you that "English Teacher" look since you went ahead and sent it to the paper. She was a wonderful teacher, good person, and sounds like a loving mother and grandmother.
January 23, 2019
Your mother was my English teacher at TFHS my junior year-1966. I never forgot her and always had and will continue to have fond memories of her. I remember for each holiday, she would read a poem in remembrance. She taught grammar in an easy to understand way and took the mystery out of term papers! May your sweet memories of her sustain you.
January 23, 2019
Dear Robin, so sorry for your loss. It is very very tough to lose our patents.