Toby Hanson

August 23, 1939June 24, 2021

Toby Lynn Hanson went to be with her Lord after an extended battle with cancer on June 24, 2021. She was born August 23, 1939 to Paul Sauers and Donna Sauers-Besko; both are deceased.

She is lovingly remembered by her husband, William (Bill) Hanson; her four surviving children Kelli (Kevin)Matteson, Holly (Michael) Trubiroha, Michael (Candi) Hanson, and Heidi Hanson-Maier. She is also survived by siblings Monte Sauers, Dennis (Barbara) Sauers, Sonja (Mark) Latz, and Dirk (Kay) Besko. She has 13 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren (one deceased), and two great-great-grandchildren.

Her love for the Lord came in a senior high school trip to New York in 1957. She went to the Billy Graham Madison Square Garden Crusade and committed her life to Christ at this time. A dear classmate friend, Joan Richardson Hunt, encouraged her to see Billy Graham instead of going to a nightclub. This event would change her life forever.

She married Bill on March 15, 1958; they lived in Lake Odessa and later moved to Clarksville. They attended the Clarksville Bible Church and received discipleship and guidance from Pastor Don and Betty Jo Mathis. Toby grew in her faith and was a strong influence in Bill coming to know the Lord in 1964. Later in 1967, his job brought them to Wayland. Here they attended and served in Calvary Church of Wayland. Toby worked at Town and Country and Sandy Creek Nursing Home where she and Bill encouraged and ministered to the elderly.

Her great joys in life were her family, studying her Bible and memorizing scripture, baking (especially her cookies), writing notes of encouragement, and all things domestic. She made each person in her life feel important and loved. She had the gift of making every house a home for her family. She will be greatly missed!

Friends and family are invited to join in a celebration of Toby's life on Saturday, July 10 at Calvary Church of Wayland, 304 S. Main St., Wayland, MI 49348 at 11:00 a.m. There will be a visitation one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be given to Wings of Hope Hospice in Allegan, MI at or Calvary Church of Wayland at

Isaiah 41:10: "Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand."


  • Visitation

    Saturday, July 10, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, July 10, 2021


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June 28, 2021

Sending my prayers and condolences to the whole family! this lady was the sweetest person and best sunday school teacher/helper, although i haven't seen her in eons, she's leaves a big impression on my youth years. my favorite quote she gave a few of us in a class room in the old house by the church was talking about something that had to do with a bra and she didn't say bra, but called it an OVER THE SHOULDER BOULDER HOLDER! LOL
NEVER FORGET. hugs and love all!

Joni Sauers

June 28, 2021

To Aunt Toby's family...I am so very sorry for your loss! Toby was a beautiful, kind and very funny soul. I was always happy to see her and hold many fond memories. May you find comfort in your memories and her legacy of Love 💜

Chris Taylor

June 27, 2021

Her quiet smile and soft encouragement always made me smile

Cheryl Osbon

June 27, 2021

So very sorry for your loss. She was an incredible lady, loved by so many. You’re all in my thoughts and prayers.

Paul & Mary Baumgart

June 27, 2021

So very sorry for your loss Kelli and family. Lifting your hearts in prayer. May God’s grace bring you all peace and comfort.

Walt & Alflen

June 26, 2021

Our deepest sympathy to the Hanson Family with the loss of their beloved wife and mother! May she now be at peace in the arms of her Lord and Savior.
Walt and Helen Alflen

Delores DeHamer

June 26, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. My heart is hurting for myself, but I am happy that Toby is now with the Lord and free from pain and suffering. I love you Toby and will remember what a dear friend you have been to me.

Carol Levandoski

June 25, 2021

I remember Toby as a volunteer at the food pantry when I worked there. She was always such a kind and gentle lady and I felt relaxed in her presence.
I'm sorry for your loss Holly and Mike. May she rest in peace at Jesus feet.

Jim and Shirley Graham

June 25, 2021

Our thoughts are with all your family. Toby and Bill were great next door neighbors. I looked up to and respected them both. Toby was a good friend to Shirley when they worked at Town and Country. I know you will cherish all your memories of your fantastic Mother

Shelley Jager-Ladd

June 25, 2021

So very sorry for your loss. Toby was the kindest lady. Her smile could light up a room. The bible says to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.