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December 26, 1942 – January 20, 2023

Tana Barbara Pierson, age 80, of Mayer passed away on Friday, January 20, 2023 at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.

She was born on December 26, 1942 in Canby, Minnesota the daughter of William & Myrtle (Pederson) Kankerlik.

Following graduation from High School, Tana attended a two years course for Radiology/Lab Technician.

On June 16, 1962, Tana B. Kankerlik and Gary P. Pierson were joined in holy marriage.  God blessed their marriage with two sons.

Tana was employed for many years as a lab technician in several local hospitals.

She enjoyed golfing, bowling, horses and German shepherd dogs.   Tana was also an avid reader and watched sports and crime shows on T.V.  Tana and her husband Gary loved several years of enjoyment at their time shares at Breezy Point Resort in Brainerd MN and Mazatlan Mexico with friends.

Survived by a loving son: William “Bill” (Merri) Pierson; a daughter-in-law: Susan Kletscher; grandchildren: Morgan (Greg) Mathews, Devin (Mikayla) Pierson, Zachary Pierson and fiancé Loren Larson, Alexandra Pierson and special friend Wyatt Tesch, Brooke Pierson and Wyatt Pierson; other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by her husband Gary P. Pierson on March 27, 1997, a son James Pierson on November 30, 2016 and by her parents.

A Memorial Service for Tana Pierson will be held on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winsted.   Pastor Dave Hormann will officiate.   Vocalist for the service will be Bruce Gatz.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday morning, January 25th from 9:00 A.M. until time of services AT THE CHURCH.

Urn Bearer will be grandson Wyatt Pierson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Ridgeview Foundation or St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church-Winsted Building Fund


3 Guestbook Entries

  1. Cathy Neumann

    Tana and I had many morning conversations at work; when we were both in so early. She knew her stuff. She was always willing to help me and take time to discuss. One of my best memories of her was that she was so meticulous in her documentation, when her notebooks were mistakenly tossed out she could recreate them from her computer…I do not believe anyone else could have done that! She was kind and caring and spoke so gently about her children and grandchildren. My heartfelt sympathy to your family.

  2. Terry Guy

    I very much enjoyed sharing work experiences over the years with Tana. She had a unique and rational perspective on most things in life and of work. She was able to mix sarcasm and humor with the best.

  3. Linda Dornfeld & Mike Laxen

    Dear Bill, Merri and family, may your mother rest in peace and may you have comfort in many memories. Mike Laxen & Linda Dornfeld


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