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Hazel Marguerite Hansen, age 88, of Greenville, passed away Saturday morning, March 31, 2012 at Spectrum Health-Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. The daughter of Edward Charles & Lena Maude (Cramer) Smith, she was born on Nov. 20, 1923 in Belding.

Following her graduation from Greenville High School in 1942, she worked at the former Gibson Refrigerator Company helping build gliders for the war effort. On May 23, 1947, she married Joseph Norton Hansen at the parsonage of the First Congregational Church in Greenville. Together they enjoyed almost 60 years of marriage and raised two children. After her children were older, Hazel worked part-time at the downtown J.C. Penney store and later returned to full-time at Gibson’s, retiring at the age of 62.

Hazel was very proud of her Native American heritage and was an elder in the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians… participating in a variety of tribal activities. She was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church, and enjoyed basket weaving, gardening, and garage sales.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joseph N. Hansen on Feb. 2, 2007; and by their son, Thomas Joseph Hansen on April 4, 2011; and seven brothers and sisters, Glenn Gould, Helen Gould, Dale Gould, Gertrude Wood, George Gould, Chuck Smith, and Evelyn Smith.

Surviving are her daughter, Cindy Hansen of Ormond Beach, Fla.; a sister, Mabel Gender of Lansing; a brother, Capt. Lou Smith of Huntington Beach, Calf. grandchildren, Joseph & Tina Hansen of Knoxville, Tennessee, Jacob Hansen of Midland, James Hansen of Alma, and Madeleline Hansen McSwain of Ormond Beach, Fla.; five great grandchildren, Taylor Hansen, Alek Hansen, Victoria Hansen, Sophia Hansen, and Thomas Hansen; special family friend, Sharon McSwain of Ormond Beach, Fla.; and nieces and nephews, Terri & Scott Luce, Jill & Marty Engel, Nancy Gender, Sharon & David McCabe, Donna Schaible, and Tim & Lynn Smith.

Visitation is Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Christiansen Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, with the vigil service beginning at 8:00 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at St. Charles Catholic Church, Greenville, with Father Michael F. Cilibraise presiding. Burial will take place privately at Rest Haven Memory Gardens, Belding.

Envelopes for memorial contributions to either St. Charles Catholic Church or the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians will be available at the funeral home. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Hazel’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:


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  1. Anonymous on March 31, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Jane Greene

    I loved hearing about your mom from you. You were blessed with such wonderful parents. Keep all the terrific thoughts you are feeling about your mom. She lived a long and good life.

    Love, Jane


    Duane and Kathy Decker

    Hazels smile and sure enjoyment of life will be greatly missed. We send our thoughts and prayers to Cindy, Madeleline and Sharon may you be conforted in this difficult time.

    Duane and Kathy Decker


    Tara Rickle

    To the family, Meeting Hazel and Joe when we moved to this neighborhood ensured me that we had made a good decision to raise our kids on Sunnyside Court. Always full of life and smiling they both were! We have enjoyed having them as neighbors, they will be greatly missed! I’m sure they are together in the afterlife. I imagine Joe taking her by the hand and holding her tightly and dancing with her for eternity. Although it hurts here, I’m sure they are glad to be back in each others arms. Our thoughts are with you all. Much love, Tara, Matt, Cameron, and Eris


    Max & Shirley Hunsicker


    We are very sorry to hear about Hazel. We have many fond memories of her having grown up with you and Tom. She and Joe never missed a baseball game. She was a beautiful person.


    nancy Gender

    Hazel was my favorite aunt. I had so much fun with her & her family thru out the yrs. They were my second family. with lots of love. She will be in my heart forever. I LOVE YOU AUNT HAZEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Judy Petersen Reusser

    I have great memories of Hazel, as a neighbor of my aunt and uncle, Lil & Vern Sewell. She was always so much fun playing cards and on the golf course.


    Krista and James Byer

    You all are in our thoughts and prayers. We were truely blessed to have Hazel as our neighbor. We will miss her stories and friendship. As much as we miss her, we find comfort in knowing that she is finally with Joe again.


    David & Sharon McCabe

    Cousin Cindy your mother was one of Gods best people, an Aunt that will never be forgotten. Loved and a very kind person we will miss her muchly. RIP Aunt Hazel we love you….Sharon & Dave


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