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  • Visitation:  6-8 p.m.  Monday at the funeral home
  • Funeral:  11:00 a.m.  Tuesday at St. Charles Catholic Church

Mr. Joseph Norton Hansen, age 85, of Greenville, passed away Friday morning, Feb. 2, 2007 under the loving care of his family and Hospice. The son of Alik & Helene M. (Norton) Hansen, he was born on March 23, 1921 in Cedar Springs. A veteran of World War II, Joe proudly served as a Technical Sergeant with the U.S. Army Signal Corps in the European theatre and was a life member of the Ray I. Booth American Legion Post 101 in Greenville. After returning home from the war, he married Hazel Marguerite Smith on May 23, 1947 at the parsonage of the First Congregational Church in Greenville. He retired from the former Gibson Refrigerator Company as a superintendent after nearly 40 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, James Hansen; a sister, Mary J. VanHoose; a brother-in-law, Jack VanHoose; and a sister-in-law, Betty Hansen. Surviving are his wife of almost 60 years, Hazel M. Hansen of Greenville; their children, Thomas Hansen of Midland, and Cindy Hansen of Atlanta, Georgia; four grandchildren, Joseph & Tina Hansen, Jacob Hansen, James & Laura Hansen, and Madeleine Hansen McSwain; five great grandchildren, Taylor Hansen, Alek Hansen, Victoria Hansen, Sophia Hansen, and Thomas Hansen; special family friend, Sharon McSwain; and several nieces and nephews.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007 at St. Charles Catholic Church, Greenville, with Father Phil Salmonowicz presiding. Military honors, rendered by the Ray I. Booth American Legion Post 101, will follow, with burial taking place privately at Rest Haven Memory Gardens, Belding. Visitation is Monday from 6-8 p.m. at the Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, with a vigil service beginning at 8:00 p.m. Envelopes for memorial contributions to either St. Charles Catholic Church or the American Lung Association will be available at the funeral home. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Joes online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, click the “Sign Guest Book” link above.


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