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  • Visitation:  10-11 a.m.  Saturday at the First Congregational Church, Stanton
  • Funeral:  11 a.m.  Saturday at church

Virginia M. Hansen-Gerberry, age 90, a long time Stanton resident, passed away Thursday morning, Jan. 29, 2009 at Margaret’s Meadows near Remus. The daughter of Lena (Biddle) and Charles Thurber, she was born on Sept. 26, 1918 in Detroit. A graduate of Lakeview High School, she married Frederick L. Hansen on Oct. 3, 1936 in Indiana.

Together they raised three children in addition to owning and operating Hansens Plumbing & Heating in Stanton, where Virginia was known to thread pipe as well as any man. Fred preceded her in death in 1984.

For over 50 years she was a member of the First Congregational Church and had been active in the Child Study group as well as the Holland Lake Golf Course ladies league. In retirement she enjoyed golfing and wintering in Florida.

On Valentines Day, 1987, she married Jack A. Gerberry, who preceded her in death on January 4th of this year. She was also preceded in death by her parents; her step-father, Odin Nielsen; two brothers, Lawrence Thurber and Charles Thurber, Jr.; an infant sister, Beatrice Nielsen; a son-in-law, Jerry J.D. Miller; and a stepson-in-law, Jack Gerberry.

Surviving are her children, Patricia A. Miller, Phyllis & Warren Wells, all of Stanton, and Lloyd & Judy Hansen of Williamsburg, Virginia; her step-children, Dr. Robert & Virginia Gerberry, and Carol & Tony DeAscentis, all of Ohio; her grandchildren, Scott & Barb Miller of Thompsonville, Mark Miller of Sidney, Angela & Joe Nalett of Potterville, Brian & Tisha Wells of Comstock Park, Tina & Scott Dozier of Cedar Park, Texas, Todd & Kylie Wells of Stanton, Erik Hansen of Lansing, Sharla Hansen of Lansing, and Christa & Adam Carnes of Corpus Christi, Texas; her great grandchildren, Carlton, Brandon, and Brianna Miller, Daniel J. and Serena Miller, Katlin Nalett, Amanda Wells, Alison and Jennifer Dozier, Devin Wells, Skyler and Hunter Hansen, Lily, Connor, and Sophie Carnes; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009 at the First Congregational Church, 305 N. Camburn Street, Stanton, where the family will receive relatives and friends from 10-11 a.m. 

Pastor Jamey Nichols will officiate with burial taking place privately at Forest Hill Cemetery, Stanton. Envelopes for memorial contributions to the First Congregational Church Piano Fund will be available at the church.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Virginias online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please click the “Sign Guest Book” link above.  The Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Greenville, is serving the family.


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  1. Anonymous on January 29, 2009 at 12:00 am


    02/02/2009 –

    Jim and Rozanna

    Dear Angela: Jim and I want to send our sympathy to you and your family with the passing of your Grandma. We’re sure very sorry to hear about her, but we know she is in Heaven now and a better place. Try to remember her with good memories- Take care. We miss you and Joe and Katlin –Will write again soon. Please let your Mom know we send sympathy too. Love, Rozanna and Jim

    01/30/2009 –

    Tom and Joyce Fritz

    To the family – we send our deepest sympathy to all the family in the death of your loved one. We’re sorry we can’t be there to give you a hug, but you are in our thoughts.
    Love, Tom and Joyce

    01/29/2009 –

    Jessie Voigts & Ed Forteau

    We are so sorry for your great, great loss. Please know that we are thinking of you all.

    01/29/2009 –

    Bryan Petersen

    I am very sorry for your loss.May God bless your family.

    01/29/2009 –

    Penny Barber

    I am sorry for the loss of your Mother,Grandmother. She had a big heart and Loved her family. Thinking of you.

    Catnerine Collins

    Traci Powell

    I was very happy that I came to Virginias service, it was beautiful. It was so nice to see how Virginia had a long and happy life full of love. The Virginia that I knew was the same as everyone else who loved her described. I have on many occasion been the recipient of her hugs and kisses and appreciated every minute of it. Also there has been many occasions where we would be walking together and she would hear some music and want to stop and dance together or she would shake her booty all by herself, a partner was liked, but not necessary. I am glad that i got to know your family and that we all spent the time together that we did.

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