Carol B. Hanson

 

Carol Billie Gemuenden Hanson died surrounded by her family on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Tampa, Fla., at the age of 82.

 Carol was proceeded in death by her husband Jon of Marinette, Wis., and sister Kathryn Timmer of Menominee, Mich.

She is survived by her sister Diane Wagner of Kewadin, Mich.; brother-in-law John Timmer of Grand Rapids, Mich.; daughters Carrie Hanson (Sam Gonzalez), Rachel Demitrios and Pamela Hanson; and seven grandchildren, Brandon, Broderic, Brevan, Nicholas, Drake, Ada and Alex.

Carol was born in Menominee, Mich., to William and Violet (Loomis) Gemuenden on Aug. 11, 1937.

Carol attended Lake Forest College and Lawrence University, where she graduated with bachelor of arts degrees in art history and biology.

She married Jon on June 22, 1957.

Carol was a brilliant, compassionate and fun-loving wife, mother and friend. She was quick to smile, easily remembered the names of new people she met and never hesitated to pick up the phone or reach out to others to help or simply to connect with friends and family.

Carol was also a creative soul who in her younger years painted, sculpted, sang in choirs and taught her children to sew, cook, garden, preserve foods and make a perfect bed. She cared for pets she did not particularly like and will be remembered by her daughters and grandchildren for her amazing back scratches.

Carol was also a smart and successful businesswoman and community leader. Carol worked for more than 30 years in real estate.

She served as vice president of the Mequon-Thiensville School Board.

Active in her church, Carol taught bible study until she become ill. Carol woke up every morning to do word puzzles, could name birds and trees and plants and played a mean game of bridge, chess and scrabble.         

We will remember her for laughing so hard during a family volleyball game that tears ran down our faces, or floating in any body of water because she loved the sun and the feeling of buoyancy, or dancing with her daughters. Carol will be deeply missed.

In light of the current pandemic, no services are planned.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Faith Presbyterian Church, Cape Coral, 4544 Coronado Parkway, Cape Coral, FL, or the COVID-19 Relief Fund through your local United Way.

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