Monday, August 31, 2009

Eugene W. Hansen

Eugene (Gene) W. Hansen, 77, passed away unexpectedly in the Emergency Room of Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center on Monday, August 31, 2009.

Gene was born on September 6, 1931, to the late Walter M. and Catherine G. (nee: Gizinski) Hansen. He received his education from St. John Nepomuk Grade School “Class of 1945”; St. Catherine’s High School “Class of 1949”; and Spencerian College – Accounting Degree “Class of 1957.” He faithfully served our country with the United States Army during the Korean War from January 21, 1952 – January 20, 1954.

On February 1, 1958, at St. Rose Catholic Church, he was united in marriage with the love of his life, Margery “Marge” A. (nee: Peil). Gene was employed by Modine Manufacturing for over 35 years, retiring as an accounting manager on April 29, 1994.

With a profound Catholic faith, he was a devoted member of St. Lucy Catholic Church, where he was extremely active in both – church and school. Gene was also a member of the Modine 20-Year Club and the American Legion. Among his interests, he enjoyed fishing, golfing, investing and playing cards. Above all, Gene loved and cherished being in the midst of his entire family.

Surviving are his loving wife of over 51 years, Marge; children, Lynn (Ron) Vokes of Racine, Diane (James) Nelsen of Racine, Rev. Fr. Stephen Hansen of Lexington, MO, Gail (Scott) Harmann of Racine, Patrick (Laurel) Hansen of Mukwonago, Karen Hansen of Racine and Craig Hansen of Racine; grandchildren, Rebecca and Rachel Gomez, Christopher Vokes, Jennifer (Michael) Small, Erin, Kevin and Kurtis Nelsen, Alex and Kyle Harmann, James and Catherine Hansen; and Austin Hansen; great-granddaughter, Alyson Small; brother, Lawrence Hansen; sisters, Ruth (Raymond) Organ, Dorothy (James) Kober, all of Racine; and Kathleen (Robert) Teska of Woodruff; brother-in-law, William (Jean) Kaisler; sister-in-law, Maryellen (Richard) Hable of Yelm, WA; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends too numerous to mention by name.

In addition to his parents, his sisters, Lorraine Kaisler and Margaret Marsh, brother-in-law, Clark Marsh and sister-in-law, Alice Hansen, preceded Gene in death.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, September 5, 2009, at 10 a.m. in St. Lucy Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Ave., with Gene’s son, Rev. Fr. Stephen E. Hansen, officiating. Interment, with military honors, will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Friday from 5 – 7:30 p.m. with a Prayer Vigil being offered at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a visitation in the church on Saturday from 9-10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Catherine’s High School, St. Lucy’s Catholic Church or to the American Cancer Society have been suggested.

A heartfelt note of thanks to Rev. Fr. Mark Jones, Dr. Richard Clark, Dr. Michael Mullane and staff, Dr. Michael Lankiewicz, Rev. Fr. Martin and the All Saints Medical Center - Wheaton Franciscan staff for the compassionate care and support during the past five years. May God bless all of you!

Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home & Crematory
4600 County Line Rd., Racine 262-552-9000

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