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Barbara E. Hansen, age 85, of Traverse City, passed away Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 at the Grand Traverse Pavilions.
She was born in Glen Arbor to Roy Hanson and Ruth A.E. LaVance, moved and lived in Paris, Michigan, and graduated from Big Rapids High School in 1950.
Barb married John R. Hansen Sept. 24, 1953, moved to Lakeview and lived there 25 years.
She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, Lakeview, and president and other offices for several years.
Barb worked for U.S. Postal Service for 32 years, 16 in Lakeview as clerk, eight in Kent City as post master, eight in Grawn as post master and was a member of the National League of Post Masters for 16 years, serving five years as state treasurer and for several years attended national conventions from Boston to Hawaii. She retired June 30, 1996.
She loved working in the yard and garden, making quilts, traveling and sports (all Michigan teams).
She was a member of Grawn United Methodist Church and recently became Catholic through St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Traverse City.
Barb spent the last seven years at the Grand Traverse Pavilions, where she had many friends and loving care givers.
She is survived by daughter, Lisa (Walter) Schwall; grandsons, Kale (Mandy) Stevens, of Ionia, and Nathan (Katelyn) Stevens, of St. Louis, Missouri; brothers, Lynwood (Della) Hanson, of Paris, and Bill (Deb) Hanson, of Beaverton; and several great-grandchildren, Alexa Rae Reynolds, Abigail Ann Stevens, Kailee Alizabeth Stevens, Sarah June Stevens, Nolan J. Stevens, Alara Zade Stevens and soon, Tessa Stevens.
Barb was preceded in death by husband, John; daughter, Karen; grandson, Billy; parents, Roy and Ruth Hanson; and sister, Christine (Denny) Johansen.
A visitation for Barbara will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., with the rosary prayed at 7 p.m., at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. Visitation will also take place from 10 a.m. to noon at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. There will be a procession immediately following the visitation to Mt. Carmel Cemetery, where a graveside service will take place. A luncheon for friends and family will be held at the St. Mary Catholic Parish in Big Rapids following the graveside service.
The family asks that memorial contributions be directed to Parkinson's Network North, PO Box 5734, Traverse City, MI 49696.
Please share a memory with Barbara's family by visiting her tribute page found at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the family.
Published on September 23, 2017
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