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Coleen Marie Hanson

July 10, 1971September 12, 2015
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Coleen Marie Hanson, passed away on September 12, 2015 at the age of 44.

Coleen was a beloved daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. She is survived by her parents Jan and John Hanson Jr.; brothers Mike (Tina), Jon (Karen); nephews and nieces, Cole, Ava, Matthew, and Lorelei. Coleen was a beautiful and caring woman. She had a passion for bunnies, religious studies, and learning different languages.

A Celebration of Coleen's Life will be held on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Denver. Parking can be found at 19th and Broadway. Coleen will be laid to rest at Olinger Mount Lindo Cemetery in Morrison, Colorado.

Coleen was avid about a few causes. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to either the House Rabbit Society (http://www.rabbit.org/) or the Wounded Warrior Project (http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/).

Services

  • Celebration of Coleen's Life

    Sunday, October 4, 2015

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Mr. Ron Bialkowski

November 20, 2021

I attended graduate school at UC Berkeley in History with Coleen. She was brilliant, intense, and deeply engaged with the world of ideas. To my colleagues I was an acquaintance , but I considered Coleen one of my few friends from those years. Conversations with Coleen were such a great consolation in graduate school--it meant a great deal to talk about life and not shop. It truly grieves me to hear of her passing.

Mike Cunningham

January 8, 2016

I went to high school with Coleen, where we sang in the same choir. She was brilliant, talented, and funny. She made concerts, trips, and other events even more memorable. I am so sorry to hear of her passing.

Randy Hayes

October 14, 2015

I didn't know Coleen all that well. I met her through the House Rabbit Society LinkedIn group. She was very passionate about bunnies and educating others about bunnies. That's rare in people. I host a bunny themed podcast and she was set up to be my guest. I hadn't heard from her and when I went to message her when I saw the news of her passing. Her last message to me was congratulating me on my wedding and looking forward to the podcast. I wanted to show off her awesome work with bunnies to my audience. Still saddens me to this day that I didn't get to show more people her amazing work with bunnies. She deserved to be publicly acknowledged for her work with bunnies. To all her friends and family, my condolences go out to you.

Michael G. Batcho

October 3, 2015

I met and became "Facebook Friend" with Coleen on Facebook . . . her postings and comments always brought a joy . . . I looked forward to seeing and reading her ad commenting back with her . . . and i'm now reminded of a line from an old James Taylor song FIRE AND RAIN . . . "but I always thought that i'd see you one more time again . . . " my prayers are for her family experiencing her loss . . . but as Saint John Chrysostom once wrote: "those we love and lose move to another place . .thy move even closer . . . because now they live in your heart." and now you can speak to Coleen without needing a phone, or internet . . just a prayer and she hears you and I there with you. as we sing in the Eastern Church: "Vichnaya Pamyat" - Eternal Memory.

October 1, 2015

I am so heartbroken for you in the passing of your beautiful daughter Coleen and want you to know you're in my heart and prayers.

Charlene Westerberg Hodges

Thuy Vy

September 29, 2015

She was a smart beautiful lady!

Phyllis Tenney

September 27, 2015

I met Coleen at the House Rabbit Society when I adopted my first bun. She didn't live far from me in Berkeley and I visited her and her spunky dwarfs often. Coleen gave me sound advise and help when my bun seemed ill. We went to see "Medea" at UC Berkeley put on by the Abbey Theater Group from Dublin. Afterward I went outside and cried. I think she thought that was a bit much but never said so. I was happy to reconnect with her on Facebook and was impressed with her intellect and her spirituality. Her absence is felt.

Her family and loved ones are in my prayers. May she rest ever in peace.

SANDY LONGENBACH

September 26, 2015

MY CONDOLENCES TO COLEEN'S FAMILY. SHE WAS A REGULAR ON FACEBOOK WITH HER LOVE FOR HER BUNNIES. I COULD TELL SHE WAS A PERSON OF GOOD HONOR AND QUALITY. GOD BLESS FOR SHE IS WITH ALL OUR LOST BUNS..

Sunje Schwarz

September 26, 2015

Coleen was a dear friend and a fellow activist for house rabbits. She was an amazing and very intelligent person. Ruhe in Frieden. Wir werden Dich und Deinen Enthusiasms sehr vermissen. Until we meet again, my friend.

Susan Smith

September 25, 2015

Coleen was very dear to my heart. I met her many years ago when I worked at the Rabbit Shelter in Richmond Ca. She worked at UC Berkeley and came to the Shelter and volunteered many days a week. We became very close. My life at the time was not healthy/good (?) Coleen was my lifeline. I visited her in her apartment that I loved ( so 1930's) and it was a safe haven for me visiting and sometimes staying with her and her bunnies. She always seemed to have ornery bunnies!
We had a falling out though, my fault, and didn't talk for years. When I moved to Missouri and a new life, she contacted me and we became fast friends again. I felt that this time I was sometimes a solace for her. I loved all her emails even though I couldn't read a lot of them. Coleen was quite a Scholar and knew many languages and her posts were quite often ..... not in English. I admired her so she worked in old book departments. I mean OLD antique books. And travelled the world.
I always thought when I flew to CA again I would stay over in Denver to visit my dear friend Coleen. Now I will never feel that warm hug I know I would have gotten from her. I miss you very much Coleen even though I haven't seen you in about 13+ years.
But we will see each other again someday both surrounded by many critters.
I love you Coleen

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