Janet Chance Hanneman

May 20, 1954April 9, 2019

HANNEMAN, JANET CHANCE (Mason, MI) passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at the age of 64, after a brief illness. It is with great sadness that her family makes this announcement.

Janet was born in Detroit, MI on May 20, 1954 to Robert L. Chance and Margaret G. Chance. A native of Berkley, MI, Janet attended Michigan State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1977. Following graduation, Janet began her career with the State of Michigan Department of Transportation. While there, Janet was a founding board member and officer of the Society for Women in Transportation (SWT). The SWT gained credibility with Department management and helped improve the status, respect and security of women within the Department.

After two years working in transportation, she transitioned to the State of Michigan Public Service Commission where she held many positions over her 31-year tenancy including Manager of the Energy Policy Section. She directed much of the Commission’s electric policy research and coordinated the Commission’s intervention in electric cases before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Commission’s Congressional liaison efforts.

Throughout her career, Janet was very active with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). She held formal and informal leadership roles including: Chair, Transmission Working Group, Staff subcommittee on Electricity; Chair, Staff Subcommittee on Strategic Issues; Chair, Staff Subcommittee on Electricity.

After retiring from the State of Michigan, Janet brought her energy efficiency and legislative expertise to CLEAResult where she held the position of Senior Policy Advisor. At CLEAResult, Janet was a key member of a national energy policy team until her retirement in August of 2016.

In her personal life, Janet demonstrated her lifelong passion for animals by serving on the Ingham County Animal Control Shelter Advisory Board from 2003 to 2007. Over the years, she also enjoyed the companionship of her three dogs, Riley, Ginger, and Gofer, and cat, Smudge. Throughout her life, Janet combined her love for nature and traveling, taking three notable trips. First with her cousin Mary Ellen, Aunt Ethel and Uncle John Sellars to England and Scotland in 1979; next with her husband, William, to the Canadian Rocky Mountains in British Columbia and Alberta, including Banff and Jasper national parks in 1983 and 1984; and most recently with her husband and son to Alaska in 2012. Finally, she had notable loves of reading and for cheering on her son, Chris, during his soccer games for over 10 years.

Janet is survived by her husband of 39 years, William Hanneman; her son, Christopher Hanneman; her siblings, Robert Chance (Colleen) of Rolling Prairie, IN; Julia Gustafson (the late Brian) of Wooster, OH; John Chance of Oak Park, MI; sister-in-law Jane Bickerstaff (Dennis) of Perry, MI; and sister-in-law Carla Pitman (Gregg) of Holderness, NH. Janet will also be forever remembered by her nieces and nephews: Peter Gustafson (Margo), Lillian Pilasky (Matthew), Natalie Gustafson, Melissa Lindquist (Frank), Catherine Chance, Hannah O’Brien (Benjamin), Thomas Chance, Rosemarie Chance, Joseph Bickerstaff, Eric Bickerstaff, Nathan Bickerstaff, Travis Pitman (Pamela), and Emily Pitman. She will also be missed by her numerous cousins, extended family, and dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Robert Lewis Chance (2005) and Margaret Gelineau Chance (2012), father-in-law Carl Franz Hanneman (2007), mother-in-law Marcia Ann Hanneman (2018), and brother-in-law Brian Thomas Gustafson (2004).

A 10:00 A.M. visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 16, followed by a 11:00 A.M. memorial service at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, located at 1730 East Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI.

Memorial gifts may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17 Chicago, IL 60601 or the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001.


  • Memorial Visitation Tuesday, April 16, 2019
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Janet Chance Hanneman

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Janet Keating

April 16, 2019

Janet Chance Hanneman was my dearly loved niece, the daughter of my sister Margaret, who named her after me. I believe she was the oldest , or one of the oldest, of my parents' (Mark and Dora Gelineau) thirty grandchildren. Her bright eyes and ready smile, as well as her quick wit and keen sense of humor, endeared her to us all. She will continue to remain in my heart until we are are all reunited in our heavenly Home. Janet Gelineau Keating, Aunt Janet

Jeanne and Geoff Crandall

April 15, 2019

We've known Janet since the 1970's. I (Jeanne) worked at the DOT with Janet for a couple of years until I left to raise our family. After I left, we stayed in close touch, sharing dinners and conversation whenever we could. In the early 80's, she and I went on a train trip to Toronto for a long weekend of catching up, murder mystery dinner - and just an over-all good time. In the 90's, we moved to Wisconsin and Janet and I phoned each other on occasion and eventually started emailing. It's very sad to think that she is no longer with us. I'll always remember her as a warm and caring friend, and I send my deepest sympathies to her family.

I (Geoff) worked with Janet at the Public Service Commission for a number of years. We worked in the Division that worked with gas & electric utilities to promote energy efficiency. In the late 70's and early 80's the federal government passed several laws and our job was to help implement the new Federal initiatives. Janet was an excellent analyst and a very accomplished writer who was willing to take on the new challenges. She was responsible for and had a major role in developing the commercial and business energy efficiency program. She studied the new subject matter and went the extra mile by taking and passing the energy auditor examination. Our group had many tough assignments and strategy sessions and truly valued Janet's perspective, hard work, knowledge, professionalism and tenacity. She also became involved with NARUC and learned from the experiences of other Commissions around the country and brought that knowledge back to Michigan as well as sharing the lessons learned in Michigan. She enjoyed the broader perspective that NARUC provided which probably led to her going into the national consultant field when she retired from the State. I cannot believe Janet has passed away. We will miss her dearly.

Sharon Theroux

April 15, 2019

I worked with Janet for many years at the Michigan Public Service Commission, as well as, her time at Clearesult. She was always dedicated to her job and helpful to me in getting a project completed. Janet was a caring and generous person. She will be dearly missed.

Diane Barney

April 14, 2019

Janet was one of the nicest and hard working individuals in the energy industry. It was an honor to know her.