OBITUARY

Mary Jane Hansel

June 1, 1929September 8, 2021
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Mary Jane passed away late Wednesday 9/8 after a brief illness at the Hospice of Dayton. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to Jasper (Jack) Byrge and Lou Ester (Rich) Byrge who moved there from East Tennessee.

Eventually, the family settled on a farm in Preble County, Ohio.

She was the oldest of 6 daughters including: Betty Springer(decd), Dorothy (Dot) Taiclet, Joan Johnson (decd), Jacqueline Barnes (decd), and Janice Francis. As the oldest daughter, she was expected to take a leadership role on the farm.

She graduated from Stewart High School in Oxford, Ohio where she met her high school sweetheart, James (Jim) Hansel whom she would marry in 1948.

While Jim was enlisted in the United States Air Force, Mary Jane worked on base as a secretary in Middletown, PA. where her oldest son Jeff was born.

After Jim served in the Air Force they would move to Hamilton, Ohio where she would work in the lab at Pillsbury. While in Hamilton, son Tim and daughter Jill were born.

Mary Jane was a strong believer in education and after moving to Kettering, Ohio in 1963 she attended and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from University of Dayton followed by a Master’s from Wright State University. She was the first of her family to graduate from college at a time when most moms didn’t go back to school.

Mary Jane was a dedicated teacher at C. F. Holiday elementary school in West Carrolton, Oh where she taught 6th grade for 27 years. Her drive to encourage students to reach their full potential made her a favorite teacher to hundreds of students.

After retiring from teaching, Jim and Mary Jane would retire to a hobby farm outside Springboro where she amazed family and friends with her incredible gardening skills. Mary Jane enjoyed history and genealogy and researched the family tree back hundreds of years. She was a member of the Springboro United Methodist Church for 35 years and was active in the choir and a liturgist.

She was a member of The Daughters of the American Revolution and the Daughters of Union Veterans. She is survived by sons Jeff Hansel(Julie) of Rabbit Hash, KY, Tim Hansel of St. Marys, OH and daughter Jill Erwin of Deming, NM.

She also is survived by granddaughters Heidi Hansel Dunn of Independence, KY and Chelsea (Erwin) Waugh of Xenia, OH and great grandchildren Rubie Waugh and Sutton Waugh and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mary Jane was an inspiration to all with her tireless drive and care of others. She loved her faith, her family and her country.

Visitation will take place on Monday September 13, 2021 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Anderson Funeral Home, 40 N. Main Street, Springboro, OH 45066. Funeral service will be on Tuesday September 14, 2021 at 10:00 AM with Pastor Joe Royer officiating. Burial will take place at Springboro Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mary Jane’s name to: Hospice of Dayton, American Cancer Society, or a charity of your choosing.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.anderson-fh.com for the Hansel family

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, September 13, 2021

  • Funeral

    Tuesday, September 14, 2021

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Mariel Pesavento

September 13, 2021

I met Mary Jane at Springboro UMC and we soon realized we shared a connection to Otterbein St. Mary's. My mother resided there as did her good friend, Kurt. Whenever Mary Jane visited with Kurt, they would almost always go over and see my mother, too. Heaven has gained a "good one" and I know that both Kurt and my mom (among many others) have welcomed her with open arms. I send my deepest condolences to the family in your loss and pray that you will feel God's comfort and healing.

martha rutherford

September 12, 2021

My heart is so heavy. Iwill miss your great smile and always positive attitude. One of the best encouragers, always an uplifting story to relate. . I wil always carry you in a special place in my heart.
.my prayers to Jeff, Jill, and Tim and JIM. Martha Rutherford

Edward Daniel

September 12, 2021

We send our sympathy on the death of Mary Jane. What a beautiful person...such a great smile. We will miss her. Truly Ed and Linda Daniel

Ted Kuchta

September 12, 2021

Hi Jim and the entire Hansel family,
We want to extend our deepest sympathy on the loss of Mary Jane. She was such a great supporter of the Model A Club and such a pleasant and loving lady. May all your fond memories together help you through the dark and sad moments.
In sympathy,
Ted and Peggie Kuchta

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