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Lakeshore Memorial Services

11939 James Street, Holland, MI

OBITUARY

Deanna Marie Hansen

September 11, 1948August 9, 2019

Deanna Marie (Burke) Hansen, age 70, of Spring Lake, MI, formerly of Holland, MI, passed away on August 9, 2019, after suffering an unexpected heart attack mid-July.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael Arthur Hansen, in 2000. She is survived by her parents, Patricia and Walter Burke, her sisters Pamela Burke, Deborah (Mark) Leonard, Sandra (David) Slowey, Rebecca Burke, Heidi (Ottis) Foster, Martha (Harold) Burrell, brother-in-law Herbert Hansen, three children Benjamin (Katheryn) Hansen, Jonathan (Lindsea) Hansen, and Bethany (Jayson) Hansen Dubuc, as well as her much-loved grandchildren, Emma, Peter, Nora, and David, and many nieces and nephews, and her precious puppy, Precious.

Deanna was born on September 11, 1948, to Patricia and Walter Burke in Addison, Michigan. She was the eldest of seven daughters, and as such, took her role seriously as “mother’s helper”. As a child, she loved reading, church activities, playing on the farm, riding her stubborn Shetland pony, Dynamite, and participating in 4-H and Girl Scouts. In high school she was a Youth for Understanding exchange student to Sweden and enjoyed staying in touch with her host family, as well as numerous family exchange students. After graduating from Addison High School in 1966, Deanna left her hometown and moved to Holland, MI to attend Hope College. At Hope she majored in Elementary Education. It was also where she met Michael Hansen, a handsome physics major and the two hit it off. They were married June 20, 1971, in a beautiful outdoor ceremony on the shores of Lake Michigan at the historic Getz Farm.

After graduating from Hope College in 1970, Deanna was excited to begin her first teaching job at Muskegon Heights Public Schools, teaching kindergarteners and second graders for ten years at Martin Luther King Elementary. As a young couple, Deanna and Michael traveled often and far. When their children came along, she then took a break from teaching to be a full-time mother, a job she cherished. She raised their three children and for many years cared for Michael through a very long illness. Through all of this she was strong, compassionate, and always put others first. After Michael became ill, Deanna went back to work as a librarian, and then as a teacher, for Rose Park Elementary of the Holland Christian School District in Holland, MI, the school where her children attended. Always a lover of books, she went back to school and earned her Master’s Degree in Education and Library Science from Wayne State University. Deanna worked at Rose Park Christian Elementary School for three decades and taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades before eventually retiring in 2012. Her passion for literacy and education, and her genuine love for each and every one of her students was always evident. After her retirement, Deanna used her newfound free time to care for and enrich the lives of her parents, sisters, children, and grandchildren. Deanna was well loved and her positive energy and enthusiasm for life will be remembered not only by her friends and family, but also by her community and by the hundreds of students whose lives she touched over her four decades of teaching. She will be cremated and buried next to Michael in Holland, MI. A private family celebration of her life will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to your local public library.

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Services

  • A private family celebration of her life will take place at a later date.

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Kevin Bolenbaugh

August 18, 2019

Burke& Hansen Family, thinking of you all at your time of loss & sorrow. I was friends w Swede & grew up not far from your farm, on Brooks Rd. Use to ride your horse Dolly. Good times remembered.
Sincerely Kevin M Bolenbaugh. Class of ‘75
When thinking of Dolly, due to Swedes accent , thought her name was dollar.Dolly not me once, I tried to bite her back, her bite just me worse then my attempt to bite her, I’m sure.
I too had a stubborn Shetland pony, named Candy.She would beat Jane Lanes& Janice Moss’s horses.
P.s. Dolly and I forgave ea. Other& were best of friends!

Max Lokers

August 16, 2019

Ben, Jonathon, and Bethany,
I always enjoyed having your Mom bring you in to see me when
you were growing up, and I can picture all three of you in
those various stages.
I’m sad that you lost her at what seems to me to be too young an age. Please accept my sincere condolences. I’ll miss her.
Max

Cathy Green

August 15, 2019

What a shock to hear this news! I always enjoyed Deanna’s smile, joy, and upbeat attitude. She will be missed by so many. I’m thinking of her dear children, grandchildren, and Deb and other siblings and parents. Sad news for all.

Dean Baker

August 15, 2019

Deanna, I assumed we had more time.

Reading this brings many good memories – I enjoyed participating in so many of these! Too many to write, but amongst the fondest are the times she stayed with me in Detroit while working towards her master’s in library science. I looked forward to every weekend she was there. It was, in a word, fun.

She knew the importance of saying goodbye. Always generous, her last words I have were the weekend before, as she was leaving, saying, “how lucky she is to have cousins like us”!

Debbie White

August 13, 2019

Deanna, I know you are in a beautiful place but will be so sadly missed by your family. I love your family history you leave behind but not forgotten. God bless and prayers for your family. Debbie (Rathbun) White

Sue McClung

August 13, 2019

So very sorry to hear of Deanna's passing. My heart and prayers go out to her children and all of the Burke family.
Sue (Brown) McClung

Willa Beckman

August 13, 2019

Deanna was a gem clearly evidenced in her smile that filled her face-her eyes even smiled - and her genuine love for people. Observing in her classroom was like watching a master at play. People were her passion, and her children the loves of her life. She leaves a great legacy to carry on.

Suzanna King

August 13, 2019

Deanna recently moved into our neighborhood and we were just getting to know her. She was looking forward to this stage of life, especially spending time with her grandchildren. She would wave from her car and she drove by with grandchildren in the back seat on their way to get ice cream . Always smiling. Deanna, you will be missed. Rest in peace.

Jim Driskill

August 12, 2019

Walter, Pat, and Burke sisters I am saddened and shocked to learn of Deanna’s passing, my heartfelt sympathy. A women from the first time I met her, you instantly liked and knew she loved people and life.
Have fond memories of this truly special lady!

Cynthia Binns

August 12, 2019

I will remember Deanna as a sweet and happy person. Deanna and my sister Barb Bowman-Skinner we’re always best of friends. Deanna always called me by my childhood nickname of Cynie. It is ironic that Barb is very ill at this time as well. She has had a stroke and a tumor removed from her brain that was cancerous. I will continue to pray for Deanna and the Burke family whom I’m sure are saddened at this time of her passing. Please accept my condolences, and may peace be with you all.

FROM THE FAMILY