Jessie Robertson Hanson

June 4, 1913May 5, 2013

Jessie Robertson Hanson, age 99, departed this life on Sunday, May 5, 2013, At NHC Healthcare in Johnson City. She was born on June 4, 1914 in a California, PA, where she grew up. During WWII She worked as a “Rosie the Riveter” in Akron, OH. Following the untimely death of her first husband, she returned to Pennsylvania, attended Slippery Rock University and Penn State University, earning a masters degree in physical education. She taught physical education at Meadville High School, Meadville, PA, for thirty years. After retiring, she resided in Ft. Myers, FL, and in 2001, moved to Johnson City. She traveled extensively and loved her nieces and nephews and their children. She attended Westminster Presbyterian Church. Jessie was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert Becker; son, Robbie Becker; her second husband, William C. Hanson, beloved swim coach at Allegheny College in Meadville; a sister, Mary R. Straka and two brothers: Alexander and Robert Robertson. She is survived by her niece and husband, Jean and Charles Barnes, her great nephew, Charles E. “Curt” Barnes, wife Beth, and children David, Megan, and Luke, of Johnson City, great niece, Karen B. Oakes, husband Craig, and children, Emily, and Trevor of Suwanee, GA. The family wishes to extend special thanks to CNAs Wendy, Sharon, Amanda and Kelly and nurses Alicia, Judy and Amanda on station 2 at NHC for their loving care and concern, to Caris Healthcare, and also to Alena Haynes and staff at Colonial Hill Retirement Center where Jessie resided for several years. Thank you for the support of friends at Westminster Presbyterian Church. A memorial service will be held at a soon-to-be-specified time. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Special Olympics or Easter Seals. Please visit to leave a condolence for the family. East Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements and is honored to serve the Hanson family.


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Kathleen Griffin

May 14, 2013

Aunt Jessie was spirited, kind and always a lady. I loved to hear about all the traveling she and my Uncle Bill did.We are thankful for the care she has received these past years by her family in Tenn. We will always remember her goodness to us .
Kathleen Hanson Griffin

May 12, 2013

As a child I was always excited to know that Uncle Bill and Aunt Jessie would be arriving for a visit from Pennsylvania to Massachusetts. I remember Aunt Jessie being nicely dressed with high heels!
Thankfully we had a nice long visit in Ft Myers FL . She never changed, having a zest for life, great generosity and an easy way. I have thought of her often and will continue to remember her with great fondness.
Mary Hanson

Mary Dietrich

May 8, 2013

Mrs. Hanson was one of my greatest teachers I ever had. I often thought of her in a special greatful way for the time and attention she gave me in school. She was truly a great woman. Mary Rudd Dietrich

May 7, 2013

Dear Jean & Charles,

I enjoyed the times Jessie and I visited with each other. (even though it was during tax season)! I'll always remember the tour she gave me of her apartment. She had a special way about her. God's peace to all of you.

Ella English

May 7, 2013

It was an honor to take part in the care of Jessie. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Amanda, RN

May 6, 2013

Mr. & Mrs. Barnes & Dr. & Mrs. Curt Barnes, I do not know if you will remember me but my name is Anita Holdren and I was at the front desk at Victory O&P for many years. During that time you brought Mrs. Hanson into the office. I can honestly say without a doubt that I met a TRUE LADY at that time. I am so deeply sorry for your loss and pray that you will feel the arms of God holding you in comfort at this time. God Bless You All. Anita Holdren