Karen Maura Hanson
May 7, 1944 – December 15, 2018
Karen Maura Hanson, 74, passed away December 15, 2018, following an 8-year battle with cancer, at home in Oviedo, FL, surrounded by her family. She was born May 7, 1944 in Stoneham, MA. Her parents were Warren and Irene (Corbeil) Nordberg, and stepfather Edgar Jansen. Karen graduated from Bedford HS ('62) and received her Associates Degree from Cape Cod Community College ('64). She married her high school sweetheart, Edwin "Eddie" Hanson, November 14, 1964 and subsequently became a military wife. Karen was mother to Karl, Maura, Matthew, and Mark; grandmother to Rebecca, Kirsten, Sebastian, Erik, Jacob, Celia, Brady, Isabella, and Christian; and sister to Colette, Dean(d) and Virginia. She was a writer as well as a mentor to women of all ages through various women's ministries (Tres Dias, Audire, Moms4Moms, AGLOW, home Bible studies, and many more). Karen attended Northland Church locally. A Celebration of Life service will be held December 29th, officiated by Dr. Dan Lacich at Oviedo City Church (Northland of Oviedo), in the Reformed Theological Seminary Chapel. Karen will be buried at Shawsheen Cemetery in Bedford, MA.
In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to: WOMENS’ CANCER ORGANIZATIONS Or To: Central Florida Tres Dias, Inc., Attn: Bruce Carr, 501 N. Tree Garden Rd, St Augustine, FL 32086.
- Visitation Friday, December 28, 2018
- Visitation Saturday, December 29, 2018
- Celebration of Life Saturday, December 29, 2018
Karen Maura Hanson
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Barry T. Smith
January 10, 2019
Ken, please accept my sincerest condolences on the loss you and your family have suffered.
Karen was such a sweet and loving person. I will always remember her beaming smile. It would
light up a room. I remember what a joy she was when she attended our BHS Class of '60 reunions.
May you and your family take comfort in, and be blessed by, your fond memories of Karen.
With Solemn Sincerity,
Barry T. Smith
December 28, 2018
Karen's death has hit me so hard that I have had a difficult time formulating my thoughts. I don't even recall how Karen and I became friends. She became a significant part of my life when she was part of walking with me through healing from a childhood trauma and introduced me to Tres Dias. Following that, I transitioned back to a life and ministry overseas but we connected every time we could and over time became mutual friends. The past two years, I have walked through my own cancer battle and lost my baby brother to cancer. Through it all, Karen and I connected as much as we could and were frequently texting. She encouraged and grieved with me over my brother's cancer battle and recent death even though she was in the midst of what would become her own final battle. I always knew Karen was there and always looked forward to our "next conversation." It has been hard getting my mind around that there will not be a next conversation this side of heaven and I grieve immensely over that. Karen was truly an amazing woman with a God-given capacity to love and to embrace and walk with other women. Every time we were together we got lost in deep conversations over how the Spirit was at work in our lives and the things Papa was talking to each of us about. So I can now only imagine the kinds of conversations Karen and Jesus are enjoying together. We have lost a dear friend and an extraordinary woman in our loss of Karen, and there will be no filling of the hole left by her absence. Dance away in heaven my dear Karen. I see in my minds eye this glorious smile on your face. Your struggle is over, you are home now and all is well. I will hold that smile in my memory until I see it again face to face. Love you always my dear friend.
Karen and Gary Wrey
December 28, 2018
We will not forget our forever friend who we met in New Hampshire back in the 1970's. She and her family are in our thoughts and prayers. Psalm 116:15 says, "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants."
May our Lord and Savior comfort and give you all the sense of His presence today and tomorrow. You all are special to us and we thank Him for you and Karen.
We can celebrate a life well lived. She loved and was loved by many. We will miss her but look forward to that day when there will be no more parting. Karen and I can do "tea" forever. Our families can play "Balderdash" 'til the cows come home. And no more snow shoveling days! So many wonderful, precious memories!
God Bless and comfort all,
Karen and Gary Wrey and Family
December 27, 2018
I shared over the years in awesome Bible studies led by Karen and she was such a beautiful woman of faith. She inspired us to become closer in our faith and I will always treasure these moments. I loved our times together and I know God is very pleased with her ministry outreach to women. What an awesome friend and neighbor for over 23 years. I love you, sweet Karen. God Bless her family and friends as they mourn her loss, 💕😘
December 25, 2018
Karen contacted me about 2 years ago asking if I was the same "Jean Bramucci" who had lived in Oscoda MI in the1960's. I immediately answered her back that yes I was. As we talked by telephone and on Facebook, I realized I had to see this wonderful lady before she passed. My husband Al and I flew to FL to spend a 4 day weekend and it was like old times. Karen and I shared 50 years of family history and wandered down memory lane. She was such a strong Christian and encouraged me to strengthen my faith. I am saddened to know she is no longer with us but happy to know she is with her creator in eternity. Rest in Peace Karen. You were loved here and you are loved there.
December 20, 2018
Karen and myself and a few other women Margit Monk, Barbara Ruggerio from Community Chapel attended a retreat for women at a River Retreat at Terry Humphreys home and we walked through the woods in the fall during our free time and then spent time at the river side with a planned devotional and prayer time. It was a wonderful time and one I will never forget. I had a picture of this moment but am unable to locate it
right now. Perhaps your mom has it in her photos at home or on the computer as I sent it to her. Loved her and will miss her. Will be seeing her on the streets of gold in heaven.
December 19, 2018
You loved much and were loved much. I miss you desperately but I know you and Jesus are doing a happy snoopy dance and that makes me smile. I love you Karen.....and I love your family as if it were my own.....❤️❤️.....until we meet again.....
December 19, 2018
Karen has her teal wings now. Love, Diane