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Hansen, Edward


Edward R. Hansen, a resident of Westwood for 40 years, and formerly of Wisconsin, died tragically December 9th in a pedestrian accident in Westwood.  He was 78.  Edward was born December 19, 1929, in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, the youngest child of Burton and Anna (Roalkvam) Hansen.  He graduated from St Olaf College in Minnesota with a degree in engineering, and served in the US Army as a corporal during the Korean War.  He worked as a quality control engineer for Gillette for over 35 years.  Mr. Hansen is a past member of the Westwood Finance Commission, and a current member of the Board of Trustees of the Westwood Public Library.   He has sung in the choir at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church for 50 years, and is a member of the Sons of Norway, the Kingswood Association, a member of the American Society of Quality Control Engineers, and a member of the Fin, Fur and Feather.  Edward is survived by his wife of 56 years, Eunice Irene (Thelander) Hansen; his son, Steven E. Hansen of Shrewsbury; his daughter, Kristin M. Haroian of Windham, New Hampshire; and his seven grandchildren, Sean, Meghan, Rebecca, Carl, Edward, Thomas, and Jeremy.  He was the father of the late Karen E. VanHerwarde, and was predeceased by his six brothers and sisters.  Visiting hours will be held Friday, December 12th from 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the Folsom Funeral Home, 649 High St., Westwood.  His funeral service will be Saturday at 9 AM at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 24 Berwick St., Norwood, followed by burial in Old Westwood Cemetery in Westwood.  In lieu of flowers donations to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701 would be appreciated.

Guestbook Entries

  1. melanie milde
    December 10th, 2008 | 8:53 pm

    Dear Eunice,
    I am so, so saddened by the tragic passing of your dear husband. Ed was a very fine, kind and generous man. He will be so, so missed. You are in my heart and my prayers. Fondly, Melanie Milde

  2. melanie milde
    December 10th, 2008 | 10:51 pm

    Dear Eunice,
    I am so, so saddened by the tragic passing of your dear husband. Ed was a very fine, kind and generous man. He will be so, so missed. You are in my heart and my prayers. Fondly, Melanie Milde

  3. Carol and Jackie
    December 11th, 2008 | 10:24 am

    I asked God to spare me pain. God said “No”, suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.

    God Bless you all.

  4. Elise Nelson
    December 11th, 2008 | 11:48 am

    Dear Eunice, Steve, and Kristin,
    You have my deepest sympathy on the tragic death of your husband and father. I have many fond memories of my time with him at Son’s Of Norway functions and meetings. I will be with you in spirit on Saturday at his funeral.
    God’s Peace and Love, Elise

  5. beth allen
    December 11th, 2008 | 1:41 pm

    Dear Kris, I am so sorry for your loss. Your Dad
    was such a nice man. Sincerely Beth Allen

  6. Vera Ryen Gregg
    December 11th, 2008 | 2:17 pm

    On behalf of members and friends of Norumbega Lodge #506, Sons of Norway, may I convey our deepest and sincerest “Kondolenser”. Ed will be sorely missed at Lodge functions and events, especially for his enthusiasm, quiet strength, and spirit of fraternalism.
    Vera Ryen Gregg, President, Norumbega Lodge

  7. Vera Ryen Gregg
    December 11th, 2008 | 2:18 pm

    Received at my e-mail address:

    Please extend my sincerest sympathies to the family.

    Marcia Curren (Norumbega Lodge member)

  8. Mervi Fantasia
    December 11th, 2008 | 6:20 pm

    Dear Hansen family:

    No words can describe how we feel. Phil and I are shocked and saddened. It is as though we have lost a wonderful family member of our own. Everyone loved Ed. We feel so very fortunate to have known him. The entire church family at Emmanuel will always miss Ed.

  9. Pete & Karen Hanson
    December 11th, 2008 | 6:43 pm

    Dear Eunice & Family:
    We were so saddened to hear about Ed’s accident. We enjoyed seeing him and talking with him at the Sons of Norway lodge meetings, working with him at the fair, etc. We will miss his smile and enthusiasm.
    Pete & Karen Hanson

  10. Harry James
    December 12th, 2008 | 12:21 pm

    Dear Eunice,

    You are in my thoughts and prayers. It was nice talking with Ed at Sons of Norway gatherings.

    Harry James

  11. Pam Bird
    December 12th, 2008 | 6:31 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do.


  12. Bill & Jill Walsh
    December 12th, 2008 | 7:33 pm

    Dear Alan,Kristin, Carl and Ed,

    We were very sorry to hear about your Father and Grandfather’s passing. We remember what a wonderful time we had at your birthday party and how much we enjoyed our conversation with your Dad. He was truly a remarkable man and how proud he was of his family.

    Bill and Jill Walsh

  13. Neil Rasmussen
    December 13th, 2008 | 12:11 am

    Dear Eunice, Steve, and Kristin,

    I’m so very sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. I have very fond memories of our time together on the Cape, at Glenbrook and Sebago lake. Ed was an incredible person who was always willing to lend a hand and open his heart. When I think of Ed it is his charming personality and smile that springs forth. My family always talks fondly about our days together in westwood with all the Hansens. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.


    Neil Rasmussen

  14. Janet Rasmussen
    December 13th, 2008 | 9:27 am

    Dear Eunice, Steve and Kris,
    I am so sorry you have lost your Husband and Dad. You have all been such an important part of our life. Ed and George had such a special friendship all through our days in Westwood. I will always remember the happy times of vacations in Canada, camping in N.H., sailing, and the Cape Cod vacations. Your loss is a loss to all of us who knew him. My deepest sympathy goes out to each of you. Janet

  15. Jeane Delmore & family
    December 13th, 2008 | 5:52 pm

    Dear Eunice,Steve & Kristin, I was so shocked to hear the news. I called my mom in Kenosha and her heart was broken. She asked me to please send you her sympathy and to tell you how special Eddie was to her and my dad. We feel that my dad was there to greet Eddie in heaven. I,too, have many great childhood memories of our families together. We hope you know that our most sincere thoughts are with you. We’ll send something to the American Cancer Society in Eddie’s memory. He will be deeply missed. Jeane, Leah, Jay and Kelly.

  16. Anne Thie
    December 14th, 2008 | 11:22 pm

    Dear Mrs. Hansen, Steve, Kristin, and your families,
    You may not remember me, but I was a good friend of Karen’s through our days at Martha Jones and Westwood High. I remember visiting your house in Westwood and seeing Mr. Hansen. He was always so kind, always smiling, enjoying his time with his dogs and his family. I think I may have even gone camping once with your family – I know Karen went at least once with mine. I still think fondly of the time I spent with Karen growing up, playing games at your house, dancing at her wedding, seeing her at the reunion, meeting her children. I am so sorry for your tragic loss. Mr. Hansen’s and Karen’s spirits live on and they will not be forgotten.
    Anne Thie

  17. December 16th, 2008 | 4:53 pm

    Dear Hansen family,

    I’m very saddened to hear of your tragic loss. I have fond memories of Ed from Emmanuel Church and studying Video Production at the local cable station. He was a smart, generous, and warm man and I feel privileged to have known him. He will be missed.


    Erik Fantasia

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