HANSEN, ELLEN L. SCHNEIDER - Ellen L. Schneider Hansen, 78, of Hamden, passed away suddenly on Sunday, October 7, 2018. Ellen, a lifelong resident of Hamden, was born in New Haven, CT on September 18, 1940. She was the daughter of the late Frederick Schneider and the late Mary Houlihan Schneider. Ellen is survived by her husband, Harold J. Hansen of Hamden. They were married for 55 years. Ellen was the loving mother of Patricia Owens (Brian) of Hamden, Harold J. Hansen Jr. (Dawn) of Hamden, Scott Hansen (Christina) of Monroe, Martha Cappella (Robert) of Hamden, and David Hansen (Jennifer) of Westport, MA, and proud grandmother to Kirsten, Kyle, Hal, Caitlin, Kassidy, Joseph, Pavel, Nikita, Marissa, Ryan, Robby, Jason, Brendan, Piper and Parker. Ellen was the sister of Paula Schneider of Hamden. She was predeceased by a brother, Robert Schneider of Houston, Texas, a sister, Mary Frances Ranchinsky of Hamden, and her parents. Ellen was a former employee of the Knights of Columbus, New Haven. An avid reader, she was a member of a local book and movie club. Ellen was known for her quick wit and great sense of humor. She enjoyed spending time with her family and appreciated visits from her children and grandchildren. Faith was a great source of comfort for Ellen and she was a member of Christ the Bread of Life Parish (Ascension Church) of Hamden. Friends may visit with her family on Wednesday Oct. 10th from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden. Her funeral will be held on Thursday, Oct. 11th at 9:00 AM from the funeral home with her Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:00 AM in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. Burial will follow in All Saint's Cemetery, North Haven.

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  1. With love and prayers to the Hansen family. Rest in peace dear Ellen. All our love Sherri and David Shumski

  2. I remember the first time we meet Ellen, it was last year upon renting a house on the Hansen property. Ellen was funny, kind and tough…but she wanted to make sure we loved the house and would care for it. After losing my husband Mark, and feeling lost, Ellen and her entire family treated my son and I like we were a part of her family even to this day. Ellen’s legacy is passing those strong loving attributes to her children and grandchildren. We have been blessed to have known her… She was a special woman and she will be with you all always…

  3. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry for your loss. RIP Mrs. Hansen.
    Love and Peace,
    Jerry and Kim Couden

  4. To Ellen’s Family and her sister Paula,
    My thoughts and prayers are with the Hanson and Schneider Family. Love, Anna Marie Damiani

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