June 15, 1916 ~ October 23, 2007
Emilie N. Hansen, 91 wife of the late Carl N. Hansen for 61 years passed away on Tuesday, Oct 23 at Evergreen Woods Health Center. She was born June 15, 1916 in New Haven, a daughter of the late Frederick and Anna (Johnson) Neumann and was a longtime resident of Orange, CT. She graduated from Hillhouse High School and then received her bachelor's degree from Smith College in 1938 and Masters of Divinity degree from Yale University in 1981. She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree in 1976 from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven in recognition of her long history of community involvement and her career as a professional volunteer. Her list of civic, educational and church activities include being a longtime active member of Bethesda Lutheran Church in New Haven, past chairperson of the New England Synod of the Lutheran Church in America, president of the United Way of Greater New Haven, a founding board member and vice-president of Hospice, Inc. in New Haven, membership on public health and mental health boards as well as the boards of the American Association of University Women, the International Student Center, the New Haven Chamber of Commerce and the Smith College Club of New Haven. Over the years, she served in PTA presidencies, the board of Connecticut Church Women United, the New England Lutheran Church Women, was past president of the Church Women United of New Haven and vice president of the New Haven Council of Churches. Emilie is survived by two sons Ranald D. Hansen of Lake Orion, MI and Roderick P. Hansen of Boca Raton, FL, a foster son, Shams Bhaloo of Vancouver, a brother Frederick W. Neumann of Madison, CT and a sister Dorothy Soderlind of Farmington, CT, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A memorial service followed by a luncheon reception will be held on Friday, Oct. 26, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 305 St. Ronan St., New Haven. Contributions in Mrs. Hansen's memory may be made to Bethesda Lutheran Church, 305 St. Ronan St., New Haven, CT 06511 or to The Carl N. Hansen Endowed Scholarship Fund at Quinnipiac University, Development Office, 275 Mt. Carmel Ave., Hamden, CT 06518. Arrangements in care of BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden.