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.

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  1. Are thoughts are with you. May the sympathy and love of others comfort you in your sorrow.

  2. Dear Rod & Diane & Family, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Cliff & Donna

  3. Dear Rod & Family, This is the first memorial I have attended .online.. Your mom was quite a lady. Now I know where you get your good qualities, just joking. God Bless & good health. Love Alan & Amy

  4. Dear Rod and Diane – I was sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother. My thoughts and prayers and with you and your family. Rory LiCastri

  5. Dear Rod and Diane: We are deeply saddened to hear of your Mother’s passing. Judging by all she did, she was a remarkable and highly gifted women who certainly gave so much back. I know you will take comfort by her long and rich life. Please know that we continue to keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. All of our best, – Ceil & Joe

  6. I extend my thoughts and prayers for family and friends, and most directly for Emilie, whose son Randy has been a close and trusted friend for many years. Emilie’s character and extraordinary life of service is also reflected in her son. May she rest in peace.

  7. I extend sincere sympathy to the family of Emilie (and Carl). She was a woman of remarkable outreach and energy. I regret that I am housebound and unable to share your memorials. Robert J. Leeney

  8. My condolences to you Rod on such a great loss. She had to be a wonderful person to accomplish all she did. You must be very proud of her

  9. Nancy and I are saddened by the loss of your mother. She certainly was a talented and gifted lady. You must be very proud of her. We will keep you and your family in our prayers during this time of celebration of a wonderful life and sadness of the passing of dear member of the family. Best always. Mickey and Nancy

  10. Randy & Family: Emilie was an amazing woman who touched the lives of many people. She lived a long and productive life, with children, grandchildren and even a great-grandchild who brought her great joy. The memories you have will keep her close to you forever. Beyond today and tomorrow, may these memories offer you comfort and support. Our best wishes to you as you honor the life of this extraordinary woman. ~~~ Pat Beaver & Family

  11. Randy, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Your Mother was truly an extraordinary woman, touching the lives of so many and making a difference in our world. I can truly see a picture of your Mother through you. Know that she is at peace and with you always.

  12. Randy, I am very sorry to hear about your mom. It was a pleasure to read about her wonderful life. She is truly an inspiration through all of the great things that she did and raising a truly great family. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  13. Rod & Diane and Family .In the bottom of an old pond lived some grubs who could not understand why none of their group ever came back after crawling up the stems of the lilies to the top of the water. They promised each other that the next one who was called to make the upward climb would return and tell what happened to him. Soon one of them felt an urgent impulse to seek the surface; he rested himself on the top of the lily pad and went through a glorious transformation which made him into a dragonfly with beautiful wings. In vain he tried to keep his promise. Flying back and forth over the pond , he peered down below at all his friends. Then he realized that even if they could see him they would not recognize such a radiant creature as one of their number. The fact we cannot see our loved ones or communicate with them after the transformation is no proof that they cease to exist. Author Unknown Donna and I celebrate your mom’s wonderful life!

  14. Rod and Diane I’m sorry to hear of Mrs. Hansen’s death. Her list of life accomplishments was enviable, not the least of which is Rod! She was someone I wish I had known. With our sympathies, Sheri, Tom and Hailey

  15. Rod and Diane, Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Rod, what an amazing life your Mom led — I can see why you turned out so terrific.

  16. Rod and Diane, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Your mom sounds like one terrific lady. What a life of service and giving! Now we know what makes you so special. Please know that you, Diane and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Love from Bob and Doris Sowerwine

  17. Rod and Diane, We are sorry for your loss. Your mother obviously had a very full life and, from her bio, was an exceptional person. Vince and Carol Mitchell

  18. Rod, Diane and family– Just a brief note to tell you how sorry we are for your loss. Even when we prepare ourselves — we are never really prepared. Your Mom had a long life that was full of wonderful accomplishments. Thinking of all of you. Patti and Bill

  19. Rod, Diane and family~ We are sorry for your loss and your family is in our thoughts. It sounds as if your Mother truly led a wonderful life full of caring and service to others.

  20. Rod, Our deepest sympathy for the passing of your mother. From the bio, it appears that she had a very active and full life. May god bless her and welcome her to heaven.

  21. Rod: I am so sorry to learn of the passing of your Mother. She must have been a terrific Mom, she raised a terrific son. I lost my Mom on May 20, 2006 and i know just hows it feels. Be at peacr knowing she is now with our Lord . God Bless, Al and Donna Heiles

  22. Rod: we send our heartfelt sympathies to you and your family on the passing of your mother. What a wonderful and inspiriing life she led – one of which you must be proud and certainly one to celebrate.

  23. To the Hansen Family: I was very saddened to hear the news. Your mom was an exceptional lady, and we had a wonderful time with her and Carl during their visit to Vancouver. She was a great mom to Sheini and grandma to Rahim and Rafik. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Nabat Mamdani

  24. We are all saddened by and share in your loss, Randy. She certainly sounded like a remarkable person with so many amazing accomplishments! Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.

  25. We are saddened by the news of your mothers passing. But uplifted by the wonderful productive life she lived. She was certainly a great role model for your public-service involvement. We hope the end of her life and passing were peaceful.

  26. We are sorry for your loss. I know that your mom is now reunited with you dad and in a much better place. You are in our prayers and thoughts. Colleen & Steve

  27. We were sorry to hear of Emilie’s passing. We have so many fond memories from the days when she and Carl were Luther League counselors to her dedicated work at Bethesda and Synod. We will remember her warm hospitality in Orange and Branford. She was one of a kind and will be missed. We are sorry that we cannot be with you on Friday, but you will be in our thoughts and prayers.

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