Gladys P. Hansen, 87, of 51 Rimmon Road, North Haven died suddenly on Monday, August 14, 2006. She has gone to join her beloved husband, Harry Hansen in eternal rest. She leaves her two daughters, Carol Thorner of North Adams, MA and Joyce Thorner of Newington, also Harry's three daughters and families, Gail (Leonard) DeNardis of North Haven, Joyce Hansen of Cape Cod, MA and Ruth (James W.) Turner of Bedford, NH; six grandchildren and many who called her "Grandma Gladys". She is also survived by her brother, Paul A. Paulson and his family of San Diego, CA and many cousins. She was predeceased by her first husband, Eric A. Thorner and a sister, Helen Paulson Duffner. She was born in New Haven on July 9, 1919, daughter of the late Agda Anderson Paulson and John A. Paulson. She attended school in Hamden, and was a member of the first graduating class of Hamden High School. She attended New Haven State Teacher's College, worked during WW II at the United Illuminating Company and for many years at the Second New Haven Bank. In her retirement, she and Harry enjoyed extensive traveling, spending winters in Florida for 20 years, visiting and entertaining family and friends. She was a faithful life-long member of Bethesda Lutheran Church in New Haven, active in their Doubles Club and Elizabeth Circle. Funeral Service Friday, Aug. 18 at 10:30 a.m. at Bethesda Lutheran Church. Friends may call Thursday from 4 -8 p.m. at Beecher & Bennett, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden. Memorial Contributions may be made to Bethesda Lutheran Church, 305 St. Ronan St., New Haven, CT 06511.

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  1. Dear Carol and Joyce. We share your sadness in the loss of your mother, my big sister. My family will always remember her bright smile and joyful personality. She was a loving wife, a great friend of many people, and a devoted member of her church. We believe her greatest accomplishment was the raising of two extraordinary daughters. She will rest in peace, knowing that her work in life was done well. Paul, Virginia, Debra, and Scott Paulson August 16, 2006 San Diego, California

  2. Dear Carol, Joyce, Gail, Joyce, and Ruth, We are sorry to hear of Gladys’ passing. Our most recent recollection of Gladys was her attendance at Linda and John’s 25th Anniversary celebration where she happily reminded me that I was one of her first Sunday School students at Bethesda. We (as others are certain to do also)will remember her upbeat personality and cheerful smile welcoming us .home. whenever and wherever we met. She will be missed by family and friends. Peace.

  3. We were sorry to hear of Gladys’ sudden passing. She will be remembered for her cheerful personlity, and her loyalty to and work for Bethesda. May her memory be blessed among you.

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