MARQUETTE, MI. - Theodore "Ted" Hanson, 91, of Marquette, passed away Tuesday evening, February 18, 2014 shortly after admittance to Marquette General Hospital.
Ted was born on December 16, 1922 on the family homestead in West Branch Township to the late Axel and Anna (Shaw) Hanson and was a lifelong Marquette County resident.
Ted was employed for 36 years with the Marquette Board of Light and Power, retiring as meter department foreman. He had also previously served as board chair of a local credit union.
Theodore 'Ted' Hanson
Over the years, Ted followed the sport of hockey from the Marquette Sentinels to the Iron Rangers, to eventually the NMU Wildcats. In his free time, he loved to play cribbage and was a member of several cribbage leagues. He also enjoyed tending to his vegetable garden and was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers, Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers.
Ted excelled at being a great "Papa" to his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was also a faithful and devoted caregiver to his wife, Madeline, over many years.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, the former Madeline Smith, whom he married on October 16, 1947 at St. Peter Cathedral rectory; four children, Greg (Susie) Hanson, Brian "Buck" Hanson, Michelle Winquist and Chris (Jim) Soetaert, all of Marquette; seven grandchildren, John Hanson, Catherine Hanson, Joseph Hanson, Stephanie Winquist, Sarah (Robby) Baumgartner, Michael (Farah) Soetaert and Jennifer Soetaert; seven great grandchildren, Brianna Hanson, Hunter, Lucy and Lydia Baumgartner, Daphne, Quinn and Violet Soetaert; one brother, Robert (Marlene) Hanson of Marquette; a sister-in-law, Betty Palmer; also surviving are several nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death besides his parents were two brothers, Leonard and Rudolph Hanson.
Friends may call at the Canale-Tonella Funeral Home on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. until the time of the funeral service in the funeral home at 12:30 p.m. with Deacon Jack Leadbetter officiating. Spring burial will take place in the Holy Cross Cemetery. A luncheon will immediately follow the funeral service in the funeral home reception area.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to either the Marquette Alger Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, 309 S. Front St., Suite #233, Marquette, MI 49855, UPAWS, PO Box 968, Marquette, MI 49855 or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Memories may be shared at canalefuneral.com