Dear Hanko Family,
The best pancakes I've ever had were Pillsbury pancakes at Christ Memorial Church's Pancake Breakfast. The pancakes were made personally by Mr.Hanko, or by another dad who was, I'm sure, closely supervised by him. If I remember correctly, he wore an authentic chef's hat for this event (or maybe I only imagined it because he seemed so professional in his performance!). This special breakfast may have been an annual Mother's Day tradition, because I remember that only the men of the congregation were involved in cooking and serving--no women. Maybe Mr. Hanko himself came up with the idea for a pancake fundraiser, since only he had the kind of clout that got him Pillsbury pancake mix for free, and could magically turn it into a lip-smackin' breakfast treat!
The pancake breakfast was something we all looked forward to, and Mr. Hanko made it even better because of his jokes and antics. In fact, wherever he was, there would be laughter, and laughter's a wonderful gift to be able to give anyone.
My sons, when they were little, once said that their Uncle Kurt was "the kid kind of grownup", because he liked to get down on their level and mess around and tease and make them laugh. To me, Mr. Hanko was the kid kind of grownup, and I'm sure there was more laughter and fun in my life as a kid because of the many Sunday dinners, Christmas Eves, camping trips, and more that we spent with him and the rest of you in the Hanko family (you all, by the way, share your dad/husband's sense of humor and good nature!).
I am thankful to Mr. Hanko for what he gave to me and my family. I extend sincere sympathy to all of you for your deep loss. There are many of us who will miss Mr. Hanko--as husband, dad, grandpa, uncle, brother, and friend, but we can find comfort in the laughter he inspired and so enjoyed.
May you also feel peace through sharing your grief with others who care.
Fred and Carol, Just read on the network about the loss of your father. I am so very sorry and my thoughts go out to your whole family. Mrs. Crane
To Mrs. Hanko and family:
We are so saddened to hear about Al's passing. I certainly remember his great smile and sense of humor and the fun times we had growing up with the Hanko family. And Dave always enjoyed playing golf with Dad and Mr. Hanko. May God bless and comfort you in your time of grief.
Lynne (DeVette) and Dave Bouvea
His fun sense of humor and names, "Cupullischenee!"
Niece Connie Reitsma