Mary Ellen Hansen
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Virginia Beach - Mary Ellen Walters Schwartz Hansen passed away on October 2, 2013, in Sentara Leigh Memorial Hospital with her devoted family by her side.
Born on June 7, 1933, in Camden, NJ, Mary Ellen was the first of six children born to Russell and Mary Walters. After graduating with honors in 1951 from Camden Catholic High School, she worked in Washington DC for the Department of Navy and then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. It was in the USMC at Parris Island she met her future husband of 25 years, John P. Schwartz. Following her marriage, she was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps and devoted herself to being a full-time mother of her six children. She later resumed a career as a supervisor for many years at Virginia Beach Social Services.
An avid reader and enthusiastic traveler, she was known among family and friends as a woman who possessed a keen wit and a quick sense of humor. She enjoyed playing cards with her husband and close friends, and was skilled in needlepoint and sewing. Mary Ellen was predeceased by her husband John P. Schwartz, and later married Laurence Hansen of Clearwater, FL. She was also predeceased by her parents, her sister Eileen Greening Gruber, her brother George R. Walters, and grandson Joseph A. O'Hagan.
A loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend, she is survived by her son John R. Schwartz, daughters Mary Ann (William) Gripp, Cathleen Schwartz, Christina O'Hagan, Claire Kingen, and Donna Schwartz; her sister Marion Lawrence, brother Anthony (Mary Lou) Walters, her sister Adelaide (John) McElroy Torpila, grandchildren Patrick and Matthew Grimsley, Russell (Sherri) Schwartz, Thomas O'Hagan, Jr., Katie, Christine and Molly Kingen; Elizabeth Charboneau, Laura Gripp, Julie (Jeffrey) Joyner, Carolyn (Tim) Sutherland, and John Dalby, great-grandchildren Faith O'Hagan, Jacob and Will Joyner, Evelyn Sutherland, and many nieces, nephews and life-long friends in Florida, New Jersey and Virginia. She will be forever loved and missed by all who knew her.
A Catholic Funeral Mass will be held at noon, October 26, at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Virginia Beach, VA. Following the Mass, interment will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mary Ellen's name to
or the USMC Toys for Tots program. Cremation Society of Virginia is handling the cremation.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Oct. 22, 2013