May 11, 1917 - July 29, 2014
Resident of Santa Clara
Christa Hanisch was born on May 11, 1917 in Berlin, Germany to Hermann and Magdelene Schoentges.
She moved to the United States in 1955 and married Gerhard Hanisch on August 9, 1968 and moved to Silicon Valley.
Christa spent 10 years at Beckman Instruments in Palo Alto.
Christa was a very gifted artist utilizing oils, water colors, and charcoals.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 30 years.
Christa is survived by her son, Michael Shannon of Oro Valley, AZ; her grandson, Dean Shannon of Leominster, MA; and her brother, Kurt Schoentges of Napa.
Christa passed away peacefully on July 29 in Sunnyvale at the age of 97.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Aug. 3, 2014