BERLIN - Peter Bernard Hanson, age 65, of Route 12 in Berlin, took the final journey into the arms of his Lord and savior on February 7, 2014, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his family.
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He was born on June 2, 1948, in Montpelier, the son of Andrew William and Louise (Lyons) Hanson.
He attended St. Michael's Grade School and High School until the school was closed in 1967. He then transferred to Montpelier High School where he graduated in 1968.
Peter first worked for Farrell Distributing and later joined the National Life Insurance Co. He worked in the Print Shop for 28 years.
Peter married Judy Hopkins on April 26, 1969, at St. Augustine Catholic Church. She predeceased him on January 25, 1987. He later married Theresa Helget on January 9, 1999, at St. Augustine Catholic Church.
Peter was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church and the Montpelier Cribbage League.
An avid adventurer, Peter traveled to several NASCAR venues. His fondness for sporting events led him to long and proud alliances with the Boston Celtics and Green Bay Packers. More recently, he discovered the excitement involved with pyrotechnics, traveling with his associates throughout the state, bringing fireworks displays to the delight of those in attending the events.
Peter had a strong commitment to family and friends, lending assistance without question whenever needed.
He followed a strong moral compass throughout his life with love and respect for others.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Theresa of West Berlin; much-loved stepchildren, Ernest Swenson and his wife Sarah of Montpelier, Sandy Swenson of West Berlin, Max Swenson of Las Vegas, Nev., and Deanna LaCasse and her husband Tim of Hugo, Minn.; and cherished grandchildren, Emily Swenson, Zac Baidasaro, Ryan and Jessica LaCasse; his siblings, William Hanson and his wife Marilyn of Tucson, Ariz., Susan Smaldino of Las Vegas, Nev., Linda Downing of Springfield, Vt., and Penny McCrea of Manitou Springs, Colo.; two uncles, Richard Lyons of Wagoner, Okla., and Donald Lyons of Montpelier, Vt.; and many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, February 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Guare & Sons Funeral Home, 30 School Street, Montpelier.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 16 Barre Street, Montpelier.
Committal prayers and burial will be in the springtime in Berlin Corners Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dartmouth Hitchcock Pain Management Clinic. Donations can be made online at www.giving.d-h.org/painmanagement. Donations can also be sent by mail attention Amy Schrom at D-H Development Office, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756-0001. Checks should be made out to "Dartmouth-Hitchcock" with Pain Clinic Education Fund in the memo line and indication it is in honor of Peter Hanson.
Those wishing to express online condolences may do so at www.guareandsons.com.
Guare & Sons Funeral Home - Montpelier
30 School Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
Published in Times Argus on Feb. 10, 2014