MANCHESTER - Alma (Hansen) Langlois, 93, of Manchester, passed away on April 6, 2013, at St. Teresa's Manor Nursing Home, after a period of failing health.
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She was born Feb. 6, 1920, in South Portland, Maine, the daughter of Johan A. and Ruby (Graffam) Hansen. She attended South Portland schools, graduating from South Portland High School in 1937 as valedictorian. In 1941, she received her B.A. degree with distinction in English from the University of Maine, Orono. At graduation, she was awarded the Portland Alumnae watch as the outstanding woman student. While at Maine, she was president of the Sophomore Eagles, an editor on the campus newspaper, a member of the All-Maine women, and served as president of the Women's Student Council. She was also active in athletics.
After graduation, she worked in the personnel department of Aetna Insurance Company in Hartford, Conn. She then left to become the director of Girls Scouts in Melrose, Mass. In 1943, she married Leon Langlois of Manchester and following World War II moved to Manchester to make her home. She was employed in the office of Leavitt's Department Store for 16 years and then taught English at Manchester High School Central for 22 years until her retirement in 1984. She also served as adviser to the Little Green, Central's student newspaper, for 21 years. She was twice named a semifinalist in the National Journalism Teacher of the Year competition run by Columbia University Press.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed writing as a hobby, having had both fiction and nonfiction published in a variety of publications. She was the author of a monthly column, Mirror on Manchester, written for the New Hampshire Sunday News. She also published five books of poetry.
She was predeceased by her husband Leon, in 1998, and by a son, Roy, in 2000.
Family members include two daughters, Pauline Smith and her husband, Brian Wallace, of Princeton, Mass., and Janet Balch and her husband, Hank, of Manchester; a son, Dr. Stephen Langlois and his wife, Donna, of Deerfield; a daughter-in-law, Lynda Langlois; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
services: Calling hours will be at Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 243 Hanover St., Manchester, on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will take place Saturday in the funeral home chapel at 10 a.m. with a committal service to follow in Pine Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Friends of the Manchester Animal Shelter, 490 Dunbarton Road, Manchester 03102. For more information, go to phaneuf.net.
Published in Union Leader on Apr. 7, 2013
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