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Going Yuppie for Love
Peter Burton Hanson, 32, had mastered the art of living through the Dead — the Grateful Dead, that is. He believed that the group and its music would become classics, up there with Beethoven, Bach and company, and he tried to sway the opinion of anyone who would listen.

But that was Mr. Hanson: passionate about his work and most things he pursued. When he took up gardening last spring, he did not plant just lilacs and roses outside his two-story white colonial house in Groton, Mass. He planted trees as well: at least 30, his mother, Eunice Hanson said.

Eight years ago, he married Sue Kim, a Korean-American doctoral candidate in micro-biology immunology at Boston University. She was a bit of a cut-up and enjoyed the Dead but she was not enamored of the hippie lifestyle. "She was a scientist!" Mrs. Hanson said.

The relationship spurred Peter Hanson to clip his tangle of brownish-red dreadlocks, trade in tie-dyed T- shirts for suits, go to business school and become one of the best software salesmen his friends and family had ever met. He was vice president of marketing at TimeTrade in Waltham, Mass.

The couple had a daughter, Christine, 2 1/2, who loved to work in the garden with her father. "After they were all done planting, Christine would say to a tree or plant: `I bet you are thirsty. Let me feed you and give you a hug,' " Mrs. Hanson said.

For Sue Kim Hanson, 34, a native of Los Angeles, her husband's family was the antidote to a childhood spent longing for structure. She lived with her grandmother in Korea until she was 6. Her mother died when she was 15. Her bond with the Hansons was so strong that they accompanied her to California when she went to inform her father about her engagement. She worried that her father would protest because Peter Hanson was not Korean. But her family embraced the Hansons.

Peter, Sue Kim and Christine Hanson were on their way to visit the Kim family when they boarded United Airlines Flight 175 from Boston to Los Angeles on Sept. 11.

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on February 10, 2002.

Hanson, Peter Burton, Hanson, Sue Kim, Hanson, Christine Lee. Presumed dead in the crash of an airliner into the World Trade Center Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. Peter was vice president of sales for TimeTrade in Waltham, Mass. He was a graduate of Joel Barlow High School and North-eastern University. He earned an MBA at Boston University. Sue graduated from the Uni-versity of California at Berkeley. She earned a master of arts de-gree at Boston University and was a doctoral candidate there. Christine attended Knowledge Beginnings in Chelmsford, Mass. They are survived by Sue's grandmother, Ok-Hee Kim of California; her brothers, Stanley and John of California; by Peter's parents, Eunice and Lee Hanson of Easton, and by Kathryn and Mark Barrere of Southbury, Peter's sister and brother-in-law. Services will be held at the Congregational Church of Easton at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, in Boston at Marsh Chapel of Boston University Monday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m and in Los Angeles at Hankook Mortuary, Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. Donations in lieu of flowers may be given to the Christine Lee Memorial Fund at the Con-gregational Church of Easton, P.O. Box 37, Easton, CT 06612.

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Published in The State Journal-Register on Sep. 13, 2001.
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January 19, 2020
que triste tan niña
descansa en paz
September 12, 2019
We will never forget....
God bless you and your family.
Andrew Foreman
September 11, 2019
God bless, I always think of you & your family on this day.
Barbara Hevle
September 11, 2019
Thinking of you again this year, Christine. I'll never forget.
Jessica English
September 11, 2019
We love you little girl.
September 11, 2019
Written for the three of them. I wrote it for them because my mom Lorrie worked with him. I was in sixth grade when I wrote this for all three of them.

September 11, 2001
Written for Pete Hanson and family

Today is sadness,
An act of hate,
A sad despair,
An imperfect trait.

Then a man called and told what was happening,
It was too late,
Hatred was found.
Lindsay Ferraro
September 11, 2019
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September 11, 2019
Kim McNeil
September 11, 2019
We will never forget. #Hansonfamily
Kim McNeil
September 9, 2019
June 1, 2019
Vivirás por siempre Christine ♥
Cristian Parra
May 12, 2019
Out of the many tragic losses on that fateful day, the story of Christine, Sue, and Peter tug at my heart the most. My daughter looked very similar to Christine as a toddler. She is 6 years old now, and cannot imagine or fathom the deep loss felt by those close to the family, nor why this had to happen to such a sweet, innocent child. I hope to one day visit the 9/11 memorial with my children, and lay a flower by your names in remembrance, so that we do not forget.

Christine, I am so sorry that you could not grow up to enjoy a long and happy life. But may you rest in eternal peace in your parents' loving embrace, and we'll always keep you alive in our memories.
Alice Kim W.
December 14, 2018
We send our continued deep thoughts of concern and sympathy. No words can ever remove the pain of losing an entire family. May God give the needed help and support as you try to cope with such a great loss. They will always be sadly missed. May the time finally come when such violent acts are ended forever.
The Kindred Family
November 21, 2018
We will never forget you and your family! RIP sweet angel...
Steve G
September 16, 2018
So very sad to know this happened to such an innocent child, you and seven other children were taken from this life before your time was up and it's not fair. I know where you are it is peaceful and you are happy and it could not compare with Disneyland, so sorry you didn't make it to Disneyland but you are in a much better place now. Rest in peace little one.
Kyle P.
September 13, 2018
Chistine and family, I took my daughter to New York last year. It was her first time. She loved it. We end to the memorial. I thought of you.
David Miller
September 12, 2018
Never forgotten.
Christine we think of you and your parents often. I have this picture of you from the local newspaper so many years ago. We will always remember.
Kim McNeil
September 11, 2018
Sue was one of the sweetest people we met as students while attending UC Berkeley. She always had a bright smile on her face. We were shocked and saddened to learn that she, her husband and child perished on September 11.

The world was better and brighter because she was here, and we will always remember her for being a beautiful spirit.
Marsha (McCready) & Gregory Ellis
September 11, 2018
On September 11th 2001, my daughter was close to the same age as Christine. All of those lost including Christine's parents were so heartbreaking but the thought of Christine made me think of losing my daughter and struck deeply at my heart. For more than twelve years I kept a small slip of paper pinned to my bulletin board at my workplace with the name Christine Lee Hanson on it as a reminder to not forget those that were lost. Now 17 years later, her name still sits on my mind on this day. I wanted the family of the Hanson family to know that they are remembered and my prayers are still with you.
Chris Roberts
January 9, 2018
Uncle Peter, Auntie Sue, and Christine,
It's me, Nikki. I've just been having a really tough time lately. I miss you guys more and more everyday. I can't help but imagine how different and how much better things would be if you were still here. Although you know I talk to you everyday, it's just nice to be able to write this as if you were to really read it. I graduated last month! A year earlier than my class too which is what I was aiming for even after my accident. I'm applying to schools and figuring out where I really want to go with my life. I already got accepted into Santa Monica College in LA. I'm just looking for the right program. Hopefully I will be able to start a nice new life there and eventually get my Doctorate like Aunty Sue. I just wish you were here to help me and be with me. I feel so lonely. I'm so sad. I've been trying to keep my head up but things are just getting really hard and time is going by so fast... Please just continue to watch over me. I feel so empty and so lost without you in my life. I don't even know what to do right now. I love you and I miss you beyond words... I hope the days comes when I can see you again.
Nicole Barrere
September 20, 2017
Christine, just want to let your family know that I will never forget your sweet little face.
David Miller
September 19, 2017
Little angel, God bless you. Remembering victims of the worse situation to ever hit the U.S.
Jason Yang
September 18, 2017
I am so so sorry that she had to die so young.
I wish so very much that she was able to start a life for a little while longer. God Bless your little sweet soul in Heaven.
Adison Yates
September 17, 2017
May God Bless your Little Sweet Soul

Mountain Gap Middle school Student.
Kelsia Trammell
September 17, 2017
I am so sorry the she die so young. May God bless her little sweet soul.

-Mountain Gap Student
Kelsia Trammell
September 12, 2017
May God Bless you and your beautiful family.
Paula Fazio
September 11, 2017
Rob Davidson
June 24, 2017
Remembering you and the other victims today.
Karen H.
June 23, 2017
Little Angel, the world we're living is no place for you. You are the best place anyone could be. God bless you!!!!
Julissa Del Gaudio
June 22, 2017
God Bless Peter
Christina LeCompte
June 22, 2017
God Bless Sue Kim
Christina LeCompte
June 22, 2017
God Bless Christine
Christina LeCompte
April 15, 2017
Always on my mind & in my thoughts.
Kim McNeil
April 14, 2017
I looked at your Memorial while training at FLETC and encourage everyone in my profession to do our best for you.
K. H.
April 2, 2017
September 13, 2016
Sweet child one day you and family together will get the life you lost back.
God will bless you and your family.
Rest in peace sweet girl.❤
Jenette Terrazas
September 11, 2016
Always remembered, never forgotten.
Kim McNeil
September 9, 2016
Thoughts are with you, Christine. We will never forget you.
March 20, 2016
Dear Christine,

I volunteer at the 9/11 memorial. I make you this promise. I will always tell visitors about a beautiful little girl who's life ended before it really began. It was your birthday a few weeks. I placed some flowers by your name and a photo of you, and your family.

You will never be forgotten ....
September 12, 2015
We will never forget! Thinking about you from Groton, Ma.
Kim McNeil
September 11, 2015
Cathy Cohen
September 11, 2015
Thinking of you today, Christine, your sweet face. I have a picture of my daughter and she looked just like you when she was that age. Looking at your picture, still brings me to tears. RIP...
David Miller
September 11, 2015
Marlyn Terman
September 11, 2015
Sweet Christine... I still keep your picture in a frame. Your memory will stay with me forever.
September 11, 2015
Thinking of you again this year every year, I come to your page. And I never know what to say, except that, in this way, your life will never be forgotten.
Jessica English
April 1, 2015
Peter, I thank God that He found a beauiful wife for you and that you had such a beautiful daughter together. I pray for the friends and family you left behind. We will never forget that day. Much love from Texas.
Del Newberry
April 1, 2015
Nothing is more tragic than losing a child. I pray specifically for those you were on the way to see. They lost so many loved ones in this tragedy. We will continue to rememebr this horrible day and pray for comfort for those friends and family you left behind. Love from Texas
Del Newberry
April 1, 2015
As tragic as this loss was, I am glad that you were with your small family. I pray for the friends and family you left behind. We will never forget you.
Love from Texas
Del Newberry
February 22, 2015
God bless you just think you would be about 16 years old ready to graduate I hope you rest in peace with heavenly father.
susan cooper
February 5, 2015
My wife and I went to the 9/11 memorial site 2013 when we went in I asked my wife to stop so I could take a photo at the point of taking the photo to my surprise just behind her was the name of Peter Burton Hanson which sent a cold shiver through me as my name is James Edwin Burton so so strange
James Edwin Burton
September 23, 2014
For a family that is in Heaven together now the father Peter, the mother Sue, & little girl Christine @ 2 & a half with the angels all. God is watching over you & blessing you and keeping you. May no one ever forget you.
Melissa Blue
September 15, 2014
anthony geinopolos
September 14, 2014
You will live in our hearts and prayers, and we will love you and miss you always
Logan Cullop
September 12, 2014
I left my candle for you tonight little angel. The Healing Fields in Tempe Arizona were life changing and your story stood out. Although we never met you will always be in my heart.
Dylan Kennedy
September 11, 2014
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September 11, 2014
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September 11, 2014
Jennifer Ryffel
September 11, 2014
Christine, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
September 10, 2014
Remembering you sweetie Christine and your family on September 11th 2014. May God give you a garden of your own to water. I know that you love gardening. Although I never met are definitely a precious little girl. I never even thought I would of known anyone who died on September 11th but there was one person I knew.. his name was Francis Grogan a Priest of a Catholic church I went to as a teen he was on flight 175 that hit one of the towers. It saddens me to see so many of you who have passed due to such a horrible tragedy. I was able to visit a couple of years ago the One World Trade center and the beautiful fountains with all your names on it I found yours Christine and Francis Grogan's name there.. May God be with you all. And give you eternal life and peace.
Jenette Terrazas
September 10, 2014
Thinking of Christine and her parents as we approach September 11th. Rest in peace.
September 9, 2014
Soo sad at very young age rip
Anthony Geinopolos
September 2, 2014
Good bless you mr. Hansen and your family you were a very brave young man you will live again one day you are with heavenly father now.
suzan cooper
September 2, 2014
Good bless you mr hansen and your beautiful family you were a very brave young man you wanted to live but you will have a chance again your with heavenly father now and he will take care of you.
September 2, 2014
Good bless you and your family you were a very brave young man you had a beautiful little girl you wanted to live but you will have a chance again you are with heavenly father now.
January 4, 2014
I saw your name by a picture of Memorial 9/11 Museum because i live in Rome, Italy. My heart as guide my eyes because i've learned that your birthday is the same of my child Linda. I guess you are our Guardian Angel now and God knows how much we need of you . R.i.p. Christine with all my heart. May you found in Paradise the peace we haven't on the earth.
carla vandi
October 22, 2013
I was the same age as Christine on 9/11. I couldn't remember anything or what was going on. I had a neighbor who worked in the Pentagon when it got hit. He saw me and my father and kissed my hand because I fell on it while riding my tricycle. My father taped that precious moment when a man who almost died kissed my hand. 12 years later, I am 14 years old and on 9/11 I always think of Christine and how she would be like me if she were alive. Rest in Paradise Christine.
Jen Hlavay
September 24, 2013
Bless your heart you will always be remembered I'm sorry you had to leave so fast I know your safe in heavenly fathers arms now I also know you wanted to live but one day you will for now you are with your mommy and daddy who loved you so. Rest in peace.
susan cooper
September 12, 2013
Oh sweetie, I'm so sorry this happened to you and your family. I hope that you are enjoying heaven <3 We will never forget.
September 12, 2013
We will never forget you!
September 11, 2013
Rest In Peace
Brenda Inda
September 11, 2013
My prayers will remain with your family! You may be gone but never forgotten
April Bello
September 11, 2013
Thinking of your family today with a heavy heart. I'll hug my family tighter and longer for you. What a beautiful wake you have left behind
wendy w
September 11, 2013
Thinking of you again this year, little one. Prayers and love to your family...
Jessica English
September 11, 2013
Rest in peace pretty little girl rest in peace.. with your mom and dad.
"All through the night"
"Sleep my child and peace attend thee,
All through the night.
Guardian angels God will send thee,
All through the night.
Soft and drowsy hours creeping,
Hill and dale in slumber sleeping.
I my loved ones' watch am keeping,
All through the night.
Hark a solemn bell is ring
Clear through the night
Thou, my love, art heavenward winging,
Home through the night.
Earthly dust from off thee shaken.
Soul immortal shall be waken
With thy last dim journey taken
Home through the night!
Rest in peace dear Christine and family
Jenette and Moses Terrazas
January 27, 2013
Emmanuel Rodriguez
September 13, 2012
We visit the Groton Public Library weekly and I always stop to remember you at your beautiful garden and playground. We will never forget.
Kim McNeil
September 12, 2012
I do not remember much of 2001. I was only in Kindergarten. You are such a beautiful little girl. I did not kow you but it still brings tears to my eyes. My heart goes out to all the firemen, police, victims, and all of their family and friends. May God please you each and eveyday.
Brianna H
September 11, 2012
Your Beautiful:) You have made a difference in my life learning about you. I love you.
Thalia Torres
September 11, 2012
You had never met me, but have taught me how to hold my children even tighter than before. I think of you often. Never forget, always remember.
September 11, 2012
Looking at the face of this innocent child, tears sprung up to my eyes. You were the most beautiful child I have ever seen. It angers me and saddens me your life ended 11 years ago. When I heard about the horrific news, I was 6 years old and coloring a picture of a horse. I remember my teachers face showing utter shock and horror. Then, I didn't understand the severity 9/11 caused. Now every day since, my heart goes out to all the victims and families, firefighters, and police officers who risked their own life for saving lives. I pray for comfort and peace and God Bless.
Janie Rudloff
September 11, 2012
September 11, 2012
Peter and Family - I remember you working with my mom when I was a kid. I remember meeting your daughter when I went to work with my mom that summer. I cannot remember if I ever met Sue though... Tuesday, September 11, 2001 was still within my first full week of middle school. It was one of the first mornings I sat in 6th grade home room. I remember being terrified, still, of the new things to come. Then I remember hearing teachers talking in the hall way - i heard bits and pieces of "maybe a bomb" "nope it was a plane" and then I remember the loudspeaker coming on and the principal saying that America was under attack. I remember fearing for my life. But I remember being stuck in school all day - and feeling guilty for not being able to help. It wasn't until later that afternoon when I came home that I saw my mom on the phone with one of her colleagues that you worked with as well. Hearing them cry and seeing them so upset and devestated. I inquired with my mom and she told me the news. I couldn't believe that such sweet innocent people had just perished in such a saddened way. You lived your lives to the fullest, and in turn, inspired me to write my first poem 2 days later that would later be published in several newspapers and many websites. I was only 11 - and yet your family inspired me. you will never be forgotten, especially by me. Thank you for everything. Love, Light, and Peace -
Lindsay Ferraro
September 11, 2012
Another year gone by, but I'm still committed to the promise I made over a decade ago. I'm in Washington DC now, trying to make even more of a difference. Sleep well beautiful girl, and know that I'm doing everything I can to prevent another tragedy such as this.
Nicholas Whitten
September 11, 2012
My daughter just turned 2...and though I had read of Christine before, her story now takes a special place in my heart. Such a tragic loss of a beautiful little girl and her wonderful parents. You are not forgotten.
September 10, 2012
Beautiful little angel! May god have you in his glory with your mommy and daddy! I've cried si much and didn't even know you. But my heart goes out to your family. It's been 11 years but the pain is still there for all of those innocent people who passed. May god be with all their families too!
Julissa Del Gaudio
September 2, 2012
I pray for your family hope they found peaces you will be always be in your parents hearts heavenly father jesus took your family in his arm
Kari Thomas
March 20, 2012
Beautiful Face From a Beautiful Place
Found up in heaven with all of her grace
Mandyy Hayes
February 16, 2012
I often think of the victims of 9/11 and very so often think of Christine even though I did not know any of them. You have all touched many many lives, including mine. You will never be forgotten. RIP all of you!
Katie F
September 19, 2011
Even though I did not know you I visited the Memorial and made sure to say a prayer for you little Angel and your Mommy & Daddy. RIP beautiful girl.
Marie G
September 18, 2011
This is too hard to understand why such and innocent child and her parents were taken away from this world from such a horrible tradegy. May God take care of their families. And may God soon allow all those who died on 9/11 to see their love ones again. May Christine, her mom and dad rest in peace.
Jenette Terrazas
September 14, 2011
I don't know this family, but I have the same name(Peter). I't just broke me heart, and makes me think that NOBODY! Is FORGOTTEN! If I could just request a song to the Hanson Family. People Get Ready. Rod Stewart. May the light shine.Blessed By God.
Pete Cline
September 14, 2011
rest in peace, beautiful angel.
Megan Peason
September 13, 2011
We will never forget...Rest in Peace little one..
Maria Vazquez
September 11, 2011
We will never forget. God Bless.
J Carter
September 11, 2011
Thinking of you Christina, and your mom and dad. We will never forget ?.
September 11, 2011
Littlest Angel for 10 years I have carried your memory in my heart. I can imagine you now, being 12, full of energy and with those beautiful eyes and smile. just not here... somewhere better than this place. I will never forget you.
Olivia Soto
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