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Nancy Elizabeth Hanssen

Easthampton, Massachusetts

Feb 14, 1939 – Aug 20, 2018 (Age 79)

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Nancy E. Hanssen of Easthampton MA, passed away on August 20, 2018. She is survived by her husband, Arthur Ferguson, three children, Elizabeth Hanssen, John Hanssen (Jennifer Cook-Hanssen), and Juliana Hanssen, nine grandchildren (Anna, Elena, James, Jared, Benjamin, Emily, Ellie, Isabel, Jesse), four great-grandchildren (Jasper, Marlowe, Harper, Rowan), and her cherished cat Nellie.

Nancy's lively curiosity led her to explore many interests over her lifetime, acquiring an eclectic collection of skills and lifelong friends along the way. A lover of music, books, babies, dancing, baking, gardening, the outdoors, and so much more, Nancy's engaged presence was an inspiration to family and friends alike.

Nancy was born February 14, 1939 in Brooklyn, NY, the only child of William and Edith (Funschelle) Dillenberg. She was a gifted student who sailed through her studies and graduated from Barnard College at the age of nineteen. Following the birth of her children, Nancy received an MLS degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. For twenty years she worked as an academic librarian at Pratt Institute, Williams College, and Northeastern University. After leaving the library world, Nancy worked for seventeen years as office manager at the Massachusetts Audubon Society's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary in Natick, MA.

Nancy's lifelong affinity for English and American folk dancing led her to Morris dancing with Marlboro Morris & Sword and Clog Morris with Rose Galliard of Sudbury, MA. Nancy's involvement in the New England English country and contra dance community spanned decades, and she was a regular for many years at the Pinewoods dance camp in Plymouth, MA. Nancy also volunteered for folk-related organizations including the Fox Hollow and Old Songs festivals in the Albany, NY, area, the New England Folk Festival, and the Cambridge Revels.

Nancy's warmth and laughter are deeply missed by all.

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Nancy loved traditional dance, music and song and its greater community. She unstintedly and graciously dedicated her time to leading and volunteering for organizations that kept it alive. And I know she also gave her energies to organizations that try to keep our eco system alive. Many thanks! My thoughts go out to her loving partner Arthur Ferguson, her family and the communities that will miss her.

My condolences she will be missed

A lovely person and wonderful dance partner.

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