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Elizabeth Anne Hansen


Elizabeth Anne Hansen, 92, was a dear wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend who passed away on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Mont.

A visitation will be held Friday, Oct. 14, with family receiving friends from 4-6 p.m. Services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 10 a.m. at St. Raphael's Catholic Church in Glasgow, with burial at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow following services.

She was born on Oct. 11, 1923, in North Tonawanda, N.Y., near Niagara Falls, and she was the youngest of six children. She met her future husband, Magnus, when she was 15 years old and they married soon after her 18th birthday on Oct. 25, 1941. Magnus' brother was married to Betty's sister and they developed a friendship first and then a loving relationship which lasted for more than 70 years before Magnus' passing in 2012.

They moved to Oyster Bay, N.Y., soon after their marriage and eventually to Bayville, N.Y., where they built the house they lived in for over 50 years before moving to St. Marie in 2002.

She loved her family and recounted stories of their accomplishments and achievements as well as carrying around her "Grandma's Brag Booklet" of photos. Her first and most important job was as a wife and mother and she took her responsibilities to heart. She was the class mother for her daughters when they were little, a Girl Scout leader, Garden Club participant and Senior Citizen Club officer when she resided in New York. She worked as a bookkeeper for 18 years at Gristedes Supermarkets in New York. She loved to sew and bake and made jelly from the fruit trees in her yard. While her movements in her later years were not as active as when younger, she was a devout Catholic and said her rosary daily.

She was preceded in death by her husband Magnus; three sisters, Helen Waild, Ethel Maines, Marion Peabody; and two brothers, Reginald Pineo and Austin Pineo.

She is survived by her four daughters, Sandra Alexander, Diana Hansen, Linda Fiorillo and her husband, John, and Nilla Hansen; seven grandchildren, John Watson, James Watson and his wife, Lori, Kathryn McCarthy and her husband, John, Richard Townsend, Brian Townsend and his wife, Cheryl, David Brown and his wife, Yo, and Steven Fiorillo and his wife, Daniela; and three great-granddaughters, Brittany Watson, Sydney Watson and Brianna Townsend.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations go to the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in her name. Donations should be sent to FMD Hospital Foundation, 621 3rd Street South, Glasgow, MT 59230.


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