Gail Irene Hanson

Born: Thu., Nov. 14, 1946
Died: Fri., Mar. 22, 2013


Celebration of Life

11:00 AM Mon., Mar. 25, 2013
Location: First Congregational Church


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Gail Irene Hanson was born into this world on November 14, 1946, the middle child of Harvey and Irene Hanson. Gail graduated from Paw Paw High School in 1963 at age 16, Kalamazoo College at age 20, and law school at age 23.

She married her husband Frank Hanson on August 5, 1967. They attended law school together where Gail won many awards for academic excellence. At age 23, Gail passed the Michigan Bar Exam and moved to South Haven to begin her career as an attorney. Gail had the good fortune to be partnered with Harold Neal and David Grier. By their example, Gail learned the highest standard of professional excellence, ethical and moral values, and the care and compassion that served her clients for 42 years.

During the years when she raised her two children, she served as a scout leader, Sunday school teacher, and a founding member of the middle school science fair. She continued to work full time throughout these busy years all while being a loving and supportive wife. She beat cancer 16 years ago after surgery and radiation. When she learned that cancer had returned and spread throughout her body in October, 2012, she expressed gratitude and blessings for the past 16 years. Her family, friends, and clients were, and always will be blessed to have known her. She has moved on, but this world and the next will be better because of her. In her last days and knowing the end was near, Gail wrote memoires to each of the three men in her life each titled, “It’s been a wonderful life.” You will be greatly missed good wife, good mother, and good friend. Life for us left behind will never be quite as bright but we will persevere as you would want, but look forward to our reunion in a life ever after.

Surviving are her husband – Frank, sons – Franklin “Jay” (Tracy) Hanson Jr. of South Haven and Christopher Hanson of Tampa, Florida; granddaughter – Madelyn Irene Hanson of South Haven; sisters – Joan (David) Kraklau of St. Joseph, Barbara (William) Meek of Naples, Florida; brother-in-law – James (Rachel) Sankofski; Sister-in-law – Jane (Aaron) Strebeck of South Haven; Special relatives – Bill and Margaret Torp, caregiver extraordinaire – Beth Verity, Joanne, the Kathys, Dot, Marilyn, Janet, Rita, Martha, several nieces and nephews, along with several hundred well wishers as evidenced by the cards and flowers she received over the past few months.

A celebration of life will be held Monday, March 25 at 11:00 A.M. at the First Congregational Church where family will celebrate a life well lived. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Gail’s memory to the West Michigan Cancer Center of Kalamazoo - Attn: Development, 200 North Park Street, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 49007 or the South Haven Historical Association - 355 Hubbard Street, PO Box 552 South Haven, MI 49090. 

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Barry Shanley
   Posted Fri March 22, 2013
Frank and family, so sorry to hear this news, for you and for South Haven. We all are grateful such an outstanding human being was with us all these years.

Karyn Adler Fasel
   Posted Fri March 22, 2013
We're keeping all of you in our thoughts ~ The Adler/Fasel Family

Dot Farrell
   Posted Fri March 22, 2013
Frank, Chris and Jay: My heart breaks for the three of you for your loss but also rejoices in the knowledge that Gail is no longer suffering. She was a joy to work with and will be greatly missed in the office, as she has been in the past several months. Many rough days are ahead. Gather with friends and family to share the beautiful memories of Gail that you have so many of. I will miss her.

David Shay and Amelie
   Posted Fri March 22, 2013
Very sorry to hear the news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Joyce Weber
   Posted Sat March 23, 2013
Frank, Jay, Chris and family,
I was saddened to read about Gail's passing. She was a remarkable woman. I thought very highly of her. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Betty Toliusis Rierson
   Posted Sat March 23, 2013
My sincerest sympathy to Frank and all of Gail's family. My heart breaks for your loss. She was such an amazing friend, beautiful inside and out, smart and kind. I will never forget the wonderful times we had in our youth and our get together lunches at the Idler. I will never forget her, she will always be in my heart. Sincerely Betty

Christine Robinson
   Posted Sat March 23, 2013
My deepest sympathies to the whole Hanson family...Gail was a wonderful help to my family over the past years, and her talents and heart were greatly appreciated. Prayers of peace and comfort to you all.

Christopher Gill
   Posted Sat March 23, 2013
On behalf of the staff, residents and families of Countryside and myself, our deepest sympathy to the Hanson family. We feel blessed to have cared for Gail and gotten know her along the way. What a wonderful person she was! Her concern for others, her generous spirit and pursuit of justice is admirable. Rest in peace Gail. Wishing Frank and family God's peace in this time of loss.

Susan Butler
   Posted Sat March 23, 2013
Frank and Family, So sorry to hear the news. Our love goes out to you. Gail was a remarkable, courageous, beautiful lady and will be greatly missed!



Kristine Meek
   Posted Sat March 23, 2013
Beautiful obituary for a beautiful and brilliant person. My love and prayers are with you all.

Dorothy Appleyard
   Posted Sat March 23, 2013
Frank and Family: We are so sorry to hear of Gail's passing. Our thoughts are with you and the entire Hanson family. Gail was an amazing woman, wife, mother and community leader. She will be missed by everyone who knew her.














tony canonie jr
   Posted Sat March 23, 2013
Frank and family, we Canonie's are deeply saddened over the loss of Gail. She was a great friend to our clan for decades. There are so many wonderful memories, going back to the practice with Harold, right up to you and Gail sponsoring Lindsey here in Michigan. I just found out moments ago, and am heartbroken. Our family will be leaving tomorrow for Easter, so I won't be able to attend. Rest assured, Gail will be on our minds, and your family in our prayers, old friend. May God help you through the grieving process. Tony Canonie Jr.

Brett and Carol Stanger
   Posted Sat March 23, 2013
Frank and family,
We are so sorry to hear of Gail's passing. She was such a part of our family and will be missed so much!!! I can imagine the reunion with Dad and her and the talks they'll have!!! Makes me smile at such a sad time. LoveCarol and Brett Stanger

Gunn Berit and Hans Christian
   Posted Sun March 24, 2013
It is with a grieve we recieved the message about Gails death. We sends our condolences to Frank and his family on the behalf of all the Norwegian family.

Sandra Hunt Walter
   Posted Sun March 24, 2013
Dear Frank, JAY, and Christopher, I send my heartfelt condolences for the passing of your beloved wife/mother. Gail wore a certain smile, with a quality to it - radiance and depth. A smile that blessed my day. I am grateful to have known this beautiful woman. Sending prayers of comfort and blessings to each of you from Tucson, Arizona.
Sandra Hunt Walter

harold Neal Jr.
   Posted Sun March 24, 2013
Dear Frank & family,

We are shocked to hear the news. Frank, you and Gail did so much for our family over the years but especially after the passing of Dad. I learned so much about Estate planning from Gail and she was always patient with my questions.

Dad were thrilled to have you both as partners but most of all they thought of you as their own kids. I still love French Onion soup after our visit to Monteral. With Sad Regards, Harold & Marij Neal

Jim and Joan Campbell
   Posted Sun March 24, 2013
As parents of Brad Campbell we saw Gail at showers given for Kerry. She was kind to us. Our prayers are with her immediate and extended family.
Joan and Jim Campbell

Rita Stieve-Behrman
   Posted Sun March 24, 2013
A Beautiful Lady
A Kind Soul
A True friend
You will be missed.
Peace to the family

Noel Rydecki
   Posted Sun March 24, 2013
Frank, Jay & Chris -

Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your wife and mother. Some of my greatest childhood memories were with you guys and your family, from being chased by Sparky and weekend hangouts at the Hanson house to traveling around SW Michigan from tennis tournament to tennis tournament. Gail was an amazing individual and role model, an advocate for the law and one of the biggest fans ever to grace the stands of a sporting event.

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

God bless,
Noel Rydecki

Barb (Steele) Arends
   Posted Sun March 24, 2013
Frank & Family- I worked for Gail many years ago but considered her my friend. The last time I talked to her she was very excited about becoming a grandmother. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Sincerely, Barb Arends

Barry & Diane Skuza
   Posted Sun March 24, 2013
Frank and family, We were so saddened to hear about Gail. She was a lovely, intelligent woman who we were very fond of. May your loving memories bring you peace and comfort during the days ahead.

Judith Pranschke Adelman
   Posted Mon March 25, 2013
So sorry to hear of Gail's passing. We were friends in grade school and I always valued her true friendship. She was a kind, thoughtful friend. I wish we had kept in touch. Judi

Jon Dorow
   Posted Mon March 25, 2013
Frank and Jay,

I am so sorry to hear of Gail's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you during this difficult time. I will miss my talks with Gail greatly and I know God has a special place for her.

Diane Vinoski
   Posted Mon March 25, 2013
To Gail's family,

I am so sorry to hear of Gail's passing. Gail was an awesome lady, great sense of humor with a smile on her face always! She will be missed.

Joe and Lynda Warshawsky
   Posted Mon March 25, 2013
Frank, Jay and Family please accept our heartfelt condolences. Gail will be missed very much in our community. She was a wonderful vibrant giving person.

Paul Moreno
   Posted Mon March 25, 2013
I was very saddened to hear of Gail’s passing. I will always remember her as that angelic young girl I grew up with and attended school with so many years ago in Paw Paw, Michigan. Gail always remained true to her small town values and whenever we meant she always had kind and encouraging words. Although Gail has left us for her final reward I am sure she has made the world a better place by her example.

Dave Hamlin
   Posted Mon March 25, 2013
Frank I was taken by surprise to hear of Gail's passing. The Hamlin family wishes to express our sincerest prayers for your family during this sad time.

Erica Bush
   Posted Mon March 25, 2013
Thoughts and prayers are with your friends and family.

David and Chris Rumiez
   Posted Mon March 25, 2013
Frank and Family, our thoughts and Prayers are with you all now and always. May God Bless and watch over you, David and Chris

Jim & Sue Lambert, Vicki Rodden & Family, Judy & Larry Quake
   Posted Mon March 25, 2013
Frank, Jay, Chris and family,

So sorry to hear of Gail's passing over. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today, and we know Gail will remain with you in spirit.

Janet Lynam
   Posted Mon March 25, 2013
I am so sorry to hear of Gail's passing. I remember meeting her as a teenager while I was working at Fishel's for her in-laws. She impressed me so much and continued to as years went by. My condolences to the whole family.

Val and Emmett Cosgrove
   Posted Mon March 25, 2013
Hanson Family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God give you strength and comfort; and may memories give you peace and joy.

Doug and Dee Till
   Posted Mon March 25, 2013
Frank, please know that you are in our prayers. Gail was a wonderful person and she will be greatly missed.

Gary Scott
   Posted Tue March 26, 2013
Frank, I was saddened to hear about Gail only this Monday morning. You and Gail were always such good friends to me and Sue over the years.

Gary

Dorothy Cutshaw
   Posted Tue March 26, 2013
I am sending my deepest sympathies to you and your family and I know how difficult these times can be. Also, on behalf of the SHHS Class of '62, we send our prayers and thoughts. Please know that so many of your classmates are thinking about you.

Brian Horan
   Posted Tue March 26, 2013
Frank and Family very sorry for ur loss. Our prays an thoughts ar with U

Brian Horan
   Posted Tue March 26, 2013
Frank and Family very sorry for ur loss. Our prays an thoughts ar with U

Carol A Jensen
   Posted Tue March 26, 2013
May I add my deepest condolences to the many. I am sorry I just heard about this. Gail was a special woman, mother, lawyer, citizen. Her memory will live on. God bless you all.

Tom Greiffendorf
   Posted Wed March 27, 2013
Just heard of Gail's passing last night. I only knew her through our business dealings, but was always comfortable to work with her on legal matters for our family. She was very professional with an equal portion of honesty. Gail and her family were in our prayers last night. Rest in Peace Gail.

Chet Kapusinski
   Posted Wed March 27, 2013
So very sorry to hear of Gail's passing. I hardly knew her, a fellow Paw Paw High school class of '63 classmate, but I remember her always having warm smile whenever we passed each other in the halls. I wish I had known her better.

George and Patt Welder
   Posted Wed March 27, 2013
Our sympathy to the family. Her integrity, personality and strength will live in our memory. Gail will be greatly missed by us as an attorney, as a support and as a friend.

Chuck & Belinda Sherman
   Posted Thu March 28, 2013
Frank and Family We were so saddened to hear about Gail's passing. She
was a great lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Casey Mahoney
   Posted Sun March 31, 2013
Frank I am so sorry for your loss. Your partner and your friend, a mother and a wife, a member of her community, she gave to all. Love of those around you give you strength.
Casey Mahoney & Company

Barbara Burns Wetzel
   Posted Mon April 01, 2013
I am so sorry to hear of Gail's passing. Gail was my first friend upon arriving in Paw Paw High School during our Junior year. She was a special friend, warm and welcoming, and I'll always remember her wonderful spirit. My prayers are with Gail and her family. Love and friendships never die, no matter how quickly time passes by. Rest in peace dear friend.

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