Louise A. Hansen

Feb. 11, 1918 - Dec. 30, 2013
Louise A. Hansen: Feb. 11, 1918 - Dec. 30, 2013

       Louise Alice Hansen, who appreciated good books and visited libraries all over the East End to find them, died at home in Springs on Monday. She was 95, and her health had been in decline.

       Mrs. Hansen, who had a degree in finance from Hunter College, worked for the Chubb Insurance Company in bonds and claims for 42 years, at first in New York City and later in Short Hills, N.J. She and her husband, George Hansen, moved here 30 years ago after they retired. Mr. Hansen died in 1991.

       An independent woman who liked to get out and about, Mrs. Hansen rode the local buses on her way to libraries and shops from Southampton to Greenport, and “knew all the bus drivers and their families,” her family said. Her reading tastes varied widely, but she particularly enjoyed mysteries. The family said she was an accomplished home cook who also loved to eat out.

       She was born in Brooklyn on Feb. 11, 1918, a daughter of Henry Schaefer and the former Rose Rirdah. After attending Brooklyn schools and graduating from Hunter, she was married on Dec. 3, 1943.

       A son, George Hansen of East Hampton, survives, as does one grandchild and two great-grandchildren.

       A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in East Hampton. Memorial donations have been suggested for the Springs Fire Department, 179 Fort Pond Boulevard, East Hampton 11937. The family said Mrs. Hansen much appreciated the work of the department’s volunteers.