June 2, 1948 – February 7, 2014
Obituaries » PETER B. HANSON
HANSON, PETER BERNARD, 65, of Berlin, took the final journey into the arms of his Lord and savior on February 7, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his family. He was born on June 2, 1948, in Montpelier, the son of Andrew William and Louise (Lyons) Hanson. He attended St. Michael’s Grade School and High School until the school was closed in 1967. He then transferred to Montpelier High School where he graduated in 1968. Peter first worked for Farrell Distributing and later joined the National Life Insurance Co. He worked in the Print Shop for 28 years. Peter married Judy Hopkins on April 26, 1969, at St. Augustine Catholic Church. She predeceased him on January 25, 1987. He later married Theresa Helget on January 9, 1999, at St. Augustine Catholic Church. Peter was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church and the Montpelier Cribbage League. An avid adventurer, Peter traveled to several NASCAR venues. His fondness for sporting events led him to long and proud alliances with the Boston Celtics and Green Bay Packers. More recently, he discovered the excitement involved with pyrotechnics, traveling with his associates throughout the state, bringing fireworks displays to the delight of those attending the events. Peter had a strong commitment to family and friends, lending assistance without question whenever needed. He followed a strong moral compass throughout his life with love and respect for others. Survivors include his beloved wife, Theresa of West Berlin; much-loved stepchildren, Ernest Swenson and wife Sarah of Montpelier, Sandy Swenson of West Berlin, Max Swenson of Las Vegas, Nev., and Deanna LaCasse and husband Tim of Hugo, Minn.; four cherished grandchildren; his siblings, William Hanson and wife Marilyn of Tucson, Ariz., Susan Smaldino of Las Vegas, Nev., Linda Downing of Springfield, Vt., and Penny McCrea of Manitou Springs, Colo.; two uncles, Richard Lyons of Wagoner, Okla., and Donald Lyons of Montpelier; and many nieces and nephews.