Patricia “Pat” Hansen, a longtime resident of Sinking Spring and Wyomissing Pennsylvania passed away peacefully in her sleep on Thursday October 6th, 2022, at the age of 91 years and 10 months. Pat had recently relocated to The Heritage of Green Hills and was in the process of adjusting to her beautiful new apartment. Many thanks to the caring staff at the Heritage for all their hard work and kindness.
Born January 26, 1931, in Boston Massachusetts, Pat was an only child of Willy and Martha Theussert, recent immigrants from Eastern Germany. Growing up in a suburb of Boston during WWII with parents having pronounced German accents was not a task for the faint of heart. Pat developed a resilient and industrious personality that she would later instill in her 6 children: Lee, Chris, Mark, Dana, Lauren and Lisa. The late Frederick W. Hansen and Pat raised their 6 children to be independent and hardworking and each in turn instilled these same values into Pat’s 12 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
Pat enjoyed being creative if it was for practical purposes although she would occasionally create things “for nice”. Her home was filled with tasteful art from around the world as well as her own hand produced watercolors and quilts. Pat had a creative eye for colors and was a skilled home decorator and seamstress. Always keen to sharpen her mind, Pat embraced the Internet from the very beginning and used the medium to research and explore any topic that was imaginable. A student of the world, Pat was curious and interested in everything all the time. Able to converse about a myriad of topicsPat will be sorely missed for her savvy assessment skills and wide range of knowledge and quick wit, she never missed Jeopardy and was a faithful viewer till the very end.
Pat was an avid gardener and voracious reader, well know to the local libraries, usually reading up to 4 novels simultaneously while keeping each storyline straight. Pat was also bilingual speaking fluent German and English although few people outside her family were aware of this fact. A lifelong believer in higher education Pat attended college for many years at several different institutions taking one class each semester. Beginning in the early 1970’s, Pat graduated Cum Laude from Alverniain 1991 with a BA in Accounting at the “young at heart” age of 60!
Pat and Fred raised their large family with love and efficiency. Pat was not only a wife/mother and lifelong student: she also worked a fulltime job her entire career. Pat began her career at the Watertown Arsenal in Watertown Massachusetts as a keypunch operator entering data to be used by one of the earliest computers, a Univac. Pat continued working in the office for various companies at a number of different positions and eventually retired as a Senior Staff Accountant for IZOD-Gant in Reading Pennsylvania.
Before and after retirement at age 70 Pat thoroughly enjoyed volunteering at many local agencies including The Reading Hospital, Meals on Wheels, Berks Literacy and the Red Cross. Pat often remarked that volunteer work was the most rewarding work of all and encouraged many others to seek the same level of satisfaction that she obtained.
A Remembrance of Life service will be held at the Giles & Yeckley Funeral Home, 21 Chestnut Street, Mohnton, on Wednesday October 12, 2022 at 3:00 PM. Friends may visit with the family to offer condolences from 2:00 to 3:00 PM.
A luncheon immediately afterward is planned, and all are encouraged to attend and enjoy some camaraderie and remembrance on Pat’s dime. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Berks County Library Systems.