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Jean Hansen, 89, of Newburyport, extraordinary partner to her husband, Norman Hansen, for more than 66 years, passed away on December 8, 2016, at her home, surrounded by family.
Jean’s life was one of love, dedication and faith -- love of her family, friends, and community, dedication to those less fortunate, and faith in an everlasting life. Throughout her life, Jean exemplified grace and selflessness. We are blessed to have had her touch our lives and the world is a better place because Jean walked among us. 
Never financially wealthy, Jean believed she lived a charmed life. Born to Irish immigrant parents, Jean grew up on City Island, a quaint seaside community in the Bronx, N.Y., which is where she met and married Norman in 1950. After raising their three children in Connecticut, Jean and Norman moved Massachusetts in 1975.
For 15 years, Jean and Norman together ran New England Printer & Publisher, a regional trade magazine, known not only for its informative articles, but also for the gorgeous photographs of New England, which graced the magazine’s monthly covers. Working together as partners, Jean and Norman’s lives became intertwined in every respect. 
Later in life, Jean and Norman were able to travel extensively both domestically and internationally, which enriched their lives tremendously.
Throughout her life, Jean was dedicated to enriching the lives of others through her leadership roles in both church and community organizations.
Jean and Norman’s relationship was truly a love story for the ages. Their grandson, Jamie, and his new wife, Justine, recently wrote, “When it comes to happy marriages, seeing the two of you reminds us of how wonderful spending our lives together will be.”
Jean is survived by Norman and their children, Kathy Hansen of New York City, Susan Pramberg of Newton, N.H., and Stephen Hansen of Brooklyn, N.Y.; as well as their grandchildren, Jamie and Reilly Scull, Andrew Hansen, and Julia and Michael Pramberg. Jean’s memory will be cherished not only by her family, but also by the countless friends whose lives she graced.
A memorial service will take place at Belleville Congregational Chapel, 300 High Street, Newburyport, 01950, on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, at 11 a.m. A luncheon reception celebrating Jean’s life will follow at the church stage room. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Jean’s name may be made to the Belleville Congregational Church Building Fund.
Published on  December 9, 2016
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