JoAnne Christine Hansen

August 18, 2023
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Stanley, NY/Normal, IL- JoAnne Christine Hansen, age 62, passed away peacefully, in Bloomington, Illinois, on Friday, August 18, 2023, with her children by her side.

Friends may call Friday (Aug. 25th) from Noon to 2 p.m. at the Bellona Memorial Presbyterian Church. A Funeral Service will follow at 2 p.m. at the Church. A private burial will be in Bellona Cemetery. Following the funeral service, friends and family are invited to a reception at the Penn Yan Moose Lodge, at 301 E. Elm St.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ontario County Humane Society, 2976 County Rd. #48, Canandaigua, NY 14424; the Humane Society of Yates County, P.O. Box 12, Penn Yan, NY 14527; or the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Rd. SW, Lilburn, GA 30047 or online

JoAnne was the daughter of Ed and Helen Hansen of Stanley, NY. She was a 1979 graduate of Marcus Whitman High School. She received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Plant and Soil Science from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. JoAnne was the Lead Researcher and Horticulturalist with the USDA in Peoria, IL until she decided to become a full-time-mother and homemaker.

JoAnne was always very supportive of her children’s interests and activities. She was active in her church, the Mt. Pulaski Christian Church, when she lived there. JoAnne was an avid dog-lover and had been a dog trainer. She was also a supporter of local animal shelters. JoAnne loved reading.

JoAnne is survived by her son, Brian (Andrea Flores-Toohill) Toohill, daughter, Emily Toohill and their father, Thomas Toohill; fur-babies Barley, Tesla, Roxy and Ziggy; her parents, Ed and Helen Hansen, Sr.; brother, Ed (Dawn) Hansen, Jr.; sister, Laura (Rick) Pedersen; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

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Calling Hours

Bellona Memorial Presbyterian Church

Friday, August 25, 2023
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Bellona Memorial Presbyterian
Pre Emption Road, Geneva
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Funeral Service

Bellona Memorial Presbyterian Church

Friday, August 25, 2023
2:00 PM
Bellona Memorial Presbyterian
Pre Emption Road, Geneva
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Penn Yan Moose Lodge, 301 E. Elm St., Penn Yan, NY

Friday, August 25, 2023
3:30 PM
Loyal Order of Moose
East Elm Street, Penn Yan
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Becky Lee from Geneva NY on Aug. 23, 2023

Sending deepest sympathy to Ed & Helen and family. It's so sad to hear of JoAnne's passing. She was so much fun and full of laughter. May she rest in Peace and May God Bless you all during this time. ???

Ramona Flores from San Bernardino, Ca on Aug. 23, 2023

My name is Ramona Flores, Brian's mother-in- law, and along with my husband Sal, we send our heartfelt condolences to the Hansen/Toohill families. Although we only interacted a few times, to me Joanne was family. I'm glad I had the opportunity to say a few words to her this past Thanksgiving by phone, and everyday since, she was always in my prayers. Rest in Peace Joanne, until we meet again ?

Anthony Gonzalez from San Jacinto, Ca on Aug. 23, 2023

I only met JoAnne once at Brian and my cousin Andrea’s wedding, but she was a very nice woman. Me and my whole family think the world of Brian, he’s one of the best men I’ve ever met. I have to chalk a lot of that up to this woman. As cliche as it sounds she’s in a better place with God in heaven, who wouldn’t want that, especially with how ugly this world is nowadays. Brian I’m praying you emerge from this stronger and if you ever need anyone to talk to, you have my number. It’s really an honor knowing you and I’m thankful your mom gave birth to you and taught you right, for you take care of my cousin Andrea better than anyone ever could. God bless you and your sister and all family members.

Norm & Lois Lee from 6246 7th. Ave. W. ,Bradenton,Fl. 34209 on Aug. 23, 2023

To the Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time! JoAnne was a great gal growing up. Our Families were close when our kids were young! Had many great times! RIP

Andrea Flores-Toohill from Sacramento, CA on Aug. 23, 2023

I'm JoAnne's daughter-in-law, Andrea. I will always remember JoAnne's laugh, her love of animals, chocolate milk, dill pickle potato chips, the NY Yankees, the Buffalo Bills, but most importantly, her love for her children, Brian and Emily. She was so proud of their achievements and so proud to be their mom. She was determined, opinionated, strong-willed, and loving. She always maintained a positive outlook. She was a fierce. She was a fighter until the very end. She raised two incredibly bright and loving children, who will carry on her love for years to come. I am happy that JoAnne is now in a better place. I will miss her very much, but I will carry all of our memories close to my heart forever. Rest in Peace, JoAnne. Love, Andrea

Lana Reuss from Woodstock VT on Aug. 23, 2023

Sincere condolences to you all. May you find comfort in your shared memories of Joanne.
My memories are largely of my summer visits to your farm where JoAnne would take me out to see the barn cats, ride an ATV and custard from a nearby ice cream stand. Thinking of you all.

Jack Acosta from San Jacinto Calif 92682 on Aug. 23, 2023

My wife and I would like to offer the Toohill family our most sincere condolences on the passing of Joanne. We met her once at Brians wedding. May she rest in peace.

Heidi Wilber from Hall, NY on Aug. 24, 2023

My sincere condolences to the Hansen and Toohill families. I was good friends with Joanne in high school. Even though we did see one another much after that time I often think about the fun we had together. May the fact that Joanne is now free from pain and suffering bring you comfort during this difficult time.

Jen Doxtater from Cayuga, NY on Aug. 24, 2023

Joanne was a light in this world. Although I only knew her a brief time, she touched my heart so profoundly. For all the days that I may have helped her, she gave me just as much in return. Her picture still remains right next to my desk since the day she left our area, and I thought about how crazy it was that I thought of her the morning I learned of her passing. I loved her smile, her laugh, and her dancing. I loved our conversations on walks, her funny comments, and her infectious love for her family and the outdoors. I loved that she perked up when she heard my voice and the comfort we found in everything we did. I will always think about her. I will always be grateful to have known her. My love to her beautiful family. I know she is dancing again.

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