Last week I posted the obituary of Andy's mother, Alice Hansen. It is only appropriate that I follow up with Andy's obituary.
A year before his death Andy was interviewed by Ithaca College Gerontology student Peter Reilly. Peter visited Andy twice a week and then wrote up a paper describing their conversations. But in the course of that assignment, Peter and Andy became good friends. When Peter arrived at Andy's house located on the highest hill in Newfield, he found a 78 year old disabled man who had just lost his wife to cancer, was homebound during cold weather, and who had to have an aide come in twice a week to bath him. But what Peter learned through his assignment was that Andy Hansen had a love of life, animals, God and people. And that is exactly the person we came to know and love. We miss you, Andy.
Obituary for Anders Bennett Hansen
Newfield – Anders Bennett Hansen, a resident of Newfield for almost seventy years (sic) [Andy was 79], died peacefully on Feb. 20, 2001 at his home on Barnes Hill Road. He was born in Edgewater, NJ on November 9, 1921, son of the late Jens J. and Harriett Alice Hardman Hansen. He lived with them and his brother, Harold on Seeley Hill for many years and graduated form Newfield Central School.
He married Natalie Elaine Bonfilio on March 12, 1966 and lived with her on Barnes Hill Road until her death in November 1998. He worked in many farming and lumbering jobs as a young man, also for the Tompkins County Highway Department for more than twenty years, and later for private employers.
He wrote for local newspapers during his long life in Tompkins County, first as the Mule Skinner and more recently, a column called “Looking Back” in the Newfield News. He was writing an article and preparing another at the time of his death.
A memorial service and burial will be announced in the spring. Bangs Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.