GILFORD — Martha Sylvia (Fredriksen) Hanson passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, March 8th, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer. With the birthdate of 3/3/44, she had just celebrated her 70th birthday. Martha was the daughter of the late Karl and Sylvia Fredriksen of Roslindale, Mass. Preferring the country to the city, Martha moved to Hanson, Mass. after she married her husband Cliff on May 10, 1970 where they lived for twenty years until they moved to Lake Shore Park on Lake Winnipesaukee in Gilford, N.H. She also treasured her winters in Florida at Rainbow Resort in Frostproof.
Martha graduated from Roslindale High School in 1961, and then went on to graduate from Boston Business School with high honors. She was an excellent stenographer and accomplished at shorthand. For many years she worked as a Medical Secretary at Brockton Hospital in the Physical Therapy Department. Martha also enjoyed working alongside her husband at Walt Disney World in Florida for several years. She was the Recreation Director for 17 years and a former member of the Board of Directors at her beloved Lake Shore Park. She was also actively involved as a member of the Viking Club in Braintree and was formerly a member of The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls and The Debonnaires Drum and Bugle Corps. Martha also sang in the church choir at The Lutheran Church of the Cross in Hanover, Mass. She was very talented and had many hobbies including gardening, arts and crafts, and painting. She was also an avid reader. Following her father's advice, Martha always immersed herself fully in any and every activity or organization in which she was involved.
Family was very important to Martha and Martha was very important to her family. She leaves behind her devoted husband Clifford D. Hanson, her loving children Edward D. Hanson and his wife Megan, Peter G. Hanson of Gilford, as well as her loving grandchildren Justin, David, and Rachel. Much loved sister of Karl O. Fredriksen of Foxboro, Mass., Erik J. Fredriksen and his wife Marilyn of Derry, Vendla O. Margeson and her husband Ernest of Wareham, Mass., Linnea O. Richardson and her husband Craig of Wrentham, Mass. and Karin I. Sullivan and her husband Brian of Hingham, Mass. Martha is also survived by many adoring nieces and nephews. In addition, she leaves the many caring friends she made during her life. Martha was a special person and will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit at the Downing Cottage Funeral Chapel, 21 Pond St., Hingham, Mass. on Friday evening, March 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, March 15 at 11 a.m. at the House of Prayer Lutheran Church, 916 Main St., Hingham, MA 02043.
In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to the House of Prayer Lutheran Church, 916 Main St., Hingham, MA 02043 or to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via www.dana-farber.org/gift .The interment will take place at a later date in Gilford, N.H.