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Helene Hans

ALBANY – Helene Hans, 89, died Sunday, August 14, 2011 at home surrounded by her loving family. Helene was born and raised in Albany and lived in the same house all of her life. She was the daughter of James and Catherine Crowley.  Helene graduated from Vincentian Institute and received her BA from St. Lawrence Univ. and her Masters Degree in Library Science from SUNY at Albany. She taught English and was the Librarian at Roxbury Central School and was later employed by the NYS Dept of Tax and Finance.

Helene was pre deceased by her brother James and her sister Veronica.  Helene was the wife of 54 years to the late William C. Hans. She is survived by her children, William A Hans of Albany, Kathleen (Stan) Katz of Saratoga Springs, Michael (Brenda) Hans of Farmington, CT, Therese (Eric) Louis of N. Chelmsford, MA and Patricia (Jack) Murdock of Stephentown. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren: Molly and Lilly Hans,  Michael, Katherine  and Emily Louis,  Matthew, Brendan, Conor,  and Helene Hans, and Margaret, Erin, Anna , and William Murdock.

Helene enjoyed the company of her dear friends, hosting many Monday afternoon bridge games, but truly loved being with her loving family.

The family wishes to express a very special thanks for all the wonderful care provided by the Hospice staff, especially Becky and Tess. and to   Deb and Rose.

Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Wednesday morning at 8:30, and 9:30 in All Saints Church, 1168 Western Ave., Albany.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 4-8 p.m.  Interment will be in Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, NY. In lieu of flowers those who wish may make memorial contributions to Community Hospice, 445 New Karner Rd., Albany, NY 12205 or the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Rd., Albany, NY 12211

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