Mary Katherine Dill Hansen, 83, passed away on Monday, October 15th at her home in Valparaiso, FL. Mary had been a resident of Valparaiso since the late 1950s. In addition to being an Air Force spouse, Mary held a variety of jobs throughout her life, including working for Vanity Fair/Russell Mills, and many local and military businesses, but her most important job was being a mother to her three daughters. She was also a devoted Babu to her four grandchildren.
Mary was born in Maple Ridge, Pennsylvania to Joseph Dill and Anna Michlo on May 22, 1935. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Joseph and Kevin and sister Dorothy, her husband Edward Hansen, and her three daughters, Patricia Wilt, Debra Coon, and Nancy Mulberry.
She is survived by her sisters Joanne Felix, Helen Rullo, and Ann Schossler and brothers Andrew and Michael Dill, many nieces and nephews , and her cousins Cathy, Maria, and Patty. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Jason Knight (Bridget), Garrett Knight (Angela), Kevin Wilt, and Katherine Mulberry, honorary grandson, Christopher Staples, and great-grandchildren Jaiden, Skyler, Zachary, Destinee, Mya, and Luke.
She was a proud member of the AMVETS 78 auxiliary club and a devoted parishioner of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church on Eglin Air Force Base. She loved her church family and rarely missed a Sunday morning mass. She greatly appreciated the kindness of the staff at the Eglin AFB commissary and all of her close friends, former co-workers, and neighbors, especially Beverly and Rosie.
Services are as follows: 5-7pm visitation at McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home in Niceville on Thursday, Oct. 18th and the funeral mass will be held at 1pm at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Niceville on Friday, Oct. 19th, with interment at Sunset Cemetery immediately following the funeral mass.
Mary’s family would like to thank Father Toledo and Susan Huberty of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church at Eglin AFB and the staff of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Niceville.
We love you, Babu, and miss you already.