Carl O. Hanson

June 23, 2019

Carl O. Hanson
U.S. Veteran

US Army

Korean Conflict

of Woburn, 86, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, Sunday, June 23rd. Loving husband of 63 years to Mary Lou (Hession). Devoted father of Kevin Hanson, his companion Patty Lindberg of Woburn, LTC Eric Hanson, USA (Ret.) of Fairfax, VA, Karen Calarese, Peter and his wife Mary C. Hanson, all of Woburn, and the late Lisa Hanson. Dear brother of Jean Nowak of Grand Rapids, MI. Cherished “Papa” of Sean, Lisa, Keith, Jamie, Kyle, Ashley, Nichole, Michelle, Conor, Francesca, Anne, and Hannah; great-grandchildren, Timothy, Ava, Emma, and Caden. A Memorial Service will be held in the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., WOBURN, on Thursday, June 27th, at 7:30 p.m. Calling Hours will be held from 3-7:30 p.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Carl’s memory to the Nashoba Learning Group, INC. 10 Oak Park Dr. Bedford, MA 01730.


Carl Otto Hanson, of Woburn, died peacefully, Sunday, June 23rd, with his family by his side, at the age of eighty-six. He was the beloved husband of 63 years to Mary Lou (Hession) Hanson.

Carl was born in Manistee, Michigan to parents, the late Carl A. and Goldie (Peterson) Hanson. While growing up in Michigan, Carl developed his love for the outdoors. After High School, he sailed the Great Lakes employed by Pittsburg Steel (1950-1954), as a First mate. He was able to sail all five of the Great Lakes, something that he truly enjoyed and treasured. 

In 1954, Carl volunteered into the US Army during the Korean Conflict and served his country proudly for two years, until being honorably discharged.

Carl was a very proud member of Local 537 where he worked as a HVAC pipe fitter. His reputation as a worker was always marked with precision, excellence and attention to detail. He worked long and hard hours throughout his career and was a leader and mentor to those who labored alongside him.

Carl’s greatest love was his family. He instantly fell in love with Mary Lou when he met her more than 63 years ago, and together they created a beautiful life. Carl was a humble, kind, friendly, strong willed and structured man who lived a nearly perfect life. He raised his children in the best possible way, leaving them with wonderful memories for years to come.

After retirement, he continued to live an active lifestyle and enjoyed long bike rides, gardening and caring for his beloved pets. Carl was an avid sports fan and a voracious reader. His favorite pastime was reading a good book, especially those focused on history. He also enjoyed traveling to various places around Europe, including Ireland, Italy and Germany. Most importantly, Carl was a constant presence at all of his grandchildren’s major events throughout the years.

Along with his wife, Mary Lou (Hession), Carl is survived and will be deeply missed by his children, Kevin Hanson, his companion Patty Lindberg of Woburn, LTC Eric Hanson, USA (Ret.) of Fairfax, VA, Karen (Hanson) Calarese, Peter and his wife Mary Hanson, all of Woburn and the late Lisa Hanson. Dear brother of Jean Nowak of Grand Rapids MI. Cherished “Papa” of Sean, Lisa, Keith, Jamie, Kyle, Ashley, Nichole, Michelle, Conor, Francesca, Anne and Hannah and great-grandchildren Timothy, Ava, Emma and Caden. And many nieces and nephews. 

A memorial service will be held in the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Thursday, June 27th at 7:30 PM. Calling Hours will be held from 3-7:30 PM prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Carl’s memory to Nashoba Leaning Group, INC. 10 Oak Park Drive Bedford, MA. 01730.

A Memorial Service will be held in the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St. Woburn, on Thursday June 27th at 7:30 p.m. Calling hours will be held from 3 – 7:30 p.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Carl’s memory to: Nashoba Learning Group, INC. 10 Oak Park Dr. Bedford, MA 01730.

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  1. Tara Lindberg

    I am so sorry for you loss, Carl was such a great man and I feel lucky to have known him in the small capacity that I did. We are thinking of you all!

  2. Dear Mary Lou & Family,

    I just read the sad news about Carl’s passing. He was truly a wonderful kind man. My deepest condolences on your great loss.

    Marie Hill

  3. I came to know Carl through Eric of course but I learned of a life well lived, well loved, and peacefully departed. I’m sure he is fine and watching the RedSox.

  4. Rebecca Tempest

    Dear Mary Lou & Family,

    Deeply sorry to hear of your loss. I remember how much you and Carl provided kind and generous support to my family during the untimely passing of my brother. Please let me know if there is anything that I can do to help you through this difficult time. Again, condolences to you and your entire family.

    Sincerely,

  5. Harry Crockett

    Mary Lou and family, very sad to hear of your loss, while words cannot ease your pain, please know Carl was loved by many and will be deeply missed. My prayers are with you and your family through this difficult time. Harry Crockett

  6. Nancy Sandstedt

    Steve and I are so deeply saddened for the loss of my dear cousin Carl, I always knew him as “Buddy”. He truly loved his family, and tho we didn’t see one another very much, when we did it was always so meaningful.
    We will uphold the family in our prayers, trusting that the GOD of great comfort will surround them with HIS presence during this time of grief and sorrow.
    Our deepest sympathies to Marylou, his children, grands, greats, and those close to him.
    Much love to the family, Nancy

  7. Debbie BONDI O’Neill

    Mary Lou and Peter and rest of your family your husband and father was a very kind man I’m deeply sorry for your loss may he Rest In Peace 🙏✝️✝️

  8. With condolences and prayers for God’s blessings of comfort to the Hanson family of Woburn. As a relatively recent friend of his son, Eric Hanson, I only met “Papa Carl” once in person but it was memorable and he was full of life and humor. From all the stories I’ve heard, it’s clear he was a great man and a big man in the life of his family and will be surely missed, but remembered with great fondness and happiness.

  9. Hanson Family, I’m so sorry for your loss. Papa will be so missed. Praying for your family during this time. Take care

  10. Samantha Cremisio

    Eric and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Please know we send our love and are praying for you all during this difficult time. Sincerely, Samantha, Dale and family.

  11. I am so sorry for your loss I loved papa he was a great guy my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family’s love dish

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