Obituaries

Madge Marjorie Peet
– Hyde Park
Madge Marjorie Peet, 83, died peacefully with her loving family by her side in the Vermont Respite House in Williston on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. She was born Dec. 1, 1930, in Elmore, the daughter of Stanley and Ethel McKee Merriam. She attended elementary school in Elmore, and was a 1949 graduate of Peoples Academy. She received her Master’s degree in Education from Johnson Teacher’s College in 1953. Madge was an elementary school teacher for over 30 years, holding positions in Colchester, Springfield, and Hinesburg schools, which also included 28 years at the Chamberlin School in South Burlington. She enjoyed rug hooking, reading, and tending to her flowers. She loved to paint most any type of picture and also enjoyed doing pastel drawings. Her children and grandchildren were the most important part of her life. Among her survivors are stepdaughters, Audrey Horton of Hinesburg, and Mary Fortin and husband, Leo, of Hinesburg. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Vermont Respite House, c/o Visiting Nurse Association, Development Office, 1110 Prim Rd., Colchester, VT 05446.

Ole Molskov Hansen
– Charlotte
Ole Molskov Hansen died peacefully with his loving wife by his side in the Vermont Respite House on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. He had fought a brave battle with esophageal cancer for the past two and a half years. Ole was born on Nov. 1, 1948, in Copenhagen, Denmark, the son of Jon and Gudny Hansen. He grew up in Olstykke, a small town outside Copenhagen. Once he completed his education, Ole decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and learned the skill of piano tuning/rebuilding at Hornung & Muller Piano Company. He had the same tuning instructor as his father had had many years before. After serving in the Danish Army, Ole joined his family who had recently immigrated to Vermont, and worked in the family piano business for 45 years until closing the business one year ago. He married Ann Savela on Aug. 14, 1971. They lived in Charlotte with their two children. He loved to work with his hands, from making home improvements to working on an old Chris Craft boat. He loved to read, especially books of political intrigue by Tom Clancy or Vince Flynn. Ole and Ann also loved to travel. Trips that were particularly enjoyed were to the San Francisco/ northern California area, a canyon tour (Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion), and a trip to France. Ole truly enjoyed his work. To turn an old grand piano back to its original beauty and tone gave him great satisfaction. He brought the joy of music to many families. He is survived by Ann, his wife of 43 years; son, Michael Hansen and companion, Regina Aicher, and grandsons, Ryan and Joshua Hansen; daughter, Bridget Companion and husband, Adam, and granddaughter, Kaia; sister, Annette Hansen and husband, Bob Smith; and sister-in-law, Mary Savela. He also leaves his mother, Gudny Rivers, and extended family in Denmark. He was predeceased by his father; and sister, Lene Thousig. Ole and his family would like to thank all the wonderful doctors and nurses who cared for him over the past two and a half years – in Vermont and at Mass General, and the special angels at Vermont Respite House who took such good care of him. We also want to thank family and friends for their prayers and concern and especially to John and Pat Latimer who helped out with trips to Mass General Hospital in Boston. Join us for a celebration of Ole’s life as we share stories and memories to be held on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, from 1-4pm at the Charlotte Senior Center, 212 Ferry Road, Charlotte. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Program of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, VT 05446. We will miss this warm, gentle, quiet soul – his intelligence and sense of humor.