Jeanne Martinelli Hansen (June 7, 1929 - March 5 2015)
Friday, June 12, 2015 2:56 PM
Long time Queen Anne resident, Jeanne Martinelli Hansen was born June
7, 1929 to Ellsworth Martinelli and Kathryn Kirros Martinelli and raised
in the small town of Colfax, California. She excelled at music, both
flute and piano, transferring to the University of Washington School of
Music in 1948. She married organist Edward Hansen in 1953, beginning a
lifetime of teaching, scholarship, and travel, raising three children
along the way. They moved to the house on Queen Anne in 1956.
With toddlers in tow, Jeanne returned to the UW to obtain a Master’s
Degree in Music. Shetaught countless piano students and had a Musical
Pre-school during the 1960s. In the late 60s she joined the faculty and
would later lead the Music Department at Seattle Central Community
College teaching Music History, Chamber Music, flute, and piano. Her
class piano curriculum is still in use today. Traveling the world with
Ed, time with family and friends, working in her garden, and a good
martini (3 olives, please) were special pleasures. She was always on the
lookout for her next adventure, annoyed to the end that her passport
She fought her prolonged illness with tenacity and grace, welcoming her
first great-grandchild just before her death. Thanks to Dr. Vincent
Picozzi and colleagues at Virginia Mason for their care and caring.
Jeanne was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Edward A.
Hansen, and is survived by her sister, Georgia Fox, and children,
Kathryn Del Beccaro, Roberta Hansen Downey (Dan) and Paul Hansen (Janice
Findley), five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. A celebration
of memories and music will be held at Plymouth Congregational Church,
6th and University on June 7th at 6pm. Donations in Jeanne’s name may be
made to the local arts organization of your choice.