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 had expired.
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.