Jeanette Baldwin Hansen

1922 - 2015

Jeanette Baldwin Hansen was born February 24, 1922, in Oneonta, the daughter of Edna and Paul Baldwin. Jeanette passed away peacefully in Cooperstown on Thursday, March 5, 2015, at the age of 93.

Jeanette grew up on East Street and graduated from Oneonta High School in 1940. She was a member of the National Honor Society, voted most popular in her class and was Oneonta High's first drum majorette. In 1941 Jeanette graduated from business school in Binghamton and became a secretary at A. O. Dailey & Sons in the Southern Tier, where she met and married her first husband, Harry G. Lampman, Jr. They lived in Albany and Rensselaer before moving to Modesto, California. When he passed away suddenly in 1950 Jeanette moved back to Oneonta.

Jeanette married Wilbur L. Hansen in 1952 and raised their children on Irving Place, spending summers at their camp on Arnold's Lake. In 1969, Jeanette and Bill moved to Cooperstown, purchasing the Greenough house, now known as the 1819 House.

Jeanette was very active in the community. She was a member of the Cooperstown Women's Club and modeled for their fashion shows in the 1970s. She was elected to and served on the Hartwick Town Board. Jeanette was active at the Atonement Lutheran Church while living in Oneonta, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hartwick Seminary after moving to Cooperstown. She also served as an election volunteer at the polls for many years and sold daffodils for the American Cancer Society.

Jeanette and Bill hosted old-fashioned croquet parties at their home over the years, benefitting Pathfinder Village. They swam early in the mornings at Arnold's Lake and Clark Gym for many years. Jeanette also enjoyed playing golf, bowling, playing bridge-which she played with clubs in Oneonta and Cooperstown-and dining out with the Dinner Belles. Jeanette also researched the history of the Greenough house. 

Jeanette led a full, happy life and always put her family first, before anyone or anything -- including herself. Most of all she will be remembered by her children as a great mom, a strong, gracious woman with a positive attitude, and a wonderfully supportive grandmother and great grandmother. "Eat dessert first, life is so uncertain" was a favorite saying that reflected in her love of chocolate.

At the time of her death, Jeanette was a resident of the Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home in Cooperstown. She enjoyed many activities with the residents and staff. The family extends their gratitude to the staff and residents for being a second, loving family.

Jeanette is survived by her four children: Harry G. Lampman of Schenectady, and his sons, Henry (and wife Krystal and their children Sierra and Henry) and Ernie; Paula Lampman Henrich of Cincinnati, Ohio and her children, Kristin, Paul and Shelley; Jon Hansen and his wife, Maureen, of Oneonta; and Bryn Ryan and her husband, Chuck, of Southington, CT, and their children, Shawn (and her daughter Jordan Rosado) and Billy. Jeanette is also survived by her sister Thelma Sternberg of Oneonta; and brother, Wallace Kelley, of California, and several nieces and nephews.

Jeanette was predeceased by Wilbur L. Hansen, who passed away in 2002 -- just several months before they would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. She was also predeceased by her sister, Barbara Baldwin Woodworth.

Friends may call and pay their respects from 4-6 p.m. on Monday, March 9, 2015, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.

A Funeral Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hartwick Seminary, with the Rev. Paul R. Messner, pastor, presiding.  Following the service the family is hosting a reception at The Otesaga Hotel in The Templeton Room.  

Burial will be at a later date in Oneonta Plains Cemetery.  

In lieu of flowers, Jeanette's family respectfully requests that memorial donations be made in her memory to The Thanksgiving Fund for the Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home, 48 Grove Street, Cooperstown, NY  13326, or the Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4636 State Highway 28, Hartwick Seminary, NY 13326, or Hartwick Fire Department Co. No. 1, P.O. Box 86, Hartwick, NY 13348. 

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.

If you would like to send condolences to the family, send an email to Connell, Dow & Deysenroth. We will forward your comments to the family. If you would like to send flowers in memory of the deceased, contact Mohican Flowers at (607) 547-8822, or A Rose is a Rose at (607) 264-3100.