RoseMary Hanson

RoseMary Hanson

January 2, 1938 – December 15, 2023

VIGIL SERVICE: Friday, December 22, at 9:30 a.m., St. Mary Catholic Church, 2302 Crawford St., Bellevue, NE, followed by MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: 10:30 a.m. FAMILY INTERMENT: Resurrection Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers those wishing to honor RoseMary’s life can contribute to ALS in the HeartLand (alsintheheartland.org) or the Stephen Center (www.stephencenter.org).


RoseMary (Hornung) Hanson, beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother has passed away from complications associated with ALS in Omaha, Nebraska, on December 15, 2023.

RoseMary brought light, love, humor to those around her and “I can do it with a touch of class” to all she did. Born and raised in Steubenville, Ohio, she was the third of six children born to Paul and Mary Hornung. Her many memories of growing up included lifeguarding at the city pool and working at the family bakery.

RoseMary was a graduate of Central Catholic High school in Steubenville. She left Ohio to start her career at flight attendant school with American Airlines. While at American Airlines, she met her husband of 40 years, Gene Hanson. Gene joined the Air Force and became a fighter pilot and he and RoseMary started their family with the birth of Cathy in 1962. The quintessential Air Force wife spent many years managing their home and young family while Gene attended flight school and served tours in Vietnam. The family was eventually stationed at Offutt Air Force base in Bellevue, Nebraska, where the family settled to enjoy what Nebraskans call the “good life.”

RoseMary had many interests which included St. Mary’s church in Bellevue, riding horses, long-distance cycling, sewing, book club, share group, gardening and visiting friends and family. She was very active and participated in aerobics at the air base and several long-distance cycling events including Ragbrai, the Katy Trail, BRAN and Tour de Nebraska.  She volunteered at the Stephen Center for several decades by helping in the kitchen and serving. She often spent the winter in Arizona so she could keep up her active lifestyle.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Mary; brother, Jack. She is survived by her brother, Paul Hornung of Steubenville, Ohio; sisters: Jean Reinman of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Janet Dvorak (and husband Neil Dvorak) of Denver, Colorado, and Carol Stephani of Glendale, Arizona. She is survived by daughters: Catherine Duryea (and her husband, Joseph Duryea), Therese Brader, and Janice Lang (and her husband, Jeff Lang), all of greater Omaha area; eight grandchildren: Alex Duryea (and wife, Rachel Duryea) of Lincoln and Seth Duryea,  JP Duryea,  Elise Duryea, Henry Brader, Rachel Brader, Matilda Lang and Gretchen Lang, all of the Omaha area; three great-grandchildren: Cecil, Linus and Daphne Duryea of Lincoln, Nebraska.

2 Comments

  • C.K. Duryea Posted December 18, 2023 7:15 pm

    Your mom was such a lady. I loved my time spent with RoseMary and, of course, her three daughters. Thinking of you and your families during this time of loss. Sending my love and prayers!

  • Cliff Kunz Posted December 19, 2023 9:01 pm

    Rosemary was an absolutely wonderful person who had such tremendous drive, persevering and commitment. She was a regular part of our workout family for many years and always brought such a light to our sessions. She was truly a kind and loving soul who emulated God’s love. God be with you dear friend until we meet again.

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