ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Pete - Brad Hansen, 66 years old, born on June 14, 1954, and passed away on August 1, 2020. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Jessica Koloini on February 9, 2021
Growing up, I always looked forward to time with Uncle Pete. My memories with him are full of so much laughter. Whether he was making us banana pancakes, playing cards or telling us a funny story about Mom, Aunt Cheryl, and Aunt Michele when they were kids, we always enjoyed time with him.

As we grew older, I learned more about how he overcame so many incredible challenges in his life. From his military service to a harrowing motorcycle accident when he was younger, to the various addictions he overcame, he was such an inspiration to all of us. Even before he passed, he was doing everything he could to be healthy and live his best life.

Uncle Pete is an awesome example of how strong willed all of the Hansen children can be when they put their mind to something. After joining Weight Watchers, he quickly excelled and lost his goal weight in record time. He kept going to meetings and was politely told he really didn’t need to do that anymore! Regardless, he consistently reminded all of us how many points were in the food we were consuming at family functions! I never knew Sesame Chicken had 25 points - some people’s daily allotment - until Uncle Pete educated us!

We are forever grateful that he found such lasting love when he met Lily. Though they met later in life, it was clear to all that she was the love of his life. Lily’s children truly became like Uncle Pete’s own, including the precious grandchildren who he loved so dearly. Some of our greatest family memories as adults are when Uncle Pete, Aunt Lily, Aunt Cheryl, Buff, Matt and Ola came to visit our family in TX for Christmas. Mom, Aunt Cheryl and Uncle Pete were so happy being together and Uncle Pete truly glowed from having Lily with his family.

Even in his death, Uncle Pete was so brave and selfless. Hearing what families go through with this type of death has been heart breaking, but experiencing it firsthand was gut wrenching. We couldn’t be prouder of our family, including Lily and Andrea, and all that they weathered together. I know Uncle Pete would be so proud of his sisters and wife.
Posted by Cheryl, Dawn, Michele Han... on February 6, 2021
This is a tribute to our beloved brother who passed away of Covid 19. He will always be on our minds and forever in our hearts. 

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Posted by Jessica Koloini on February 9, 2021
Growing up, I always looked forward to time with Uncle Pete. My memories with him are full of so much laughter. Whether he was making us banana pancakes, playing cards or telling us a funny story about Mom, Aunt Cheryl, and Aunt Michele when they were kids, we always enjoyed time with him.

As we grew older, I learned more about how he overcame so many incredible challenges in his life. From his military service to a harrowing motorcycle accident when he was younger, to the various addictions he overcame, he was such an inspiration to all of us. Even before he passed, he was doing everything he could to be healthy and live his best life.

Uncle Pete is an awesome example of how strong willed all of the Hansen children can be when they put their mind to something. After joining Weight Watchers, he quickly excelled and lost his goal weight in record time. He kept going to meetings and was politely told he really didn’t need to do that anymore! Regardless, he consistently reminded all of us how many points were in the food we were consuming at family functions! I never knew Sesame Chicken had 25 points - some people’s daily allotment - until Uncle Pete educated us!

We are forever grateful that he found such lasting love when he met Lily. Though they met later in life, it was clear to all that she was the love of his life. Lily’s children truly became like Uncle Pete’s own, including the precious grandchildren who he loved so dearly. Some of our greatest family memories as adults are when Uncle Pete, Aunt Lily, Aunt Cheryl, Buff, Matt and Ola came to visit our family in TX for Christmas. Mom, Aunt Cheryl and Uncle Pete were so happy being together and Uncle Pete truly glowed from having Lily with his family.

Even in his death, Uncle Pete was so brave and selfless. Hearing what families go through with this type of death has been heart breaking, but experiencing it firsthand was gut wrenching. We couldn’t be prouder of our family, including Lily and Andrea, and all that they weathered together. I know Uncle Pete would be so proud of his sisters and wife.
Posted by Cheryl, Dawn, Michele Han... on February 6, 2021
This is a tribute to our beloved brother who passed away of Covid 19. He will always be on our minds and forever in our hearts. 
his Life
My brother Pete, my sister Dawn and I were raised by our mom in Indiana until 1968.  Due to unforeseen circumstances we had to move to Ohio to live with our dad and step-mother.  Although we loved our dad, this move was very hard on us and bonded us for life.  Pete went into the Army 6/29/1972 and trained to be a diesel mechanic while stationed in Germany.  Not long after he was discharged 5/18/1978 he had a bad motorcycle accident. He was in the hospital for three months and lost the partial use of his left arm, so he could no longer be a diesel mechanic.  He then became a cook and was very good at it.  He cooked in many different establishments, including a hotel in Mansfield, Ohio where he prepared a meal for Phil Donahue and Marlo Thomas.  Marlo Thomas asked for Pete to come out to their table and they told him how much they enjoyed the meal.  He cooked until he couldn't stand on his legs long anymore due to the pins and rods that were placed in his leg when he had the accident.  He then became a truck driver and really liked it.  He moved to Arizona in 2003 where he met his wife Lily Vasquez Torres.  They married 2/15/2005.  His marriage to Lily was probably the happiest I ever saw my brother.  He then started to drive a bus for a college which he enjoyed and really liked his co-workers.  He drove this bus until he passed 8/1/2020 to Covid.  We will miss him and love him forever.  

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Shared by Michael Fournier on February 23, 2021
Brad would stay at our house a lot during the summer when we were kids. 
    Some times in the evening after dark, we would sneak over to one of the neighbors and help ourselves to apples that grew on trees in their yard. In August they were still on the green side but we didn't care.
    There was a school across the street from my house and they had a dumpster that was up against the building. I guessed that we could climb on the dumpster and get on the roof. We were just about to make it up to the roof when a patrolling police car spotted us and the chase was on. We didn't make it too far before being caught. After we plead our case that we weren't vandalizing anything they let us go.
    One summer I had firecrackers that I sold to a friend. He and another guy would come over and hangout with Brad and I. For some reason that I don't remember I wasn't with them but they got the idea to stuff some of the firecrackers in an aspirin bottle. They were at the house behind us and Brad got talked into lighting the improvised exploding device.I heard the explosion. I was glad I wasn't with them because sure enough, the police showed up again.   My final story was abou a young woman that lived nextdoor. At night when she was getting ready for bed she would change in front of her bedroom window and let it all hang out. Brad and I sure enjoyed that.

Shared by Lily Hansen on February 14, 2021
Baby I miss you a lot,
if you were here with me, today February 15 we would be celebrating our sixteenth wedding anniversary,
you do not know how much your unexpected departure has hurt me ,
you transcended this early plane and left an indelible  mark‼️on my heart ,
I feel it empty and I
for your physical absence, when someone asks for you...I ,
I also cry at nights when I can not fall  asleep,
without proposing it... 
I keep my emotions and that is why my grieving process take time,
I look at the sky,
and look for you in the
Star ✨ most shine,
and do with your light ,
I feel calmer.
I LOVE YOU BABY,
I WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER!!
Shared by Lauren Kovalic on February 7, 2021
I didn’t really know Pete, but I feel like I did, through the stories I have heard from his sister Dawn (who I do know and love with my whole heart). I know that although Pete and his sisters were geographically apart, they were never really far apart in their love for each other. I know that he is greatly missed by them and the rest of his family. I also know the memories will stay in their minds and hearts forever