Mace Christian Hansen, Chief Petty Officer - United States Navy Retired; 65, of Griswold, CT passed away peacefully on August 27th, 2022 at Backus Hospital after a several year battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis. He was surrounded by sons, family friends and his loving wife of 38 years.
Mace was born on April 1st 1957, the son of Captain Merle Charles Hansen and Audrey Keech Hansen. At the age of 18, Mace enlisted in the Navy where he spent a distinguished, 24-year career, serving our country on various submarines and duty stations. During his time in the Navy, Mace completed his Bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois State University which he used in his second career working for Electric Boat to develop curriculum for use in the Naval Submarine fleet. Mace’s love for the Navy and our country shined through in his work.
Mace met the love of his life, Christine, on Halloween in 1983. They wed on June 30th 1984 and spent the next 38 years together, starting a family and raising their two sons. Mace enjoyed being active with his sons’ soccer teams throughout their middle school and high school years, traveling to games and coaching. During the later years of his life, Mace and Christine settled together into their home in Griswold, CT. They adopted 3 dogs; Bailey, Paris and Gabe who Mace loved dearly. Mace went on to watch his two sons marry and have his two grandsons, Maxwell and James. He loved spending time with his two grandsons on weekend visits and various week long “camp” trips where the grandchildren would stay over.
Mace is survived by his loving wife Christine Thurlow Hansen of Griswold, CT; his son and daughter in-law, Michael and Deanna Hansen of Norwalk, CT; his son and daughter in-law Tyler and Jayme Hansen of Ledyard, CT; and his two grandsons, Maxwell and James Hansen.
The family would like to send their sincerest gratitude to the staff of the CCU at Backus Hospital and to his hospice nurses for the care he received.
A private service will be held for the family at a future date.
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