Marge Even Hassenger
Marge Even Hassenger, 94, a native of New Orleans, LA., died June 22, 2017, after a short illness. She had been a resident of Yorktown since 1975. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Capt. William (Bill) E. Hassenger, Sr. USN (Ret.), parents, Andrew E. and Corinne D. Even; sisters, Helen Downs and Marie Brunet; brother Andrew F. (Junior) Even; and son-in-law, Daniel German.
She is survived by her son, William E. Hassenger Jr. of Glen Allen, VA; four daughters, Monica J. (Penny) Johnson (Scott) of Morris, IL, Lynn A. Hassenger of Boca Raton, FL, Lisa Marie Hatfield (Wade) of Yorktown, VA and Lori A. German of Burlington, VT; 12 grandchildren, Chad, Kelli, Mike, Amanda, Daniel, David, Jarrett, Rochelle, Will, Maxx, Dylan and Morgan; 8 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Marge grew up in southern style in the heart of New Orleans. She treasured many of her lifelong friends speaking of them often and reminiscing about their childhood escapades especially in later life. Marge met her husband Bill, who was in the Navy in Algiers, LA at a USO dance. It was not long after they met that they were married and their life of travel and adventure began.
While Bill served in the U.S. Navy for 33 years she too served as his “First Mate” right by his side always supporting his career. As his military career took the family all over the globe and across the United States, Marge often was the head of the household and ran a tight ship when Bill was out to sea. No matter how far Bill’s travels took him, Marge was always excited to hear the many stories and experiences from abroad when he returned home. Marge truly enjoyed traveling, experiencing different cultures and meeting new people while serving as Bill’s First Mate. When Bill retired from active duty in 1975 they settled in Yorktown, VA. When Bill started up his own business, General Business Services, Marge served as his main supporter as well as his secretary. When Bill was in his seventies and became disabled, Marge became his primary caregiver. She was very dedicated in her care for him for many years and continued to care for him daily even after he went to stay at the Veterans Life Center. For Marge, her family was always her first priority.
Marge was a kind, gentle and giving person, who was much loved by her family, friends and caregivers. If you knew Marge you were familiar with her quick wit, her keen interest in word jumbles, love of cooking, gardening, animals, dancing, and music. She will be greatly missed by all that knew her.
The family would like to give many thanks to all those in the medical arena that cared for Marge at the end of her life. We would like to especially thank her two sweet caregivers Maureen Gottschlich and Ana Barranco. These ladies brought Marge so much joy and happiness the last few years of her life.
The family invites you to a Memorial Service in her honor at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 27th at Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery, 5310 Milners Road Suffolk, VA 23434. The service will be held at the Pavilion.
Marge loved animals, so in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Marge’s name to Ryan’s Cats c/o Seaford Veterinary Medical Center 6627 George Washington Mem Hwy. Yorktown, VA 23692 or 4 Paws Animal Rescue PO Box 1624 Hayes, VA 23072, or your favorite charity. Arrangements are by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton, VA.