In Memory of




Obituary for Joan Hanson Mason

Joan Hanson Mason, 91, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on March 15, 2021. A Litchfield resident for most of her life, she was born in Bronxville, NY on Christmas Day of 1929 to Leland Slaight Hanson and Leila Morange Hanson.

She was greeted in heaven by her husband Frederick T. Mason III, her granddaughter Sheena Lee Musial, and her great-granddaughter Emrie Leigh Mason. She is survived by her brother, Leland (Bud) Hanson, her three children, Cheryl L. Mason, Richard (Dick) Mason Sr., and Dorinda (Rindy) Sparks. In addition, six grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, two beloved cats, and many wonderful friends, all of whom contributed to her forever memories.

Joan attended Bronxville High School and graduated from The Knox School in Cooperstown, NY. Although she was a woman of many personal and civic hats, she focused on being a preschool teacher in Litchfield at the Sarcka School and the Little Brick School. She prided herself in being a loving, generous mother and grandmother. As magical as her delivery on Christmas Day, the love and memories she shared with us will be treasured forever.

In lieu of flowers, her family requests that you make a random act of kindness in her memory. As a thank you for the great care she received, donations can be made to Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Litchfield County: 32 Union St, Winsted, CT, 06098, and Companions & Homemakers: 82 West St, Litchfield, CT, 06759.

A private celebration of her life will be held for family and friends at a later date.