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Dorothy Louise (Kaepernik) Hansen

Dorothy Louise (Kaepernik) Hansen passed away on Monday, Feb. 26, at Tryon Estates in Columbus, North Carolina.

Dorothy was 88 years old, and the daughter of William and Ruth (Cain) Kaepernik. She was born March 25, 1929, in Newport, Delaware. 

Dorothy is survived by her loving husband of 69 years, Herbert R. Hansen Sr.; her son, Herb Hansen, and his wife, Annette Leps of Lutherville, Maryland; her daughter, Wendy Hudson, and her husband, William Hudson of Colts Neck, New Jersey; granddaughters, Casey Hansen of Lutherville, Maryland, and Kelly Huyler and her husband, Garrett Huyler of Oak Creek, Wisconsin; her brother, William Kaepernik and his wife, Carol of Seminole, Florida; and her sister-in-law, Ruth Stoveken, and her husband, James Stoveken of Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and their families.

She was predeceased by her parents; and her sisters, Betty Walters and Shirley Kaepernik.

Dorothy was a graduate of Metuchen High School in Metuchen, New Jersey, in 1946, and the Washington Secretarial School.

She grew up and raised her family in Menlo Park, New Jersey.  She and Herb moved to Columbus in 1990, and they moved to Tryon Estates in Columbus in 2014.

Family and her many friends were very important to Dorothy. She and Herb were also active square dancers for many years, and they developed many friends doing this.

Dorothy enjoyed doing genealogy research on her family throughout the country and the world. Dorothy also enjoyed travel and history. She and Herb were very involved with the Polk County Historical Museum in Columbus for many years.

The memorial service will be private, and her ashes will be interred at Tryon Estates.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Smith Phayer Inpatient Unit, 260 Fairwinds Drirve, Landrum, SC 29356.

Condolences to the family can be made to www.sandersfuneralandcremation

Sanders Funeral And Cremation Service of Columbus, NC is serving the family.