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Marian Hanshaw

Marian Christine "Chris" Hanshaw

Tuesday, February 11th, 1930 - Saturday, December 28th, 2019
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On December 28, 2019 Marian Christine Hanshaw, loving wife and mother, passed away at age 89.

Chris was born in Utica, NY. She attended The Sisters of St. Francis Convent School in Syracuse, received a B.M. from Syracuse University and an M.M. from the Eastman School of Music, where she was a teaching fellow. Chris was a member of the music faculty at Southwest Missouri State College and a piano soloist with the Syracuse Symphony. As a member of the Hanshaw Trio, a core ensemble for Young Audiences, Inc., she performed extensively in the Rochester, NY area. She studied with Patricia Zander of the New England Conservatory of Music. In 1980, she joined the music faculty at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, where she taught for over 25 years.

She married Dr. James Barry Hanshaw and they raised five children: Tom, Lee, Liza, John, and Margaret.

Beyond music, Chris had a passion for gardening and she was an active member of the Worcester Garden Club. She was a generous spirit, full of faith, love, and light, and served as an inspiration to friends, family, and strangers alike. She will forever be missed.

Chris was preceded in death by her husband, Barry. She is survived by her children, son-in-law Paulo, and grandchildren Sarah, Margaret, and Isabel. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Saturday January 4, 2020 at St. Mary of the Hills, 630 Cross Street, Boylston, MA 01505. The BRITTON-SHREWSBURY FUNERAL HOME, 648 Main Street, Shrewsbury, MA is assisting the Hanshaw family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her name to Music Worcester www.musicworcester.org/annual-fund/ or by mail to 391 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608.
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    Saturday, January 4th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, January 4th, 2020 11:00am
    Saint Mary of the Hills
    630 Cross Street
    BOYLSTON, MA 01505
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Nancy Cocchiarella

Posted at 09:32pm
My deepest condolences on your loss. Mrs Hanshaw taught me piano during my years at Holy Cross in the mid 90's. She was an inspiration not only as a teacher and musician, but also as a beautiful human. She left quite an impression on me. Up until recently, we continued exchanging yearly Christmas cards for almost 25 years. She was a very special person. I hope you find comfort in this difficult time knowing that her legacy lives on through the many students she taught.

Frank and Wendy Saba

Posted at 12:49pm
Wendy and I send our deepest condolences to the Hanshaw family on the passing of dear,sweet Chris Hanshaw.Chris, along with her husband Barry, we’re always such gracious and kind individuals. It was such an honor for us to know them both – super classy people, kind hearted and wonderful who will be deeply missed.We loved them both.

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