In Memory

Cheryl Alter (Hanson)

Cheryl Lee Hanson (Alter), age 70, passed away on February 20, 2015 in Marietta, Georgia. Cheryl is survived by her husband, Andrew Leo (Al) Hanson; their daughter and son-in-law, Alicia and David Harwell and grandchildren, Liam and Colette Harwell of Marietta, Georgia; and their son, Derek Hanson and grandson, Bryce Hanson of Castle Rock, Colorado.

Cheryl was born November 22, 1944 in Terrace Park, Ohio to Virginia and Franklin Alter III. She graduated in 1962 from Mariemont High School. She earned her undergraduate degree at Ohio University, then attended University of Michigan to earn her master's degree in Psychiatric Social Work. 

In 1966, while living and going to school in Ann Arbor, she met the love of her life, Al Hanson. They married in June of 1968 and were later blessed with their two children. She was a Psychiatric social worker at Ypsilanti State Hospital, then she was a probation officer in the 35th district court in Plymouth, Michigan. 

Cheryl and Al made a great team and did most everything together. She ran the office for Al's company, Halt Fire Incorporated, then founded Northville Connection where she enjoyed the constant flow of community members coming through the doors. She founded and served as the first President of a local investment club and continued to hone her skills with the markets throughout her life. She was an active member at Meadowbrook Country Club in Northville, Michigan then Pelican Sound Golf and River Club in Estero, Florida before moving to Marietta, Georgia in 2012. She loved her family immensely, always making them top priority. She shared a special bond with her mother and took special care of her in her later years. She will be remembered for her warm, friendly demeanor and outgoing personality. 

The memorial service will be held at H. M. Patterson & Son, Canton Hill Chapel, 1157 Old Canton Road, NE Marietta, GA 30068 at 2 o'clock on Saturday, February 28, 2015. Please join the family for a reception immediately following the service. 

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Alzheimer's

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03/01/15 01:24 PM #1    

Marjorie Manly (Petersen)

Dear Al and family,

I was shocked to hear about Cheryl and pray for God's peace and comfort to surround all of you.

Cheryl was very special and my heart is saddened by her death.  I first new Cheryl in 1st grade and enjoyed many years of fun, frolic and sharing our lives.  This is a huge loss and I will continue to keep all of you in my heart and prayers.

Marjorie Petersen

03/02/15 10:01 AM #2    

Barbara Brown (Gesse)


I am sure you don't remember me but we met once years ago when we lived in Grand Blanc for a few years. I always thought so much of Cheryl and remember all the fun times @ MHS. I had to miss the 50th reunion because of health issues so I have missed all the great times everyone had reconnecting. I wish you and the children all the best and hope the grieving lessens as time goes by. She was one in a million!

Barbara (Brown) Gesse

03/28/15 03:04 PM #3    

Patricia-Lou Turner (Pendergrass)

I am so sorry to hear about your loss.  I always thought a lot of Cheryl.  May God give you comfort.  Patty


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