Cary J. Hansel Jr. | Obituary


Cary J. Hansel Jr. Cary Johnson Hansel Jr., 77, died Monday, June 13 at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia with his family by his side. He was in Philadelphia to attend a baby shower for his daughter, Sarah. Cary enjoyed spending time with her children and her granddaughter; he followed the careers of his children with great interest and pride. In recent years, Cary has enjoyed the lake house in Pennsylvania that he and Sandra regularly shared with family and friends.

Cary was born on April 5, 1945, to Cary Johnson Hansel Sr. and Jeanette Cooper Hansel in Marion, North Carolina. Growing up in Falls Church, Virginia, Cary graduated from JEB Stuart High School. He earned his BS in Chemistry from Washington and Lee University and his MS in Organic Chemistry from the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). After graduating, he served in the military as a first lieutenant. Cary began his professional career with the US Environmental Protection Agency. He then worked at Capitol Cement and finished his career at Rust-Oleum in Hagerstown, Maryland, where he served for many years as a plant manager.

After retiring, Cary fulfilled his dream of traveling and visited Cuba, China, Croatia, Peru and many other countries. He loved auctions and antique markets. He was an avid and knowledgeable collector of Civil War antiques, coins, stamps and paraphernalia. Cary was an avid student of American history with a particular interest in the Civil War. He frequently visited battlefields and other historic sites in Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sandra, two sons, Cary III (Lisa) and Matthew (Elizabeth), and a daughter, Sarah (Neil Palmisiano) and a granddaughter, Harper. He is also survived by one sister, Nancy O’Conner (Paul) and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on July 9, 2022 at Brown’s Funeral Home in Martinsburg.


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