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June Ellen Kulisich Hansell

July 9, 1944 - February 12, 2021

June Ellen Kulisich Hansell, age 76, of Newark, DE, passed away on Friday, February 12, 2021, surrounded by her family.

Born June Ellen Kulisich in Salem, Massachusetts on July 9, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Russell and Rita Kulisich. June was raised in Tyngsborough, MA and was a graduate of the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsborough, and Emmanuel College in Boston, MA. June was a talented artist and painter, who excelled in using watercolor as her painting medium. She made her career as an art teacher, first at the high school level and as a private instructor in Massachusetts. In 1970, June met George Hansell, originally of Swarthmore, PA, on a blind date arranged by one of her art students. They wed in 1971 and relocated to Newark, DE. June was a dedicated art teacher for more than 10 years at Holy Angels School in Newark.

Deep in her faith, June was a devout member of St. John the Baptist Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church, in Newark. She served the St. John Holy Angels faith community as a Eucharistic Minister, long-time member of both the prayer group and the choir, and as a co-founder of the parish’s Visitors for Christ program. June also served as a volunteer Eucharistic Minister at Christiana Care Hospital for over 20 years. She cherished her family and spent many happy hours together with her beloved husband George, their daughters and sons-in-law, and their four wonderful grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, June was preceded in death by her brother, Russell Kulisich, Jr. and her sister-in-law, Susan Shapley. She is survived by her husband, George Hansell; daughters, Jocelyn H. Gilmour (Duncan) of Wayne, PA and Kara H. Keehan (Sean) of Baltimore, MD; brother-in-law, Robert Shapley of Kimberton, PA; brother-in-law, Steve Hansell (Kay) of Manakin-Sabot, VA; grandchildren, Charles Keehan, Finnegan Keehan, Ailsa Gilmour and Andrew Gilmour. June was loved and will be missed by her many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.         

All services will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in June’s memory to Meals on Wheels Delaware (mealsonwheelsde.org) or St. Francis Xavier Shrine (stfrancisxaviershrine.com/donations).

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34 Guestbook messages for June Ellen Kulisich Hansell

  • With deepest condolences, I hope that your most treasured memories offer comfort.

  • My deepest condolences! “Niemals geht man so ganz- irgendwas von Dir bleibt hier” and translated: “never does one go comletely – something of you remains here” – is the title of a German pop song. There is a huge piece of truth in it for many life situations – also in this one.

  • Kara (and family), I’m wishing you comfort and peace in this time. I know that because you are her daughter that she was truly loved. Sending you hugs from KY…

  • “Mrs Hansell” as we called her because she was our Mom’s friend was a ray of sunshine and a special friend to our mother Beatrix Tannian. My deep condolences to your whole family.
    May we remember the gifts of her BEING in her passing.
    Love,
    Monica Tannian

  • June was a wonderful neighbor and friend. Her generous, kind nature brought a smile to everyone around her. She is greatly missed.

  • Our deepest sympathy and love for all of June’s family. I’m sure her love will continue to fill you all, and your memories of her will keep her alive in your hearts.
    Betty and Gary Kennedy

  • I will remember the family and June in prayer. She helps me and the sick in her dedicated visiting to those in the hospital. She served as visitor with others from Holy Angels. Thanks for her service

  • Dear Kara, my deepest condolences on loss of your mom. Her brief life story here shows that she lived a fulfilling life, and her memory will be held dear by her family.

  • George, Jocelyn, & Kara – God, in his mercy, took June after she had worked so hard in His name. Your mom was the absolute best, and I’m glad I met her in Brookhaven and at Holy Angels. She is at peace now.

    Warmly, Ginny Craig

  • June was a close and active Christian friend. Many positive
    memories both at parties and in prayer connect us to June and her family. Certain it is that her death will leave a treasured gap in the lives of George and their girls. We feel
    some of their loss and ask God, who guides each of us, to enrich them in spirit and understanding in tough times.

  • Kara and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I have so many happy memories of your mom. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • Condolences to all of June’s family and friends. I had the pleasure of being a teacher with her at Holy Angels and also taught her children. June was a loving and caring teacher and friend. My thoughts and prayers to you all.

  • June was a wonderful person I do not know how I would have survived the year of my husbands illness if it were not for June’s weekly visits to give us communion. God bless her.

  • George and family,

    So sorry for your loss. Janet and I will keep you in our thoughts.

    John and Janet Shaw

  • I am deeply saddened by this news of June’s passing. June was an extremely fine person and will be dearly missed by her family and many friends. May June know the Joys of Everlasting Life .
    With my sincere sympathy, Marianne Oratorio

  • George & Family,

    Our deepest condolences. June was one of my mother’s best friends, and she was always loving & caring to the entire family. She had a kind heart and will be greatly missed.

  • June was a wonderful lady. I met her at Holy Angels when my daughters attended there. Andrea & Stefanie loved art classes with your mother. June was always kind & friendly to everyone. Prayers for your family at this difficult time.

  • Kara and family- our thoughts are with you right now. Your Mom raised you to be the awesome lady you are, and it’s clear that you have more than just her looks. We feel for your loss.

  • Kara, your mother was clearly a bright light in your life. Her memories will provide you solace and peace. Thinking of you at this time.

  • I am so sorry to hear of June’s passing. She was a beautiful soul and will be missed by many. My heartfelt sympathy to George and the family.

  • Just now heard of the death of June. She would bring me Holy Communion and I so appreciated it. We would talk a little and she became my friend. June’s death will leave a void in the lives of all who knew her. She was truly happy doing God’s work. My condolences to her family. June will be greatly missed.

  • Oh I will miss seeing her at Mass. She was always wearing a beautiful smile.
    Blessings to her loved ones.

  • I will always remember a sweet, kind and generous woman and a sweet, kind and generous family. My prayers are with you all. Thank you Mrs. Hansell for serving our King. “Well done good and faithful servant!” – Matt 25:23

  • George and Family, my deepest condolences. In addition to being one of my mother’s closest friends, June was a friend to our entire family. She will truly be missed.

  • June was the kindest and most genuine person I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing, and it was a true honor to call her my Aunt. She will be missed dearly.

  • I met June, as the Eucharist Minister from Holy Angels Parish, when I worked at Millcroft from 2001 to 2015 as the Director of Marketing and as the Activites Director. She was a welcomed visitor each week for the residents and the staff. June and the other Eucharist Ministers would assist at the monthly mass and distribute communion to the residents weekly. Everyone looked forward to seeing June with smile and warm greetings. Mass, communion and prayers are very important to the residents and she spent many hours share her Catholic faith with all of at Millcroft. We will keep her in our prayers.

  • To my beloved friend, I will always love you and keep you in my prayers.

    Bea Peyton

  • June was such a bright light… kind, caring, compassionate, and funny. Such a pleasure to be around. She had the ability to bring out the very best in everyone and you felt better about yourself after being in her presence. I treasure the memories spent with her and her wonderful family. Rest In Peace you BEAUTIFUL SOUL.

  • Our hearts go out to you and your family.
    June was a wonderful person who had so many gifts and talents that she shared with so many. She will be greatly missed.

  • George & girls – so sorry to read of June’s passing & wanted to reach out to you. I remember your wife as a lovely, elegant lady. I know she reached out to so many hurting people and my husband was one of them. I have a few gifts received during my days at Otts Chapel & Upper Chesapeake that I believe June had purchased and I do treasure them. I’ll be praying for you & your family George for I know how you feel right now. God Bless.

  • June was a beautiful lady who always had a kind word and broad smile to share with anyone she met. She exemplified the spirit of a true Christian woman. I remember her fondly as the art teacher at Holy Angels School when I was the school nurse. I pray that the memories you shared as a family will be of comfort to you. May God bless you with strength and support in the days ahead.

  • R.I.P. June. I know you will be missed by George, your daughters and grandchildren. My condolences to all.

  • I got to know June well through Thursday night prayer group and later through Adoration. She provided much needed support in our St. John-Holy Angels Parish. She was an inspiration for many to participate in the devotional activities. Her presence has been missed the last couple years as her disease progressed, and knowing she is no longer with us in this life, we will all miss her.

    We wish all her family comfort, knowing that she has been taken from this life to a new and wonderful afterlife.

    My sincere condolences.

    With love and prayers,

    LIndalee Wald

  • Dear George and family ,
    When I first met Beautiful June I kept saying and thinking what a LOVELY LADY !! Then we got to know her dear family and I thought what a perfectly beautiful, lovely family! We always felt so blessed to know you all and to be a part of some great celebrations ! What a wonderful example you and June and dear girls set for everyone . Our hearts and hugs are with you all, much love ❤️