Former teacher dies due to lengthy cancer battle

By Hawkeye Staff

English teacher Karen Hanson died Friday, Oct. 22 following a lengthy battle with cancer. Born in Rapid City, South Dakota, Hanson was 62.
“I had the opportunity to work with her for two years and I just found her to be the most caring and student-centered teacher,” Assistant Principal Erin Murphy said.
Before becoming part of MTHS Hanson was the K-12 Literacy Coordinator at the Edmonds School District office and also taught at Kings West High School.
She was known for her commitment as a mother and educator, her love of literature and her ability to get her students involved in learning and loving literature.
“She was outstanding in that aspect (connecting with students), that she could build relationships with students and help them learn,” Assistant Principal Scott Morrison said.
Hanson was involved in education nearly her entire life, and always wanted to work with kids. She was very well respected and loved at MTHS.
“She will be deeply missed by her students, colleagues and administrators,” Murphy said.
Hanson is survived by her husband of 40 years, Jack; daughters Jenn Rile, Beth Hanson, son Kurt Hanson, brothers Frank Wurnig, Steve Wurnig, and Jim Wurnig and stepmother Bobbie Wurnig and two grandchildren, according to her memorial website.
A funeral mass at will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Oct. 27 at St. Olaf Church in Poulsbo.