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Official Obituary of

Meghan Elizabeth Theresa (Smith) Hanson, MD

April 2, 1980 ~ March 22, 2024 (age 43) 43 Years Old

Meghan Hanson, MD Obituary

     Meghan Elizabeth Theresa (Smith) Hanson, MD, 43 years, of Sheboygan, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, died March 22, 2024 at St. Nicholas Hospital Emergency Room after suffering an acute medical episode.

     Meghan was born April 2, 1980, in Sturgeon Bay the daughter of James R. Smith and Anne (Guelig) Smith. She was a voracious reader, adventurous traveler and also enjoyed RV camping with her husband, Ben. She loved animals, especially her labs and Weimaraner.

     Meghan excelled as a student at Sevastopol High School. She was an avid soccer player, first playing varsity soccer on the coed team at Sturgeon Bay, and then on the Sevastopol all-girls team, which she helped found under Title 19. She was also a talented multi-instrumentalist playing everything from piccolo to bassoon. She was awarded the John Philip Sousa Award in recognition of her superior musicianship and outstanding dedication. Meghan graduated from Sevastopol in 1998 as Valedictorian of her class, before attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison and receiving her undergraduate degree in Medical Microbiology and Immunology in 2002. A Brittingham Viking Scholar, she studied at the University of Oslo, Norway in 2001. She received her MD (Medical Doctor) from UW-Madison in 2006, and in 2011, she became a board-certified radiologist specializing in Diagnostic Radiology and Imaging.

     On June 19, 2004, she married Benjamin W. Hanson at S.S. Peter and Paul Church in Institute. Meghan’s career spanned 18 years. She had worked at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics as a physician and educator. Most recently, she was a Diagnostic Radiologist with Green Bay Radiology, based at HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan, where she held the position of Medical Director of Radiology and, later, Medical Staff President. She also served as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Meghan was a member of the American College of Radiology, American Roentgen Ray Society, Radiologic Society of North America and the Wisconsin Radiologic Society.

     Meghan was a vibrant yet humble person, as characterized by her kindness and compassion. Her personality was a blend of intelligence, humor, and generosity. With a quick wit and a sharp sense of sarcasm, Meghan always brought laughter. She was not only a great conversationalist, but also a wonderful listener, always ready to lend an ear without judgment.

     One of Meghan's greatest passions outside of medicine was travel, and she and Ben explored various corners of the world, including the rugged beauty of Iceland, and the wilderness of Alaska. They ventured across the United States and abroad, soaking in diverse cultures and experiences.

     In addition to her adventures abroad, Meghan found joy in simple pleasures and hobbies. She was an avid reader and always enjoyed a good book. Playing with her beloved dogs brought her immense happiness, and she cherished the companionship they provided. Meghan was also a cinephile, delighting in movies, and she also had a deep appreciation for listening to music. She and Ben also enjoyed trying different cuisines and also exploring new culinary experiences.

     Meghan's zest for life was evident in her diverse interests, compassionate nature, and adventurous pursuits. She embraced each day with enthusiasm, spreading joy and laughter wherever she went.

     Meghan is survived by her husband, Ben of Sheboygan, formerly of Sturgeon Bay; parents, Anne Smith of Sturgeon Bay, Jim and Heather Smith of Sturgeon Bay; siblings, Jessica Smith, Laura Smith, James (Ashley) Smith and nephew, Jonah; father-in-law and mother-in-law, William “Bill” (Jean) Hanson; brother-in-law, Lucas “Luke” Hanson; and her loving dogs, Lucy, Mia and Gus.

     A Memorial Mass will be held at S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Institute on Thursday, April 4, 2024 at 11:30 a.m. with Fr. Matthew Rappl officiating. Committal rites will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

     Meghan’s family will visit with family and friends on Wednesday, April 3, 2024 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay and continue at the church on, Thursday, April 4 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass at 11:30.

     Please consider a contribution in Meghan’s memory to Wisconsin Humane Society--Door County Campus (3475 Park Dr, Sturgeon Bay WI 54235) or Feed and Clothe My People (PO Box 741, Sturgeon Bay WI 54235).

     The loss of Meghan is deeply felt by all who knew her. She was more than just a presence; she was a beacon of kindness, compassion, and light in the lives of her loved ones. Her quick wit, generous spirit, and adventurous nature enriched the experiences of those around her. Meghan's absence leaves an unfathomable void, a space once filled with her laughter, her warmth, and her love.

     We feel a profound emptiness that cannot be easily filled, yet, we carry her memory in our hearts, cherishing the moments shared and the impact she made. Meghan's legacy will live on in the lives she touched, a testament to the beauty of her spirit and the depth of her character.

     Though we grieve her passing, we also celebrate the gift of having known her. Meghan's presence continues to inspire us to live fully, love deeply, and embrace each moment with the same passion and enthusiasm she exemplified. In honoring her memory, we strive to carry forward the values she embodied, ensuring that her light continues to shine brightly in our hearts and in the world.

     Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Meghan may be shared with her family through her tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.


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April 3, 2024

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC
1414 Michigan Street | P.O. Box 6
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

April 4, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:15 AM
Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church - Institute
4767 Dunn Rd.
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

Memorial Mass
April 4, 2024

11:30 AM
Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church - Institute
4767 Dunn Rd.
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235


Wisconsin Humane Society - Door County Campus
3475 Park Drive, Sturgeon Bay WI 54235
Tel: 1-920-746-1111
Email: pohern@wihumane.org
Web: https://www.doorcountyhumanesociety.org

Feed and Clothe My People
P.O. Box 741, Sturgeon Bay WI 54235
Tel: 1-920-743-9053
Web: http://feedmypeopledoorcounty.com


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