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Teresa (Sánchez Ortiz) Hanson (1922 - 1997)

Dr Teresa (Tere) Hanson formerly Sánchez Ortiz
Born in Manatí, PRmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 4 Jul 1949 (to 1982) in Santurce, Puerto Ricomap
Mother of
Died in Caln, Chester, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 17 Aug 2014
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Teresa Sánchez Ortiz was born 13 October 1922 in Barrio Bajura Afuera of Manatí, Puerto Rico to Miguel Sánchez Santana and his wife Juana Ortiz Fernández. [1] She grew up in the San Juan Metropolitan Area, appearing in Río Piedras in the 1930 US Census [2] and Santurce in the 1940 US Census [3] in the household of her mother. Her parents were divorced some time in the 1920s. This is borne out by her mother's use of her birth name in the 1930 and 1940 Census.

She studied Physics and Mathmatics at the University of Puerto Rico. She studied Medicine at Marquette with a grant from the Puerto Rican government for which she worked as a physician in public hospitals in Puerto Rico during the early 1950s. She specialized in Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB GYN) at Women's Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsyvania. She practiced in OB GYN in Downingtown, Coatesville, and West Chester, Pennsylvania from the early 1960s until 1991, when she retired. [4]

Teresa met her husband Steve Hanson at Marquette where he also studied Medicine. They were married in Santurce, Puerto Rico on 4 July 1949. [5] She gave birth to three children in the 1950s and early 1960s. All are still living.

Steve and Teresa divorced in 1982. [6] She kept the name Hanson.

Teresa died of a heart attack 11 June 1997 at her home in Chester County, Pennsylvania. [7]


  1. "Puerto Rico, Registro Civil, 1805-2001," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 17 July 2017), Teresa Sanchez Ortiz, 13 Oct 1922; citing Manatí, Puerto Rico, oficinas del ciudad, Puerto Rico (city offices, Puerto Rico). [Information was taken from image of original document.
  2. "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 23 June 2019), Concepe Teresa Sanchez Ortiz in household of Juana Ortiz Fernandez, Rio Piedras, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 2, sheet 2A, line 10, family 18, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 2659; FHL microfilm 2,342,393.
  3. "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 15 March 2018), Teresa Sanchez in household of Juana Ortíz Fernandez, Hipodromo, Santurce, San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico; citing enumeration district (ED) 8-51, sheet 8B, line 82, family 14, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 4600.
  4. Personal recollection of her son [[Hanson-2346|Chris Hanson of events related to him by Teresa and her husband Steve Hanson and his memories
  5. "Puerto Rico, Registro Civil, 1805-2001," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 17 July 2017), Stephen Hanson and Teresa Sánchez, 04 Jul 1949; citing Santurce (San Juan), Puerto Rico, oficinas del ciudad, Puerto Rico (city offices, Puerto Rico). [Information was taken from image of original document.]
  6. Virginia D. Watson. The Family of Stephen and Margaret Jones: a Personal Perspective (1980).
  7. Death Certificate [from hard copy]. Local Registrar's Certificate of Death, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Vital Records. Signed by C. R. Darlington, June 13, 1997.

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