Carobelle S. Hanssmann, age 102, of Wilmington died August 21, 2017 at the Country House, her residence for many years.
She was born in Wilmington, DE daughter of the late Sue Savage and Claude William Sutton, and was an early student at Tower Hill School and later a scholarship student at the Misses Hebb’s School for Girls, which was succeeded by the Tatnall School, where, in 1932, she was in its first graduating class. She was then awarded a 4 year college scholarship. Unable to accept it because of the Great Depression, she trained to be a medical technologist at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. Carobelle then worked at the Homeopathic Hospital in Wilmington and in the medical department at the DuPont Powder Plant in Childersburg, Alabama. From there, on 1/21/1943, Carobelle enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a W.A.V.E. and went to boot camp at Iowa State Teachers’ College in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She was stationed at the U.S. Naval Hospital in San Diego, CA where she served as a PhM1/c for 2.5 years.
In 1944, Carobelle married Charles Hanssmann from Philadelphia, who was serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. Returning to Wilmington she worked for 10 years as a research assistant in the Research Department at the A.I. DuPont Institute and then for MedLab, from which she retired.
Carobelle served as a Junior Warden on the Vestry of St. Albans Episcopal Church and also as a chairman of the Altar Guild and Outreach committee. She and her husband were founding members of the Concord Chapter AARP #3979. She was a life member of A.S.C.P. and of W.A.V.E.S. National, and the Brandywiners. Carobelle was a member of the Mayflower Society and the First State Military Women Warriors (formerly First State W.A.V.E.S., Unit #10).
She was preceded in death by her parents; in 2001 by her husband of 57 years, Oscar Charles “Chuck” Hanssmann; her sister, Suzanne Scott; and her brother, Claude William Sutton, Jr. Carobelle is survived by her sister, Mary Lee Merrill of Warren, Maine; her nephew and his wife, Stephen and Natalie Merrill, also of Maine; and her nephew, Geoffrey Scott of Wilmington.
The family and friends are most grateful for the constant care of Carobelle at the Country House and most recently for the outstanding care given by Seasons Hospice.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00am, Monday, August 28 at St. Albans Center, 913 Wilson Road, followed by interment at Lower Brandywine Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be forwarded to either Sojourners Place, 2901 Gov. Printz Blvd., Wilmington, DE 19802 or to Ministry of Caring, 115 E. 14th St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Funeral arrangements by McCrery & Harra.