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11/22/20 - NNHS Newsletter -
Renee Koskinas Hanrahan

Irene Antoinette Koskinas Hanrahans
(29 Nov 1938 - 15 Nov 2020)

Newport News High School Class of 1956

May her memory be eternal.

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   I was saddened to read of the death of
  Renee Koskinas Hanrahan, Most Typical Girl in the Class of 1956, wife of Allan Hanrahan ('55) of VA,  who passed away in Smithfield on Sunday, November 15, 2020, just two weeks before her 82nd  birthday.

   She was the sister of Mary Koskinas Munger of NC and President of the Class of 1968, Tony Koskinas of NC, and of the late Peggy Koskinas Denison ('52) (23 June 1934 - 22 Dec 2018).

From the Daily Press - 11/22/20:

              Renee Koskinas Hanrahan



SMITHFIELD - Irene Antoinette "Renee" Koskinas Hanrahan, a Smithfield resident since 1991, on Sunday, November 15, unexpectedly and by natural causes left her loving family on this earth to join her late family and friends.

Born on November 29, 1938 in Newport News to Anthony Adam and Frances Mae Koskinas, she graduated from Newport News High School, Class of 1956, voted "Most Typical" in the senior hall of fame, attesting to the affection felt for her by classmates.

After high school she worked first for Noland Co., followed by service with General Electric and Interstate Electronics (both in the Shipyard). To have a schedule serving her sons' school days, she worked at Sears in telephone shopping before her final 22 working years as a teachers' assistant in the Newport New Public Schools.

Preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Peggy Denison of Pennsylvania, she is survived, with much love, by her husband of 63 years, and best friend, Allan; her loving sons, Gary Hanrahan M.D. of Atlanta and Gregory Hanrahan of Williamsburg; her granddaughters, Rebecca Hanrahan of Atlanta and Sarah Hanrahan of New York City; a sister, Mary Munger, and a brother, Anthony Koskinas, both of North Carolina; and numerous nephews and nieces.





Renee had an adventuresome spirit and loved visiting New York City in past years, especially the stage doors after enjoying Broadway shows, dearly loved to take pictures with her digital camera, and in the latter half of her life she became an avid lover of books. She was a kind person, one of a kind, a friend to all, and leaves a giant void in many hearts.

A member of Liberty Baptist Church for more than 50 years, Renee was most active in her younger years, and a true believer in Jesus Christ.

A funeral service will be held at 11 AM on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home.

Burial will follow in St. Luke's Memorial Park in Smithfield. COVID-19 restrictions are being followed and masks and social distancing are required.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Renee's name to Liberty Baptist Church, 1021 Big Bethel Road, Hampton, VA 23666.

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Published in the Daily Press on November 22, 2020.
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November 20, 2020

My Dear Allan, words cannot tell you how this news has left me heartbroken. I can only know that you have lost not only your wife but your best friend! You two were the epitome of what marriage was about. I never remember you two EVER speaking a harsh word to each other There was ALWAYS laughter and MANY stories of travel, the kids, and of course Renee’s daily adventures of life in her crazy world
She always made Christmas a joy and tradition with each year adding a new handmade “Disney Character” to her tree. She was UNIQUE in more ways than one and lived life to the fullest. I know you will miss her terribly but remember she is with her Memaw (Mom) and God who she loved dearly and He is greeting her with open arms. I love you, Allan, and know that Christopher and I will always remember the great memories!
My love always and sorrow!
Diana Koskinas Scott

~ Diana Scott

November 21, 2020
Dear Allan, I was so saddened to learn of Renee's unexpected passing. Our dads came from Crete, Greece, as young boys, with their families on the same ship to the United States. The two families were close.

~ Renee Lampros Brown.

November 22, 2020
Renee was such a pleasure to be around. I helped her process her retirement with NNPS. I always looked forward to her visits and enjoyed meeting you, Allan. I will always have fond memories of her. God be with you in your time of grief.

Melita (Burge) Breeden

November 22, 2020

May God give you strength as you go through this sad time. I was blessed to work with Renee at McIntosh Elementary in the late 70’s. I will always remember our friendship. She was funny and very loving. Allan, once when I was visiting her, you came in singing Pretty Woman to her. She was beaming from ear to ear! I know you and the boys were her world. May God bless you and keep you. Today I will offer a prayer of thanks for having had the blessing of her friendship so many years ago.

~ Deborah Lee Morgan

November 22, 2020
So sorry to hear about your loss. You know that God and Jesus are in the best position to comfort us when we lose a loved one in death.

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November 22, 2020

  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Renee's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.

  This information is also posted here:

  Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Be Thou My Vision

Irish Hymn, c. 8th century

Translated by Mary Elizabeth Byrne (02 July 1880 - 19 Jan 1931), 1905

Versified by Eleanor Henrietta Hull (15 Jan 1860 - 13 Jan 1935), 1912

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soul’s Shelter, Thou my high Tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

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Be Thou My Vision" lyrics and available history courtesy of
- 04/09/11

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 03/15/05

Fall Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I cannot seem to locate that information at the moment, but it's been in my files since 11/21/05.

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