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Remembering Joanie Hahn

Sad news:

Hahn, Joan T. Age 52, June 20, 2006. Beloved wife of Edward J. Hahn. Loving mother of Erica (Peter Treiber) Fitzgerald, Jeffrey (Jami) Fitzgerald, Steven Fitzgerald and step-children, Brendan (Catherine) Hahn and Alicia (Michael) Farris. Proud grandmother of Camden, Jordan, Shane, Ethan, Benjamin, Jacob and Justin. Dear sister of Virginia Hermann, Louise “Nickie” (Keith) Greenfield and Edwin (Paula) Snay. Mrs. Hahn devoted her life to serving Jesus and others. Visitation Thursday 1-9 p.m. at the Sterling Heights Chapel of E.J. Mandziuk & Son Funeral Directors, Inc. 3801 18 Mile Road, (NW corner of 18 Mile and Ryan). In state Friday 9:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. time of service at Troy Christian Chapel, 400 E. Long Lake Rd, Troy. Interment White Chapel Cemetery. From the Detroit Free Press death notice.

Joanie, dear Joanie. How sad I was to hear about her death. I’m feeling very far away from family, it being unrealistic to return to Michigan for the funeral.

Joanie is my former sister-in-law, my oldest brother’s first wife. They were something like pioneers to Bess and me, going before us in having kids (Erica, Jeff) and adopting, too (Steve), owning a home, making a life. Joanie was always unreservedly welcoming to us. We always looked forward to visiting. I remember many happy times just sitting around the table, drinking coffee and talking about the crucial mundane–kids, school, jobs, marriage, church. As it happens, we were not so much in touch after the divorce, but we rejoiced when she found a new life with Ed, and marveled how you all remained cordial as you shared the raising of such remarkable children–now adults, with remarkable children of their own. “Mrs. Hahn devoted her life to serving Jesus and others.” Goodbye, dear sister.

I heard a great voice from heav’n
Saying unto me, “Write from henceforth,
Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord:
Yea, saith the Spirit,
For they rest from their labors,
And their works which do follow them.”

(Revelation 14:11, also the text for Billings’ Funeral Anthem).

Joanie thought that donations to The Gideons would make a good memorial.


One response to “Remembering Joanie Hahn

  1. Erica Fitzgerald June 25, 2006 at 11:32 pm

    Thank you for your tender remembrance of my mother. I will miss her.

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