Joan P. Hanson
February 28, 1931 – January 5, 2020
Joan Peine Hanson passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on Sunday January 5th, 2020. She was born on February 28th 1931 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She was happily married to her husband, John L. Hanson, for 65 years. Together they had 4 children, 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Joan was very proud of her family and they were the center of her life. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and she was always there for us.
Joan’s life was full of family and friends. She and John loved visiting flea markets and estate sales looking for treasures to upcycle. She was also a tireless caregiver to her accident prone husband. Joan was a dedicated volunteer at church, her specialty was being a “greeter”. She also worked in the office, worked fundraisers and carnivals, cooked for the priests and gave permanents to the nuns. Her monthly bridge group met for over 40 years and she loved them all dearly. She was always there for us - volunteering at our schools, sewing dance outfits, mending baseball uniforms, attending sports events, dance recitals, plays, art shows, band gigs. And the cookie jar was always full.
Joan kept us all grounded with her razor sharp wit and sense of humor. She had a witty comeback ready before you even finished your comment, earning her the honorary title of “Queen of Comebacks”. She was lightening in a bottle!
She was preceded in death by: her husband John, her sister Judy Schardin, brother Tom Peine and grandson John F. A. Hanson.
She is survived by her her sister Pam Zahn, daughters Jane Wear, Patty (Jerry) Barton and Mary Stephens, her son Tony (Cherie) Hanson; her grandchildren Matt (Katie) Wear, Colin Wear, Laura (Andrew) Appleton, Seth Barton, McLean Stephens and Shane Moehle; her great-grandchildren Brett and Brody Wear; and numerous nieces and nephews.
We will all miss her dearly, including her spontaneous “roses are red” birthday poems. She never repeated a rhyme, not once. We are comforted just knowing that her spirit has been set free and she will live forever in the arms of the Lord and in our hearts until we meet again. So, Joan, here’s one for you; “Roses are red, violets are blue, Thanks for the ride, we’ll always love you.”
Visitation will be January 10, 2020, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. followed by Recitation of the Holy Rosary 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Cook-Walden Chapel of the Hills Funeral Home. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday January 11, 2020 at 10:00 a.m., reception to follow at Cook-Walden Chapel of the Hills, 9700 Anderson Mill Road, Austin Texas.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Joan’s name to Meals on Wheels and more (www.mealsonwheelsandmore.org) or to Operation Enduring Respect (enduringrespect.org)
To share your memories and condolences with Joan’s family, please visit www.cookwaldenchapelofthehills.com
- Visitation Friday, January 10, 2020
- Recitation of Holy Rosary Friday, January 10, 2020
- Funeral Service Saturday, January 11, 2020
Joan P. Hanson
January 10, 2020
My favorite was 1974. Sitting with Joan and helping her beloved dog, Molly, deliver a litter of pups. Very special lady. So glad that I was able to be with her then, and be able to give my sincere and heartfelt goodbye, now.
January 9, 2020
Hanson family...I am so sorry for your loss. The times I was around your mom she was so funny and sweet. May your sweet memories bring you comfort and joy. Prayers of peace for your all.
January 9, 2020
I was so saddened on the reading of Joan's passing. She and I had so much fun for so many years and is truly missed.. I tried calling several times. but no answer. We played bridge together for many years. She had bought our house on Roxmoor Drive when they moved to Austin and know she enjoyed it as much as I did.
The family will be in my thoughts and prayers and so sorry I am unable to attend her funeral, as I live in Taylor now.
January 8, 2020
My dear friend Tony and family. I just want to send my condolences and prayers to you all. I loved Mrs. Hanson and all the good memories she helped us all form. May the Peace of our LORD JESUS CHRIST be with you at this time and always and remember the wonderful person she was until we all unite again.
Robin Brown Evans
January 8, 2020
Joan and my Mom, Loretta, were two of a kind- both had such a great sense of humor. Mom treasured the Christmas gifts Joan made for her, and the humorous cards she sent her- God doesn’t make them like her anymore! Sorry for your family loss