Joan Hill

October 3, 1932January 12, 2019

Joan Diane DuBois Hill, 86, of Westlake, Ohio formerly of Medina, Ohio and Beaver Falls, PA, died on January 12, 2019 after a long illness with family by her side. Beloved wife of the late John (Jack) Hill, loving mother of Kelly O'Hara (Patrick) of Bay Village, OH, Diane Saini (Amar) of Atlanta, GA, Amy Catherine (deceased) and son Ken (Carla) Hill, of Cottage Grove, OR. Loving grandmother of Caitlin (Andre) and Amy (Adam), Amanda (Bryan), Samuel (Jack), Charles, Harrison and Cameron. Loving great-grandmother of Lincoln, Beckett, Jocelyn and Sophia. Joan was born in South River, NJ and graduated from Trenton State Teachers College (now the College of New Jersey) with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Joan spent several years teaching 2nd and 3rd grade while her husband served in the Navy. While in Beaver Falls, PA Joan volunteered for many organizations, and served as PTA President, President of the League of Women Voters, Vice President of the Outlook Club and a member of the American Association of University Women. While living in Medina, Joan was an active volunteer for the Medina Hospital Auxiliary and a long time member of United Church of Christ Congregational. Joan was an avid traveler, having visited all 50 states and more than 30 countries, and particularly enjoyed travelling to visit her children and grandchildren, as well as attending concerts and plays with friends. Joan was also an active bridge player.

Family and friends will gather for a Memorial celebrating Joan's life on Friday January 18, 2019 from Noon until the time of Funeral Service at Saul-Garbauer Funeral Home Inc. at Sylvania Hills Memorial Park, 922 Sunflower Road, Rochester, PA. Joan's family would like to thank the staff of the Coburg Unit of the Lutheran Home, Westlake, Ohio for the wonderful care and support they gave to Joan and her family over the years, and the staff of Crossroads Hospice who were there for Joan and her family during the end of her journey. Donations to the Alzheimer's Association in Joan's memory would be greatly appreciated in lieu of flowers.


  • Visitation Friday, January 18, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 18, 2019

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Ken Nale

January 15, 2019

My earliest memories of Joan were when I was young and she used to babysit me. She was a pushover. I could always get her to play games with me and unhealthy snacks were not a problem. Later in life she used to remind me she had changed my diaper many a time.
Joan’s interest in genealogy got me started in researching the Nale side of my family since she had done the Gibson side. She did her research before the internet became such a great tool. She did it the old way by digging thru cemeteries ( not literarily) and church records. I loved listening to stories of her field trips.
I will miss Joan a lot. The last few times I talked to her she always asked about my mom. When i would tell her she had passed away Joanwould cry and that would make me cry. The last time she asked I told a lie and said she was fine and I would have her call.
So sad to see her go. God bless.

Bob Nale

January 15, 2019

I never had an older sister, but my cousin Joan was a close substitute. She was also a friend who would do anything for you. When my Dad was in the hospital in Columbia, SC, Joan flew there from Ohio and spent several days with my Mom and me. My Dad was not really aware of anything at the time and when we told her how much we appreciated her being there, but we would be OK if she went home, she said that her late husband (Jack) worked hard and left her with enough to do what she wanted, and this was what she wanted. Although we didn’t see her as often as we would have liked, we looked forward to her visits to the Myrtle Beach area every Summer. She will be missed.