Joan Houser Hagenbach
January 29, 1928 – February 13, 2015
Joan Houser Hagenbach, age 87, of Hockessin, DE and formerly of New Castle, DE, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 13, 2015 with her sons by her side.
Born in Scranton, PA on January 29, 1928, Joan was a daughter of the late Earl Burnett Houser, Sr. and Dorothy (Wall) Houser. She graduated from Wilson High School in Easton, PA in 1945 and in 1947, married her high school sweetheart, Robert L. Hagenbach. The couple moved to the New Castle area in 1949 where Joan would reside until moving to Hockessin 22 years ago. She was a lifelong and talented homemaker who devoted her life to caring for family.
She was an original member of Asbury United Methodist Church in New Castle and a 20 year member of Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church in Wilmington. She was also an active member of the Wilmington chapter of Kiwanis Ki-Wives where she served as past president. An avid card player, Joan was a founding member of the St. Georges 500 Card Club for over 50 years and also a member of her family and friends Pinochle Card Club. A gifted seamstress, Joan enjoyed making her own clothes. In her leisure time, she greatly enjoyed spending time with her family and vacationing for many years in Old Forge, NY. She will be remembered as a sweet, loving and beautiful person who had a gentle soul and never spoke a negative word about anyone. Joan will be dearly missed by her family and many friends.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Jane Dilts, former husband, Robert L. Hagenbach and her longtime companion, Chuck Dunfee. Joan is survived by her sons, Robert C. Hagenbach of Hockessin and his companion, Ann Brown and Lee W. Hagenbach and wife Jacklyn of Hockessin; grandchildren, T. Hunter Hagenbach and Haley K. Hagenbach; brother, Earl B. Houser, Jr. and wife Joann of Easton, PA; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Barton of Easton, PA; in addition to many nieces and nephews.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 pm until 8 pm on Thursday evening, February 19, 2015 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle. A second visitation will be held from 10:45 am until 11:45 am on Friday morning, February 20, 2015 at the Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church, 500 McKennan’s Church Road, Wilmington, DE 19808, where a funeral service will follow at 12 Noon. Entombement will be held in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church, at the address listed above or to the American Lung Association of Delaware, 630 Churchmans Road, Ste. 202, Newark, DE 19702.