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Joan Weingarten left us on June 11, 2015 after a long illness with dementia.

Joan Hakanson was born in Boyceville, WI on August 25, 1926. She was the middle child, between two brothers; Robert, two years older and Lowell 10 years younger.  She was a tomboy and became an assistant mother, after her injured WWI veteran father passed in 1937.

After high school Joan felt the drive to help in the war effort, like her much admired older brother, and joined the Army Nurses Corps in March of 1945. Joan received nurse training in Eau Claire and interned at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. While on a break from her training, news of the ill-fated submarine, USS Growler, made it home. Her brother and all hands on board were lost in the Zulu sea.  After graduation Joan worked in the Limberg Clinic in Glenwood City, WI, as a registered nurse for about a decade. After meeting and marrying David Weingarten of Glenwood City the pair moved to Madison where David was finishing an engineering degree.  Joan worked as a hospital nurse and bought the groceries and paid the rent.  After David’s graduation the couple moved to Albuquerque, where David was employed at Sandia National Laboratory for 32 years.   In 1957 a son, Alan, was a welcome addition to the family.

Joan enjoyed the outdoors of the southwest. Always up for adventure and fun, Joan became an avid fisher and hunter, sharing a passion held by her husband.  Both became involved with the New Mexico Wildlife Federation and enjoyed spending time with friends made in the organization.

Joan was industrious and inventive. She enjoyed making quilts and clothing. She also liked making cookies and candies. She took great happiness in the joy of children. Even in the advanced stages of dementia she enjoyed spending time with her great grandchildren.

Joan was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She did not cower from hard work or tough decisions, nor showing her affections. She loved her family and friends with her whole being and will be greatly missed.

Joan is survived by David her husband of 58 years, her son Alan, daughter-in-law Sherry, grandchildren Jerred and Abrielle, and great-grandchildren Noah, Tessa and  Raylan. Also her younger brother Lowell Hakanson, his wife Betty and their family.