Joan Katherine Hahn

December 6, 1933 - July 19, 2019
Joan Katherine Hahn


Joan Katherine Hahn nee Szarek, aged 85, of Wilmington, NC, passed away peacefully on July 19, 2019 surrounded by her family.

Joan was born on December 6, 1933 in Rome, NY, spending her childhood education at the Academy of the Holy Name and Rome Free Academy. Always active, she participated in cheerleading, swimming, basketball, as well as various clubs. Her love for sports attracted her to the love of her life.

On June 5, 1954, at Transfiguration Church, she married Charles F. Hahn, her high school sweetheart.

Later in her life, she attended Elizabeth City State University, was the President of the Coast Guard Officer’s Wives Club, worked as an executive assistant, and later, had a successful career in real estate in Northern Virginia. Her proudest, and certainly the most beloved, occupation was being a loving mother and amazing grandmother to her six grandchildren. She never forgot a special occasion and was the heart of every gathering, especially our annual beach family reunions which she hosted for over 40 years. Her beautiful smile, quick wit, and infectious laugh will ring through our hearts forever.

She is survived by her three children: Kathleen J. Hahn (John Cummings), Charles M. Hahn, MD (Tami), Beth A. Carter (Danny), and her six grandchildren: Jess J. Rutherford VI (Jessie), Tanya J. Rutherford (Michael Chapman Davis), Jennifer N. Brennan (Braxton), William K. Rutherford (Casey Botello), Brian M. Hahn (Susan), and Zachary C. Hahn. She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 62 years, Captain Charles F. Hahn, USCG (ret.), her parents Joseph A. and Josephine J. Szarek, and her brother Joseph A. Szarek, Jr.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor may be sent to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

A private family service will be held for Joan and her husband, Charles when they are interred together at the United States Coast Guard Academy’s columbarium in New London, CT.

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  • July 22, 2019
    Karen and Monty Brown says:
    I am so sorry to hear this sad news. Joan was my neighbor for 3 years and such a kind sweet woman. I loved talking to her daily when she walked her dog Molly. Rest in Peace Joan. Deepest sympathy to her family.

  • July 22, 2019
    Teresa Bean says:
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time. Love, Ed and Teresa

  • July 22, 2019
    Sheila and Tim Dunmire says:
    Joan AKA G'ma, brought such love and laughter to all those around her. I feel so blessed to have the memories of Joan and Chuck meeting us at the beach house, bringing snacks and magazines! Joan you are a legend! You will forever be in our hearts.