FAIRHAVEN, Mass. - Joan M. Haner, 80, passed away March 5, 2013, at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, Mass.
Joan was born in Grove City, Pa., the older of two daughters of Michael F. and Blanche Downs Haner.
She grew up in the Warren area and graduated from Howland High School.
She attended Hiram College and Oberlin Seminary and was ordained at the Howland Community Church in 1958. The positions she held after her ordination were director of religious education in North Canton and Washington, D.C. She taught and did campus ministry at the University of South Dakota, and also worked in government positions in Washington, D.C. - the Head Start Program and the early education phase of the War on Poverty.
Joan had close contact with the Friends Committee on National Legislation while living in Washington, D.C. Joan strongly believed in social justice and supported many causes, such as civil rights, the American Indian Ministries and, as previously mentioned, the Friends Committee on National Legislation.
Joan moved to Massachusetts in 1976, where she began her career as an international interim minister for the United Church of Christ. She was a mentor to many women starting ministerial careers. Joan served churches in Eastern Massachusetts and Providence, R.I.
Survivors are her sister, Carol H. Foulk of Warren; her nieces, Jennifer Foulk of Ohio, Molly Phillips of Texas, and Rebekah Foulk of Ohio; nephew, Erik Foulk of Delaware; great-nieces, Tiffanie Baumiller of Ohio and Elizabeth Phillips of Texas; and three great-nephews, Tyler and Austin Phillips and Jacob Foulk Brown of Warren. She also leaves a great-great-nephew, Noah Phillips of Texas; and cousins, Bill and Rhea Springer of Cortland.
Private services were held at Crown Hill Burial Park. Arrangements were handled by Selby-Heavilin Funeral Home.
Material contributions in Joan's memory may be made to the Friends Committee on National Legislation, 245 Second St. N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002, or to the American Heart Association, 840 S. Western Run, Youngstown, OH 44514.