Life Story / Obituary
May 30, 1931 – July 22, 2019
Joan was born to Gordon McNab and Ann (Robertson) McNab in Detroit, and lived all but the last five years of her life within a few miles of her childhood home. Joan and her (late) husband, Jim, spent their last 30 years together in Royal Oak, where they enjoyed the friendships of many wonderful neighbors. After Jim’s passing, Joan spent her last five and a half years with her daughter and son-in-law in Traverse City.
Joan was known as a loyal friend who would do anything to help someone. She volunteered extensively in various ministries in her church, including the nursery, Vacation Bible Schools, the food pantry, warming centers, and her women’s group. Over the years, her cheesecakes and lasagnas graced many church potlucks and the church choir enjoyed annual cookouts at the home she and Jim shared. Anyone who knew Joan likely enjoyed her cooking and hospitality at one time or another!
Joan loved her pets. Dogs, cats, and birds were always a part of the family. Her last pets included Holly (cockapoo), Dora (cocker spaniel), Buddy (cockatiel) and Buddy (parakeet). She also loved flowers, butterflies, and outdoor birds. Over the years, she accumulated a collection of ceramic birds, several of which accompanied her to the nursing home to brighten her room to the very end.
Over the years, Joan enjoyed a variety of hobbies. Some of these were oil painting, arranging dried flowers, making glass terrariums and tending to the multitude of plants and flowers that adorned her yard and deck. She also enjoyed listening to music, in particular, Jim’s piano playing and her brother, Gordon’s, harmonica playing.
Joan is survived by her children, Alan Stewart, Linda Hasbrouck, and Dale Stewart, as well as her daughter-in-law Judy Stewart, son-in-law Fitch Hasbrouck and grandchildren, Kristen VanDenBerg, Stephanie Hasbrouck and Marissa Stewart. She is also survived by her brother, Gordon McNab.
Joan will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by many.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Villa at Traverse Point to help with end of life care expenses. Checks can be made payable to The Villa at Traverse Point and sent c/o Linda Hasbrouck, 2021 Pinehurst Trail, Traverse City, MI 49696.
Please sign the Guest Book and visit the Memories, Photos, and Poetry & Eulogies sections under Joan’s name on this website page. In the Poetry & Eulogies section, you will find portions of some of the notes and cards that friends sent shortly before Joan’s passing.Your additional thoughts, memories and photos are welcome and will be treasured by family members.
Please visit www.lifestorytc.com to sign the guestbook and share your thoughts and memories with the family. The family chose Life Story Funeral Home.