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Obituary of Joan Karen Ham
Joan grew up in Scranton, NY with her 7 brothers and sisters. She attended Catholic School with her twin sister Jean where she made many lifelong friendships. She became involved in the 4H club, and remained active in it for many years. Joan was a loving and strong-willed woman who raised two children on her own, a majority of the time and did whatever it took to provide for them, oftentimes working two jobs. On the weekend while getting ready to work her second job you would hear Lorreta Lynn and Conway Twitty playing on the record player. She loved listening to music. So much so that those songs can still be heard in the heads of her children. Joan was incredibly outgoing and loved to stop and chat with anyone she met. Her skills with people paired well with her outstanding work ethic, spending many years as a waitress and a Bus Aide for Frontier Schools before retiring in her 70s. Joan enjoyed spending time with her family and did so as often as she could. In the summertime, if you picked any given Sunday, odds were that she was out on the boat with her sister Jean and brother-in-law Dick. Her love for her family also extended to her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and her furry friends. No one can quite remember a time without a cat in Joan's house as she was a huge animal lover. Joan had many hobbies and activities she enjoyed when not keeping herself busy with her loved ones or working. Joan enjoyed bowling and was in bowling leagues for many years while she worked at Leisureland Bowling Alley. She was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary in Eden, NY, as well as a past member of the Scranton Auxiliary. Joan made friends quickly in her social clubs and would go on trips with them for New Year's Eve. She loved BINGO so much she had it down to a science. She and her friends knew where to play on which nights so that they could enjoy the game whenever they wanted. Throughout her life, Joan also found a passion for crafting. It came naturally to her and became her favorite way to unwind at the end of each night. Although she loved ceramics, nothing could stop her love of plastic canvas as she made tissue box holders, after tissue box holders. You may find yourself thinking that ceramics and plastic canvas don't really have anything in common, but they did with Joan. Every single piece she made she had to give away to someone else because that's who she was. Her joy came out of not only creating something beautiful but seeing the look on someone's face when she would surprise them with it. If you came to visit, you would be leaving with one of her tissue boxes no questions asked. That love of crafting showed in her home as well. Joan decorated her house as if every day was a holiday. Changing out lights, and decor for each season that passed while never missing a beat. She also was a huge New York Yankees fan and often joked that she wanted to marry Masahiro Tanaka in another life. If all else failed, one could find Joan getting her hair done every Thursday, or visiting Tim Hortons for her coffee, always with two creams of course. Joan will be remembered for her open heart, friendly nature, but most of all her generosity. She will be greatly missed by all those she touched. Grief is the last act of love we have to give to those we loved. Where there is deep grief, there was great love. Ham, Joan Karen (nee Tucker) April 3, 2021 of Eden, NY. Daughter of the late George and Louise Tucker; devoted mother of Lori (Ronald) Phelan and Gregory (Kim) Ham; cherished grandmother of Rachel (Austin) Sullivan, Michael (Jamie) Phelan, Ryan Phelan, Lauren (Jeff) Haxton, and Allison (Josh) Carey and great-grandmother of 7; loving sister of 8 brothers and sisters; also survived by nieces, nephews, and friends. Friends received Thursday 4/8 from 4-8PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 4199 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg, NY 14075. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Friday 4/9 at 10:30AM at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, 66 E. Main Street, Hamburg, NY 14075. Please assemble at church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Legion Post 880, 2912 Legion Dr, Eden, NY 14057. Online condolences and donations may be made at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday, April 8, 2021
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, Inc. - Hamburg, NY
4199 Lake Shore Road
Hamburg, New York, United States
Mass of Christian Burial
Friday, April 9, 2021
Ss. Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Church
66 East Main St.
Hamburg, New York, United States