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Joan M (Hiatt) Gearing

August 11, 1931 ~ November 7, 2020 (age 89)


Joan M. Gearing died on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at the age of 89 peacefully in her home.  She was the daughter of Glenn and Mabel Hiatt.  In 1953 she married Paul W. “Doc” Gearing who died in 1989.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Jean Greutman.

Joan attended BGSU and the Defiance College where she received her degree in Education.  She taught at Northeastern Local Schools for 29 years.  During her tenure, she was awarded the Golden Ram award in 1988 and was named Outstanding Elementary Teacher award in 1975.  She also served on the Founding Board of Young Peoples Theater.

Joan was a member of the First Presbyterian Church,  and a lifetime member of the Ohio Retired Teachers Association.  

Surviving Joan are her children; Paul E. Gearing  of Defiance, Peggy J. (Gearing) May of Brunswick, OH, and David W. Gearing of Defiance. She also leaves behind two grandchildren, Lynne Rodriquez and Janelle Seibt, and four great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 12:00 noon on Monday, November 16, 2020 at Riverview Memory Gardens in Defiance.

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Graveside Service
November 16, 2020

12:00 PM
Riverview Memory Gardens
Defiance, Ohio 43512


First Presbyterian Church Defiance
501 Washington Ave Defiance, OH 43512,
Tel: 419-782-2781

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