Joan C. Hahn, 73, a retired mental health counselor and longtime former resident of Idaho Falls, died Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the palliative care unit of
in Phoenix. She was suffering from congestive heart failure.
Joan was born in New York City to Dr. John V. and Yolanda M. Corrado. She attended Catholic parochial and secondary schools in New York City and received her B.A. in psychology from the College of New Rochelle in 1959. She completed coursework for a master's degree in clinical psychology at Fordham University in 1961 and received a Master in Counseling degree from Idaho State University in 1986.
After a whirlwind courtship, in 1962, she married Idaho Falls native Robert F. Hahn, M.D., in New York City. They lived in Houston, Salt Lake City and Idaho Falls. Dr. Hahn died in 1982. In 1992, she married Ralph Struhs; the couple divorced in 1997.
While raising her five children, Joan remained an active member of her church and civic communities: She was past president of the Sacred Heart Community Hospital Auxiliary, the Idaho Falls Medical Auxiliary, the Christ the King Parish Women's Club, the Holy Rosary School Endowment Foundation, the Community Hospital Board, the Community Hospital Foundation and the Idaho Counseling Association. In addition to being a former treasurer of Cursillos in Christianity and a member of the Idaho Falls Rotary Club, she was also a founding member of the Habitat for Humanity team in Idaho Falls.
In her career as a mental health counselor, Joan worked for five years with patients at the Behavioral Health Center of EIRMC and at Christian Counseling Services before opening her own practice in 1991. She continued to see patients until her retirement in 2002.
Joan had a deep curiosity about the world and a love of culture, cooking and good conversation. Retirement brought her a chance to travel, with visits to Mexico, the United Arab Emirates and a monthlong cruise around South America. After moving from Idaho Falls, she lived in Sunrise, Fla.; Vancouver, Wash.; and Phoenix.
Joan is survived by her children, Margaret Richardson of Minneapolis, Robert Hahn of Phoenix, Gina Hahn Truog of Brookline, Mass., Katherine Hahn of Las Vegas and Michael Hahn of Washington, D.C.; four grandchildren, Graham, Claire, Robert and Kate; two brothers, Martin Corrado of Abu Dhabi, UAE, and John Corrado of Sunrise, Fla.; and her dear companion, Ray Bouvier of Vancouver, Wash.
She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Stephanie Claire.
A memorial service for Joan will be held in July at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, with the interment of ashes following in the family plot in Rose Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be sent to the Holy Rosary Endowment Foundation Fund, 161 9th St., Idaho Falls, ID 83404; or
, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.