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Joan H. Huebner

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Joan H. Huebner Obituary
August 10, 1931 - March 1, 2017 Joan Hoffman Huebner was born August 10, 1931, in Hagerstown, MD, and passed away peacefully in La Cañada, CA, March 1, 2017, at age 85. The daughter of Edwin Hoffman and Alice Eckert Hoffman, Joan, who grew up in Mercersburg, PA, was the youngest of six children. She was described in her high school yearbook as a lighthearted spirit: "A natural and fun-loving blonde and a bit dizzy, Jo very seldom manages to get her tall-slender self in the school door in time for the 8:30 bell." She enjoyed sports, especially playing basketball, and was also studious, earning a BA in early childhood education from Hood College in Frederick, MD, from which her sisters also graduated. Joan was teaching elementary school in the Baltimore School District when she met the love of her life on a blind date - LA-native Harlan Pierce Huebner. They married three weeks later on November 1, 1952, at the Presbyterian Church in Mercersburg, and immediately moved to Los Angeles, where Harlan, a patent attorney, was stationed in the military. Their union lasted 44 years, until Harlan's death in 1996. Joan taught school in the San Fernando Valley for a year and a half prior to the births of her three daughters, Jo-Ellan, Loring and Elizabeth, who she and Harlan raised in Glendale, CA. She instilled in them a love of music, spirit of adventure, passion for travel and zeal for the outdoors, introducing them to body surfing, skiing and glamping long before they were in vogue. In addition, Joan was an early advocate of women in the workplace, inspiring her daughters in their own professional accomplishments. Civic-minded, Joan was an ardent supporter of the Glendale Symphony and was also deeply involved as a volunteer and board member of the Glendale Chapter of National Charity League and Twelve Oaks, an assisted-living facility for seniors in La Crescenta, CA. She traveled extensively, particularly enjoying trips to South America, Europe, Morocco, Hong Kong and Napa Valley. A meticulous homemaker, accomplished gourmet chef and genial hostess noted for her wit, Joan always enjoyed hosting friends and family. She also held her own at the bridge table and was an avid reader and dedicated gardener who lovingly tended her roses and citrus trees. Joan is survived by her sister Alice, daughters Jo-Ellan Dimitrius, Loring Huebner Guessous and Elizabeth Huebner, sons-in-law Matt Johnson and Randy Peukert, and grandchildren Nikki, Frances, Stirling, Kenza, Driss, Wyatt and Ella. Joan's memory and spirit continues to enrich all of their lives. Graveside services at Mercersburg's Fairhaven Cemetery will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Joan may be sent to Hood College, Office of Institutional Advancement, 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD, 21701. https://secure.hood.edu/makeagift/
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Mar. 18 to Mar. 19, 2017
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