Joanne L. Hatton

March 13, 1931 - August 24, 2020

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Thursday, August 27, 2020
11:30 a.m.
Maple Grove Cemetery
New Haven , Ohio

Joanne L. Hatton, age 89, former resident of Willard, Ohio, passed away on Monday, August 24, 2020 at the Seneca House in Tiffin, Ohio, where she has lived for the past 5 years. She was born on March 13, 1931 in Clarington, Ohio to the late Rev. John and Josephine (Jonescu) Herion, and lived in Greenville and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Duluth, Minnesota; Hickory, North Carolina and Fort Myers and Lake Placid, Florida. While growing up in the parsonage of Grace United Methodist Church in Willard, as her father was the minister, Joanne began a deep commitment to serving the Lord in the Methodist Church. With each move, she and her husband, Gene, committed to being involved in the church, and chose to become lay representatives in the Methodist Church, while serving in Hickory, at Lake Junaluska, NC. Upon returning to Willard about 10 years ago, she became an active member of First United Methodist Church in Willard.

Joanne was known, by all who loved her, as a very creative and spontaneous person! She was a gourmet cook, established a catering business, was an excellent water-colorist, loved to sew and knit, and was an avid reader. She was willing to try anything new, and had a very informed and current sense of fashion. She and her husband, Gene, planted beautiful gardens wherever they lived, and loved to visit gardens when they traveled. Joanne was an experienced traveler, and has journeyed to many countries on five continents, and most states in the U.S. Given that her father emigrated from Germany in the 1920's, she has enjoyed traveling with her German cousins, and was so happy to be in Germany in November, 1991, when the Berlin Wall came down.

She is survived by two sons, Dennis Hatton of Norwalk and David (Paola Olaya) Hatton of Media, PA; three daughters, Karen (Gordon) Davidson of Mill Spring, NC, Vicki (David) Leeds of Horse Shoe, NC and Barbara (Bill) Franke of Farmington, MN; 8 grandchildren, Drew Hatton, Geoff Hatton, Ross Hatton, Katie Brooks, Matthew Davidson, Joshua Davidson, Paloma Freundt, Alondra Freundt, Heather Klein and Alex Klun; 11 great grandchildren, Noah, Amber, Drew, Alaina, Josh, Hailey, Miles, Stella, William, Theodore and Mithril, and two sisters, Susan (Bill) Klein of Macedonia, Ohio and Diane Richter of Houston, TX.

She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Eugene F. Hatton who passed away September 14, 2013; parents, Rev. John and Josephine (Jonescu) Herion; one sister, Ruth (Tom) Secor and sister-in-law, Marilyn (Rhea) Rodgers.

Joanne has also enjoyed a dear, late in life friendship with Gene Fatzinger, while living at Seneca House in Tiffin. They have enjoyed perch dinners together, jigsaw puzzles, challenging Bingo games and weekend pancake breakfasts with his family, who embraced our mother, as if she were their own. We are grateful for Gene, as he has stood by our mother’s side, through every one of her last days, holding her hand.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. at Maple Grove Cemetery in New Haven, Ohio with Rev. Douglas P. DeVos officiating. Memorial contributions may be made online to, or given to the funeral home, for Heartland Hospice of Fremont, Ohio. These donations will go directly toward grants for hospice clients who are struggling with health care expenses. Online condolences may be made to the family at


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Gloria Spargo, Greenville pPa - Aug 28, 2020
Dear family, I am an old and dear friend of Joanne’s and Gene’s. When you lived in Pittsburgh I visited often and while in Greenville we did many family picnic’s etc. together. Please get in touch with me. Check Joanne’s address book for phone number. I am greatly saddened to hear of her death. Old friend, Gloria Address: 27 Rosedale Ave. Greenville,Pa. 16125. Still in my own home.
Peggy Opatken - Aug 27, 2020
What a full wonderful life. I liked the tiffin home
Donn and Liz Lidington - Aug 27, 2020
So very sorry to hear of Joanne's passing, She was such a lovely woman inside and out and so accomplished in so many different areas. We never saw her without her beautiful smile! Donn knew her professionally, and I knew her both from First United Methodist Church and her wonderful contributions to Research Club. Our lives were enriched by having known her. So happy to know that she found another Gene to enjoy her later life with. Such a blessing for both of them, I'm sure. She will be missed by many. Please accept our deepest sympathies for your loss.
Jeanne and Doug Lillo - Aug 26, 2020
My condolences to the family, Joanne was a very loving and sweet aunt and will always be in our memories. Prayers to the family .
Carolyn Howell Ruckman - Aug 26, 2020
Sincere condolences to the Herion/Hatton family..having grown up in the Grace Methodist family, I fondly remember Rev. Herion who baptised me, his wife who was my Sunday School teacher, and the Herion daughters.
Jenny fillhart - Aug 26, 2020
dear family, it was wonderful having a small part in your mom's life. God comfort you in the days ahead!! we will miss her!! love, Jenny and Gladys. seneca house
RONALD HATTON, Vera Hatton - Aug 26, 2020
To all the Joanne Family: We will miss my 1st cousin very much. She is now where she wants to be with Gene, to be together again and in GOD'S Home.
Barb Franke - Aug 26, 2020
My mom. Gorgeous inside and out. 30 years older. Cooking. Gardening. Mom, I’m glad that you waited for all of us to come. Your garden at The Seneca House is a sanctuary full of delicious herbs and vegetables. Gene and I praised the garden that you started. We were in the garden when you took your last breath in the room. You’re with God and pain fee mom. I’ll love you forever beautiful mom! Rest mom... be with Dad and God. Say hi to Hosie for me, I’m sure she and princess greeted you. Love, Your Barbie baby 🥰😘
C. Diane Richter - Aug 25, 2020
My heart goes out to all of you, I am sorry that I can't make it to the funeral. Joanne was a loving person, I am glad that she doesn't have to suffer any more in the nursing home. It is sad to watch a person slowly pass away in a nursing home. Joanne was 16 years older than me, so she was on her own while I was growing up, but I always loved her, and her love will always be in my heart. Joanne was: J joyful and full of god's love, O only helping others, A always looking on the bright side, N never giving up with her flowers and cooking, N nice to everyone, E everyday, she loved the Lord!! She was a beautiful sister! Love,Diane Richter