Obituary Details

Joan Mai Habben

May 1, 1938 - March 13, 2018

Birthplace & Residence

Information withheld per family request

Visitation

Location:
Renaissance Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center
Date:
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Time:
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Funeral

Location:
Renaissance Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center
Date:
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Service Time:
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Cemetery

Location:
Pine Forest Memorial Gardens
Date:
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Time:
Immediately Following Service

Notes

Joan was born Joan Eileen Mai to Fred and Augusta (Weisgerber) Mai in Queens, New York. She grew up in Middle Village, (NY) surrounded by a loving family and was raised in the Seventh Day Adventist Church. As a child she and her father went to Dodger games at Ebbets Field, where she watched Jackie Robinson join the team in 1947. Throughout her life she was first a Brooklyn Dodger fan and then rooted for the New York Mets. Her father instilled a love of baseball and her husband a love of hockey, specifically for the Montreal Canadiens.

She graduated from Newtown High School (NY) in 1955, where she had learned typing skills (127 words per minute) that would serve her well in her future profession. She began employment with Mobil Oil in November of that same year, gradually advancing to the work in their Marine Department as an executive secretary. She served the company she loved for 17 years until her daughter, Kerri, was born in 1973. There were friendships forged in these years at Mobil that lasted all of their lives.
It was at Mobil that she met her husband, Eric L. Habben. Together they created a loving energy and truly compatible union that gave everyone around them joy, especially their daughter, Kerri.
Throughout their years together they traveled across the United States and in Eric’s native Canada. Joan always loved geography and possessed a mind that could memorize a map, an inherent skill that made these journeys even more enjoyable.

Since 1978 Joan and her family made their home in Raleigh, North Carolina. Until their passings her parents and aunt and uncle lived across the street from her home, creating a family circle which was a true blessing.
Joan used her wonderful logic, deep devotion, and good memory all of her life, whether it was organizing a craft fair at Kerri’s school, helping to care for ailing family members, or in maintaining a home and providing all that her family could want and more. She was a dedicated needleworker all of her life, including sewing, needlepoint, cross-stitch, and in these most recent years predominantly knitting and crocheting.
In addition to her husband, Eric, and her sister-in-law, Carmen M. Vincent, she is predeceased by her parents, Fred and Augusta Mai, a great-uncle and aunt, Henry and Wilma Weisgerber, and many friends from all aspects of her life.

She is survived by her grateful daughter, Kerri Mai Habben; a nephew and his wife, Wayne and Donna Vincent; their children and grandchildren; a niece, Lynne Vincent, and her daughter, Lindy Vincent. In addition she leaves many dear friends who also brought her much joy.
Kerri wishes to thank all of the friends who truly were angels during Joan’s brief illness with metastasized disease of the brain. Their unwavering devotion and loving care is further evidence of the love and grace that surrounds us. Their presence truly gave Joan and Kerri a precious peace during this life transition.

Joan was a person of great faith. She lived her love for God with an open heart every day of her life and leaves a treasured example of authenticity and integrity to all who knew and love her.
She will be missed tremendously and loved endlessly.
Posted by:
Adam Ure
Posted on:
March 4, 2019
Pamela Thomas do you know how I can get ahold of kerri
Posted by:
Linda Porter
Posted on:
October 10, 2018
Kerri I hope this reaches you. David and I just learned of your mother’s passing through Terry O’Neill.

Please keep in touch with us at porter4953@gmail.com

Much love and blessings

Linda and David Porter
Posted by:
Lynn Birken Goldenberg
Posted on:
March 20, 2018
A lovely and caring person who was always thinking of others. She touched so many people and will be missed. Rest gently Joan.
Posted by:
Arline F. Smith
Posted on:
March 19, 2018
Lit a candle in memory of Joan Mai Habben
Posted by:
hilda campbell
Posted on:
March 19, 2018
She was an amazing person and I will truly miss her. Hilda Campbell
Posted by:
Pamela Thomas
Posted on:
March 19, 2018
Lit a candle in memory of Joan Mai Habben
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Cindy Renna
Posted on:
March 19, 2018
Lit a candle in memory of Joan Mai Habben
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Diana Hansen
Posted on:
March 19, 2018
Lit a candle in memory of Joan Mai Habben
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CMP
Posted on:
March 18, 2018
I remember the day you and Kerri came over. I was not in a good place. I talked and you listened and I was in a better place because you listened. I will always remember that. I will miss you. May the Lord bless you an keep you.
Posted by:
Arline F. Smith
Posted on:
March 17, 2018
Joan and I were best friends from the moment we met each other when we were quite young--like "two peas in a pod". We had so many special times together and I have such
beautiful memories. I will miss my dear friend but I'm not saying goodbye just "until we
meet again. Love you, Arline
Posted by:
michelle raineri
Posted on:
March 17, 2018
Kerri, sending loving prayer for strength and comfort to you my sweet friend. I admire the relationship you and your mom had and the commitment and love you gave to her right til the end, even though it was very physically challenging for you. You never let it slow you down and I admire you for that. It was such a joy to spend those days with you and Joan; some laughter and tears, but mostly to be present in the amazing love and bond you two shared. I know how much you will miss her. May the love of friends and all of your memories together keep your mom close and carry you through this new part of the journey. My Love and Sympathy- Michelle Raineri
Posted by:
Elizabeth Mattson
Posted on:
March 17, 2018
Kerri, I am so sad to hear of Joan's passing. There are so many knitting memories of the two of you. Thank you for all that you did for me. I worry about you and hope you find comfort knowing that you did so much for your mother. Beth Mattson
Posted by:
Glen L
Posted on:
March 15, 2018
Joan will be ever present and ever loved! We are grateful for her recipes, words of encouragement, great conversations and listening (yes even in Walmart!). Your love and support in our lives will be forever remembered. Glen & Chris
Posted by:
Ruth Ann & Philip Christ
Posted on:
March 15, 2018
Oh we will never forget Joan and Kerri and of course Eric. We had some wonderful visits down at their home over the past years. Always loved being in their company always much to talk and laugh about. Joan will be missed and our prayers go out to Kerri and the family and many friends she had. God Bless, Ruth Ann & Philip from PA.
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Visitation

Renaissance Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center
7615 Six Forks Rd
Raleigh, NC 27615
919-866-1866
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Funeral

Renaissance Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center
7615 Six Forks Rd
Raleigh, NC 27615
919-866-1866
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Cemetery

Pine Forest Memorial Gardens
770 Stadium Drive
Wake Forest, NC 27587
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