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Joan Barbara (Stanley) Craven

September 1, 1931 ~ June 27, 2018 (age 86)

Joan Barbara (Stanley) Craven, 86, formerly of Springfield, passed away peacefully on Wednesday June 27th at Parkland Medical Center in Derry, NH. She was born in Springfield to the late Theodore and Ellen (Voudrin) Stanley. Joan was a former member of East Congregational Church and the Bethesda Lutheran Church, both in Springfield. Joan enjoyed a long career working at the former Steiger’s Department Stores. She started on the floor at the downtown store in Springfield, as a sales associate before being promoted to Assistant Manager. Her new responsibilities with Steiger’s led her to many of the other stores, including the Eastfield and Holyoke Malls, Springfield Plaza and the Westfield Shops. Joan was a strong hearted and able person. She was a great mother and grandmother. She had many interests and hobbies, which included visiting Hawaii, tending to her roses and tulips that she planted in her garden, and cooking many memorable meals for her family. She will be dearly missed by her four children, Christine Mitchell and her husband Robert T. of Springfield, Jeffrey L. Craven and his wife Cheryl of Chicopee, Kathleen Craven of Derry, NH and Carolyn Craven of Tennessee; her sister, Lois Klotz of Islip, NY; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Edward F. Craven in 1993, her son, William Craven in 1983 and her two brothers, Ted Stanley, Jr. and Kenneth Stanley. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday July 3rd from 4 – 7 PM at the Hafey Funeral Home, 494 Belmont Ave., Springfield with a service to be held at 6:30 pm in the funeral home. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family in Oak Grove Cemetery in Springfield.

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