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Joan Barbara (King) Hasenstein

February 28, 1930 ~ June 26, 2021 (age 91)


Leominster-Joan Barbara Ann (King) Hasenstein, of Leominster, Massachusetts, devoted wife, mother, grandmother and dedicated nurse, died on Saturday, June 26, 2021 following a brave battle with cancer. She was 91 years old. Born on February 28, 1930 in Worcester, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Florence (King) King, of Worcester. The fourth child and only daughter among five boys, Joan and her brothers were separated when their parents died. Joan was sent to live with relatives in Leominster as a young girl, residing first with Dr. John J. and Mrs. Agnes (King) Curley and then, with Irving and Etta (Millen) King. Joan enrolled at May A. Gallagher Junior High School where she met the love of her life and future husband of 55 years, Herman Karl Hasenstein, Jr., who predeceased her in May, 2008. Joan graduated from Leominster High School in 1948. Acting in high school plays formed the foundation of her enjoyment of theater in future years. Her enduring passion for reading was born of long summers spent with, Etta, Irving and cousin, Richard, at Moody Beach in Wells, Maine.

   Upon graduation from high school, Joan attended and graduated from Leominster Hospital School of Nursing. In 1953, upon Herman's return from US Naval service, they were married at St. Leo's Parish and made Leominster their home.    

   A nurse at Leominster Hospital for 47 years, Joan took great pride in her profession. She worked in the maternity ward, calling it "the happiest ward in the hospital".  She loved nursing and extended her care and comfort to all in need. Her vigorous spirit and sense of adventure contributed to a life of learning and travel, taking classes, visiting and traveling with her brothers, and on many ski slopes and favorite beaches over the years.  Never without books at her side, she had deepest appreciation for the Leominster Public Library, its staff and her fellow book lovers. Joan cherished her many close friends.  She enjoyed luncheons out and planning class reunions with high school friends and nurses until the pandemic occurred. Most importantly and joyously for her, she was grandmother to two granddaughters, whom she treasured. She was an adored and essential part of their lives. Annual trips with them were among her happiest memories.  

   Joan is survived by her daughter, Pamela Ann (Hasenstein) Erdos and her husband, David Carl Erdos of Harvard, Massachusetts. She was predeceased by her husband, Herman, her infant daughter, Karen Ann Hasenstein and her brothers, Robert, Harold, John, James and Gerald King. She leaves her beloved granddaughters, Emily and Katie Erdos, and dear sisters-in law, Mary Catherine (Hasenstein) Howard of Leominster and Mary Jean (Hibbing) King of Omaha, Nebraska. She is survived by her loving nephews and nieces, John P. Howard, Kevin Howard and wife, Laura, and Brendan A. Howard and wife, Annette, Raymond King and wife, Jackie, great-niece, Lisa (King) Parsons and husband, Steve, Christopher King, Tracy King, Patricia (King) Francisco, Michael King and wife, Jennifer, Barbara (King) Thompson and husband, Greg, their families, many cousins and friends. Ever youthful, her optimism, strength and twinkling blue "King" eyes continue to shine in our hearts.

   At Joan's request, there are no calling hours. A funeral Mass of thanksgiving for her life will be held at St. Leo’s Parish, Leominster, on Thursday, November 18 at 10:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Joan's memory to the Leominster Public Library, 30 West Street, Leominster, Massachusetts 01453, or to St. Leo’s Parish, 108 Main Street. Leominster, Massachusetts 01453, where she was a parishioner. The family extends their sincerest gratitude to those at HealthAlliance Hospital, Leominster and Burbank and UMass Memorial Hospital Worcester who provided exceptional and compassionate care to Joan.

   The Smith-Mallahy-Masciarelli and the Fitchburg Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Homes, 243 Water St. has been entrusted with the care of Joan’s arrangements.

   To leave an online condolence for the family or to plant a tree in Joan’s memory, please visit our website at www.mascirellifamilyfuneralhomes.net.

   John F. Masciarelli, James M. Hebert and Tessa Shea, funeral directors.

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Memorial Mass
November 18, 2021

10:30 AM
St. Leo’s Church
Main St.
Leominster, Ma 01453

November 18, 2021

11:30 AM
Saint Leo Cemetery
360 Lancaster St.
Leominster, MA 01453

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