Joan Mae Staven
July 14, 1924 – July 25, 2010
Mae Staven, a devoted wife, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother
and loving and compassionate friend, passed away Sunday, July 25, 2010,
peacefully after a sudden turn of events during her ovarian cancer
Joan was born in Waukesha on July 14, 1924, to
Hugo and Julia Deil. She graduated from Waukesha High School in 1943. She
worked as an instructor at Patricia Stevens Modeling School in Milwaukee,
and enjoyed modeling in both Wisconsin and in Arizona throughout her life.
She also worked in the Carroll College business office in Waukesha, where
she met and married her husband of 62 years, Ralph R. Staven, on Jan. 10,
In Waukesha, Joan was an active member of the
Junior Women’s Club, Women’s Club and Waukesha Service Club. In
Arizona, she was an active member of Creative Women of Pinnacle Peak, the
Red Hat Ladies and the Thomas J. Pappas School for the homeless children.
Joan loved playing cards and mahjong, and she
enjoyed many years of golfing with the "Niners."
Joan is survived by her sons, Mark (Renee), Gary
(Jean), David of Wisconsin, and her daughter, Mary Beth (Stephen) Canham
of Arizona. She was a loving grandmother to five grandchildren and four
Joan devoted her life to her family and friends
and will be greatly missed by all.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m.
Thursday, July 29, at Messinger Pinnacle Peak Mortuary, 8555 E. Pinnacle
Peak Road, Scottsdale, Ariz. A private luncheon will follow at Pinnacle
Peak Country Club.
The family requests donations in Joan’s memory
to Hospice of the Valley Sherman House, 5801 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ
85054-4503; or The Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Arizona (OCAZ), 7927 E. Las
Piedras Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85266.
Messinger Pinnacle Peak Mortuary, 480-502-3378, is
serving the family.