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Joan Carrine Caven, of Aberdeen, passed away Thursday, June 14, 2018 at her daughter’s home in Lakewood, Colorado at the age of 90. She struggled with refractory congestive heart failure and lung disease, but died peacefully, surrounded by her children, enveloped by the same dignity that she lived her life.
Mass of Christian burial will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 25, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 409 3rd Avenue SE, Aberdeen, with Father Barry Reuwsaat as celebrant.
Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery.
Schriver’s Memorial Mortuary and Crematory, 414 5th Avenue NW, Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be 4-6 p.m., Sunday, at the mortuary, and one hour prior to Mass at the church on Monday.
Friends may sign Joan’s online guestbook and also view her service via the live stream service link at www.schriversmemorial.com.
Joan Carrine Cochrane was born January 9, 1928 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Herbert Francis and Florence Lucille (Meyers) Cochrane. The family later moved to Aberdeen, South Dakota to accommodate her father’s employment with the railroad.
Following graduation from Aberdeen Central High School, Joan began working for Kirkpatrick’s Jewelry and remained employed there until she met and married James L. Caven on August 9, 1948. The couple remained in Aberdeen throughout their 59 years of marriage. All Joan ever wanted to do was be a wife and a mother, both of which she did with panache.
A person’s life should not be measured by their accomplishments, but equally important by their strength of character and integrity. Friendships were made that lasted a lifetime, and so very many individuals beyond her own children felt honored and blessed to also call her mom. Her personality and demeanor drew everyone into her loving circle.
Joan was extremely witty, kind, caring, and so very beloved by so many. She loved to play cards and scrabble and do crossword puzzles. Joan taught everyone around her to love a good game. In the last few years, she enjoyed playing games and staying in touch with family and friends using her electronic GrandPad.
Blessed to have shared in Joan’s life are her children: Kathleen Ann (Roger) Famestad, Georgia Lee Caven, Mark Allen (Mary) Caven and Nancy Jo (Tim) Caven-Smalley; her adopted daughter, Colleen Otsuka; as well as four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren that were the apple of her eye and who gave her immeasurable joy over the years.
Joan is preceded in death by her husband, James Caven, who passed away on December 10, 2007; one stillborn daughter, Mary Caven; two grandchildren: Jessica Elaine Caven and James Patrick Caven; her parents, Herbert Francis Cochrane and Florence Lucille Cochrane; and seven siblings: Fran Adair, Paula Gallipo, Pat Borchers, Georgia Anderson, Roberta Deitrich, Herbert Francis Cochrane, Jr. and Jackie Reed.
Joan’s passing leaves a hole in the hearts of many, however, there is also joy in knowing that she will join her beloved husband, Jim, after over a decade of being apart.
Joan’s family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at The Denver Hospice. They were a godsend to the family in Joan’s final days and fostered comfort in her final hours, allowing her to pass with dignity and grace, just as she lived her life.
Memorials are preferred to: The Denver Hospice, 501 Cherry Street, Suite 700, Denver, CO 80246.
The Denver Hospice
501 Cherry Street - Suite 700, Denver CO 80246