Joan E. Hazen

Joan E. Hazen

December 30, 1968 ‐ October 21, 2021
Joan E. Hazen
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio Resided In: Westlake, Ohio Visitation: October 29, 2021 Service: October 30, 2021

Joan Elizabeth Hazen (née Petrella), a devoted Catholic educator from Westlake, Ohio, passed peacefully in her home at the age of 52 while surrounded by her family after a four-year long battle with cancer.

Joan is survived by her parents, Margaret Petrella (née Cusick) and David Petrella (Rita); husband, Brett Hazen; sons, Taylor and Alec Lintz; in-laws, Jack and Patty Hazen; siblings, Pam Wolff (Russ), Kathy Wolf (Bob), David Petrella, Ed Petrella, Tom Petrella (Lisa), Jim Petrella (Amy), Mary Petrella, Brian Hazen (Tina), and Chris Hazen; dearest friend, Kim Newell; and nieces and nephews, Laura (Jody), Bryan (Halie), Lindsay (Larry), Monica (James), Robert (Stephanie), Melanie, Daniel, Rachel, Tommy, Matthew, Hannah, Jamie, Lennon, Ireland, Emma, Kate, Lexi, Adella, Gemma, Camilla, Layla, Penelope, Ezra and Reagan

Joan was born in Berea on December 30, 1968 to Margaret Petrella and David Petrella (Rita). Joan attended North Olmsted High School and Bowling Green University, where she prepared for her lifelong career in Catholic education, and Ursuline College, where she later attained her Master’s degree in educational administration. She taught at Sts. Peter and Paul in Garfield Heights, St. Martin of Tours in Maple Heights, St. Brendan in North Olmsted, Wunderlich Intermediate School in Houston, Texas, and most recently St. Bernadette in Westlake. She also
served as the principal of St. Joseph Parish School in Avon Lake.

Joan grew up on Ambour Drive in North Olmsted with her parents and seven siblings. In her youth, she enjoyed her time as a spirited cheerleader at North Olmsted High School, expertly playing her violin, and delighted in her many years of service at Dariview in Fairview Park with her best friend, Kim. Joan welcomed her cherished sons, Taylor and Alec Lintz, into the world on October 17, 1994 and July 30, 1997 respectively and married her beloved husband, Brett Hazen, on May 15, 2010. She was actively involved in her parishes, St. Bernadette in Westlake and St. Ignatius of Loyola in Spring, Texas, where she served as a Eucharistic minister, lector, and member of many ministries. She was happiest while enjoying warm days in the bright sunshine, running, dancing, and playing games with her large family, but her ultimate goal in life was to point her family, friends, students, colleagues, and everyone else she encountered in the direction of God’s unconditional love. Her unwavering faith allowed her to triumphantly pass with full confidence that she will spend eternity with her loved ones and her Savior in paradise.

Visitation will take place at Jenkins Funeral Home (2914 Dover Center Rd, Westlake, OH 44145) from 3:00-7:00 pm on Friday, October 29, 2021. The funeral Mass will be held at St. Bernadette Catholic Church (2256 Clague Rd, Westlake, OH 44145) at 10:00 am on Saturday, October 30, 2021 with a celebration of life luncheon to immediately follow at the same location.  In lieu of flowers, please direct donations in Joan’s memory to The Gathering Place (25425 Center Ridge Rd, Westlake, OH 44145) or Cleveland Catholic Charities (7911 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102).

Guest Comments

Roberta Wendt Osborne
Lebanon, OH

So sorry to see this. I guess I missed this information in October. My sympathies to her family. We were classmates at NOHS.

Darlene Bonomini
Strongsville ohio

What a beautiful soul inside and out my deepest condolences we are all honored to have known her blessings to family and friends

Mary Jane Orrick & family
Brunswick, OH

It's moments like these that words fall short. But we hope you know how much love is in our hearts for Joanie and your family. You are in our thoughts & prayers.
Her eternal life has just begun, may she rest in peace.

Sonya Petry
Rocky River, Ohio

I am so sorry to hear that Joan lost her battle with cancer. I did not know Joan well, but while she was able, we shared several Eucharistic Minister duties. I liked her very much. Was unable to attend either the wake or the funeral but wanted the family to know that what I knew of Joanie, I liked. I am so sorry for your loss.

Erin Hoffert
Cleveland, Ohio

Taylor, I will be thinking of you and praying for you during this difficult time. Please let me know if I can ever be of any support, I am here for you.

Cathy Knittel

Taylor, I offer to you and your family my loving support and prayerful companionship during this very difficult time. Your mother will always be with you. You have my deep admiration and esteem always for the example of tender care given so joyfully to her on her journey to heaven. God bless you!

Marty Eynon

My prayers and condolences on the loss of a very special person. It was always so comforting seeing her at the school masses- she will be missed.

Suzanne Valdivia

Alec, we are holding you and your family in our hearts here at Sanford. Here for you if you need anything at all. Sending much love.

Nancy Brent
Rocky River

You will be so missed, dear friend.
Nancy (at 9:45)

Alexis Shindhelm
Emerald Isle, NC

Alec, My heart goes out to you and your family. I am so deeply sorry. You and all your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Please know that we are all here for support.

Hope Arcuri

My prayers are with you and your family -- during this time and always! Thank you for being an incredible friend and man of God, two traits I am sure you learned and emulated from your amazing mom. Sending so much love.

Elise G
Durham NC

Alec, please know that we’re thinking of you and your family. We’re holding you close.

Karen Cocita
Cleveland, Ohio

I hold so many wonderful memories working with Joan as principals in the Diocese of Cleveland. She had a way that brought smiles to all. She always has been such a faith-filled role model. You will be missed, but at peace now with the hands of our Lord wrapped tightly around you.

Chrystal Manos
Middleburg Heights


What a truly bright light shining! I will miss seeing your beautiful smile. Thank you for being kind and gracious.

Chrystal Manos

Jerry Grippe
Henderson, NV

While I have never met Joan, I heard many great things about her from my college roommate, Jack Hazen. I can only imagine how difficult a time this is, and I offer my prayers to help you navigate through this sadness. God bless Joan and her family.

Ana Maganto Ramirez
New York, NY

Queen Joanie had a presence and influence even when I had never met her in person. Joanie, thank you for bringing into this world and raising one of my favorite people, Alec. One of her greatest treasures is also one of mine. I am so glad she is reuniting with our Savior in Heaven confidently. Much love and prayers to the family!

Suzanne Owen
Roseville, Ca

I am going to miss you dear Joannie. You have been a mentor for me in my cancer, a ray of hope and a faithful reminder of God's love and the power of prayer. Kiss my Dad for me and I will see you again some day.

The Blake Family
North Olmsted Ohio

Taylor and Alec you and your family are in our prayers. We all loved your beautiful mom. Safe home Joanie.

Rob Palmisano
Atlanta, GA

Alec, you have my heart and my prayers during this immeasurably challenging time.

Gaby and Melba Hoover
Odessa, Florida

Taylor we are lifting you and your family in prayer and asking God to breathe His peace that surpasses all understanding in you and through you. <3