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UPDATED: Joan Hirning, Long Time Glen Rocker Passed Away At 79

Feb 12, 2020 02:49PM ● By Julie Maxwell Allen

Born and raised in Mansfield, PA Joan Lunn Hirning was the daughter of a well-known professor at  Mansfield University and a music aficionado mother.

After graduating from Wilson College as a language teacher, Joan married the man of her dreams, Herbert Hirning and moved to  Cresskill NJ and then landed in Glen Rock NJ in 1969 for her forever home.  Here she raised her 2 daughters Kristen and Katie and taught French and special ed at Glen Rock Sr. High School. While teaching, she was very involved with the exchange programs – German, French and Czech Republic.

After retiring, she remained involved in the Schools through the exchanges and being a tutor or an SAT monitor. Joan was very involved with the community through the Community Church, Republicans club and dog rescue. She was the mom to 4 rescue furbabies – Beau,  Porkchop, Teddy, and Tess. She loved her furbabies.

Joan was a force to be reckoned with. From her politics to her love for Glen Rock. Nothing stood in her way of making sure that everyone knew her love of the Rock.  She bent over backward for former students, old friends and even the new members in the Glen Rock Community to make sure they felt safe, loved and welcome.

Barbara Gutman stated, ” My friendship with Joan went back many years and we shared many wonderful moments and memories together. We met for lunch and spoke often and used to laugh sharing old stories. Joan was a wonderful person and a true friend. Our condolences to the family and all who knew and loved her. She will be sorely  missed-R.I.P. 
Kathleen Mary, commented, ” I met Joan about 15 years ago walking her dog. I got her Beau her Jack Russell. She was a wonderful individual and I will miss her. She touched so many people. What an amazing person. Any dog she had was spoiled- we were fortunate to have met her. Rest in Peace Joan.”


Glen Rock was Joan’s home and love. She loved the kindness of the residents – whether they were friends or strangers. They stepped up to the plate to help, just as she did.

Please stay tuned for memorial service information on GRNT.

Rest in Peace Joan, and thank you for all you did for GRNT and Glen Rock. 

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Glen Rock NJ Dog Park - Glen Rock, NJ in her memory and her fur babies Josie, Beau, Porkchop, Teddy, and Tess. 

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