Elizabeth Joan (Langan) Hafsaas

Elizabeth Joan (Langan) Hafsaas

Born – November 9, 1933 in Holt County

Died – May 15, 2021 in Omaha, Nebraska 

Joan was born in the Sandhills of Nebraska about 20 miles north of O’Neill, Nebraska near Eagle Creek. Parents were William and Hazel Langan who had 14 children and Joan was the middle child.  She enjoyed farm life and was a mentor to her brothers and sisters.  Joan was very proud of her older brothers, Gerald, Jim and Mart , who served in WWII.   She was like a second mother to her younger siblings.  Joan was kind of a ring leader getting them to do their chores and then take them exploring Eagle Creek and the surrounding hills.  At night she would read them a story before they went to sleep.  No matter how many times they heard the same story she had their attention.  Joan was an awesome big sister.

She married Don Hafsaas, Sr. in 1951 and this produced a family of 8 kids (2 boys and 6 girls). Joan spent the early years of her marriage with Don’s parents, Carl and Stacie Hafsaas, and her sister-in-law, Arlene Harris, in Lynch, Nebraska, while Don served as a medic in the Korean war.   In the late 50’s,  Don and Joan moved to Omaha, NE where Don began a career as a truck driver and she worked at St Vincent De Paul Society.  She was the neighborhood mom that all the kids came over to for kool-aid and cookies.  They moved to Howells, Nebraska area in mid 1970s and she enjoyed working at the Dodge Nursing Home, with a deep dedication to the residents.  Don passed in 1988 and Joan returned to Omaha to be closer with her family.   Since then, she enjoyed life being amongst her kids, grandkids, great-grandkids and great-great-grandkids.   Her family remember her as caring and gentle, always putting others first.  She had many good friends throughout her life. 

Her joys of life were:





No matter the storm, she was always there to protect the family.  Her famous late life words were ” Don’t worry, I will be ok.”

Preceded in death by parents, William and Hazel Langan; husband, Don J Hafsaas, Sr.; daughters, Christine Madison, Lorelei Brockhaus; sons-in-law: Raymond H. Paulson, Dennis Story; grandsons; Eric Jarecki, Jason Hafsaas; brothers: Gerald, Jim, Martin, Hugh, Jack, and Tom; sisters: Mary Johnson, Margaret Rossmeier.  Survived by sons, Richard Hafsaas, Don Hafsaas, Jr. (Pam); daughters: Kathryn Paulson, Linda Jarecki (John), Deborah Roberts (DeWayne); Patricia Phelps (Jim); sons-in-law, James Madison, Chris Brockhaus; siblings: Agnes Langan, Lenora Brown, Mick Langan (Veronica), Phillip Langan, Terry Langan (Karen);many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren; multitude of nieces and nephews.

VISITATION observing CDC guidelines: Friday, May 21st from 5pm to 7pm at West Center Chapel followed by PRAYER SERVICE at 7pm.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to either Omaha St. Vincent De Paul Society or the Dodge Nursing Home in Dodge, Nebraska.



  • Lance Johnson Posted May 18, 2021 5:39 pm

    Many great memories of Aunt Joan, but the most memorable is when she came back to Oregon to visit her sister Mary. She brought back Annie the dog with her back to Nebraska. She will be greatly missed!

  • Jennifer dragon miller Posted May 19, 2021 1:03 pm

    What an amazing woman. She will be missed. Prayers to the whole family.

  • Lucinda Nelson Posted May 19, 2021 11:56 pm

    She was a good person and great aunt she will be missed.

  • Joyce Langan-Aspen Aspen Posted May 20, 2021 9:06 am

    Aunt Joan always had a warm smile. I enjoyed visiting with her at family gatherings. Prayers and Comfort to all.

  • Jenell johnson Posted May 20, 2021 3:28 pm

    So so sorry for your loss.

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