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Joan Frances (Malley) Hallaron, 76, of DeKalb, Illinois, died Friday, February 9, 2018, at home, surrounded by her loving family.
Born March 21, 1941, in Sparta, Wisconsin, Joan was the daughter of Harold Everett and Helen May (Rolfsen) Malley. Joan married Stanley G.("Jerry") Hallaron June 13, 1964, in Savanna, IL.
She served the Hinckley-Big Rock District as high school librarian and media specialist for 25 years. Having earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from NIU, Joan was an active member of the Illinois Education Association and local president, region council representative, and was on the state election committee. She was a member of the Illinois School Library Media Association and a former member of the American Library Association.
Formerly a member of The Church of St. Mary of Sycamore, she served as a church organist there for the for 27 years. She was also active there on the parish council and was its chairperson for three years. Later, in DeKalb, she was a Eucharistic Minister and choir member at Christ the Teacher University Parish. Joan also was a lay associate of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart.
She was an active member of the DeKalb County Migrant Ministry, heading it for several years. The Ministry in this time helped many former migrant families settle in the DeKalb area, eventually ending the need for this ministry in the early 1980s. For several years she also was a member of the Illinois Migrant Head Start Policy Council, serving as its chairperson for three years.
She is survived by her husband; daughter, Elizabeth Hallaron of DeKalb; sons, Kenneth Hallaron of DeKalb and Matthew (Amy Novick) Hallaron of Schaumburg; granddaughters, Shira and Ariana Hallaron of Schaumburg; foster daughter, Tricia Brownfield of North Judson, Indiana; sister, Margaret (Burdette) Dauphin of Savanna; brother, Russell Malley of Mt. Carroll; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 pm Saturday, February 17, 2018, at Christ the Teacher University Parish, Newman Center at NIU, 512 Normal Road, DeKalb, with Fr. Matthew McMorrow officiating. Burial will be at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Sycamore. Visitation will be from 4-7 pm Friday, February 16, at Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Quiram Sycamore Chapel, 1245 Somonauk St., Sycamore.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Sudan Relief Fund (

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  1. William and Julenne Davey

    Please accept our deepest sympathy at the loss of your wife and Mother. We both knew and worked with Joan who always showed kindness and a sincere interest in all who came into contact with her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.

  2. Jeanne & Jack

    Joan was a wonderful woman. We share great memories of her of celebrating as grandparents. Her life was a blessing. Because of her we now have Matt, Shira, and Ariana in our lives. May her memory be a blessing to us all. Jack & Jeanne

  3. Vickie P

    I will always remember Joan's smile. And more importantly how she never let an opportunity go by without sharing her faith. She loved prayer. We did not know each other personally, on through the cancer center, but I like to think we had a unique bond as we prayed together and for each other. Her family will miss her terribly and I pray memories will keep them close at this time. Thank you Joan. I was blessed knowing you.

  4. Joel Sacks

    Matt and Amy, my deepest condolences on Joan's passing. I know it's been a rough go a quite a while. May she and you find peace. Joel

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