June 22, 1935-September 9, 2021

Joan Nancy Hoard McCaughn, age 86, of Port Washington, Wisconsin passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, September 9, 2021, at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton, WI.  

She was born in Wausau, WI on June 22, 1935; the daughter of Kenneth and Esther (Beil) Hoard.  She married Kestner “Mac” McCaughn on December 3, 1980.  He preceded her in death in 1996.  

Joan grew up in Mosinee, WI where she graduated from Mosinee High School in 1953.  She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1957 and a Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Joan enjoyed a career teaching English, Speech and Art at high schools in Port Washington, Stoughton, Wausau and West Allis. Many of her students spoke fondly of her; regarding her as a true artist. Joan also enjoyed her role as a special education aide after her retirement.

Joan is survived by her siblings Jean McCartney of Janesville, WI and Kenneth (Joy) Hoard of Port Washington, WI; Jean’s children Thomas S. (Gina) McCartney of Elgin, IL and Jennifer (Craig) DeGarmo of Janesville; Ken’s children Michelle Hoard of Minneapolis, MN and Kendal (Marianna) Hoard of Mequon, as well as, grandnieces Mary McCartney, Mikaela Hoard and Riley Burke; grandnephews Charlie DeGarmo, Sulley DeGarmo, Jack McCartney, Colin Burke, Khristian Hoard and Alexsander Hoard, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her brother-in-law Thomas E. McCartney and her niece Kathryn (Brian) Burke.

Joan spent most of her retired life at her cabin along the shores of Lake Michigan, which became her main source of activity and enjoyment. Joan shared a special love with her feline companions over the years, leaving behind her most recent cat “Shorty.”

Family services held with interment at Mosinee Cemetery, Mosinee Wisconsin.

Special thanks to Cathie Urness for her continued friendship and compassion for Joan.

 Memorials in Joan’s name may be given to Ozaukee Humane Society, Saukville, WI.



  1. I adored Miss Hoard. She was suppotive and worldly, two things rare at PWHS.

  2. My dad (Mac) married Joan she was a great person and her and dad had a blast with Ole and Mary, , Len Freide Frank and Mary. I know she loved teaching and her students.

  3. I hope she’s having her special coffee with Mr. Friede cracking jokes. May she rest in peace.

  4. Ms Hoard was one of my favorite teachers at PWHS. She was kind and sincere and Loved when her students were as passionate about art as she was! God Bless!

  5. Joan was a great addition to the Art Dept. Committee back in the 70″s. She had a good rapport with the students as well as us in the art dept. She had a good sense of humor and livened up our meetings with her viewpoints.

  6. I loved Miss Hoard as my teacher in my Senior year, 1968-69. She inspired me immensely. RIP Joan.

  7. “Miss” Hoard was an inspiring English teacher for me. Port High was fortunate to have her on staff for so many years.
    My condolences to her family.

  8. Mrs Mc Caughn was my favorite art teacher she was kind, funny and such a great mentor to have in my years at Port Washington High School. She will be missed by so many people,my deepest condolences to her family

  9. Mrs. Mc Caughn was my favorite art teacher,she was so kind, funny and it was just a joy to have her as a mentor in my years at Port Washington High School, she will be missed by so many people,my deepest condolences to her family

  10. So sorry for your loss . I love Joan ( class 1972 ) ❤️ A great teacher and a wonderful spirit about her…. I was blessed to see her February 2020 !!

  11. Fond memories of Art classes with Ms. Hoard. She made class fun and she had memorable art projects. RIP.

  12. So sorry to here…..condolences

  13. I had Joan for art in the 1970’s. She was a great teacher. It was a lot of fun watching her and Ole Brown prank each other!

  14. I have fond memories of Miss Hoard from Port Washington High School. She was such an encouraging Art Teacher, and she is one of the reasons I pursued art in one form or another for most of my career, currently interior design. I’m sorry to hear of her passing, and that it was unexpected. Sincere sympathy to her family and friends.

  15. I was PWHS class of ’84 & also grew up nearby Squires. One of the best art teacher’s ever! Her legacy lives on in my own daughters passion for art which passed through me from Joan. May her & Mac ride again together in his red Toyota land cruiser throughout the heavens. My condolences to her family.

  16. I had her for my art teacher in 1982 at portwashington High school, she was the cool teacher , always smiling RIP Mrs Hoard

  17. I will never forget Miss Hoard who taught English in 1968. What a wonderful teacher. The story “Flowers for Algernon” will always be a part of my life. She read it with such passion – I hung on every word when she read passages of it to us. Thank you God for a teacher who helped to shape who I am!

  18. I knew Joan back in the late 60’s right after I left the PWPD and went to Whitewater. I remember her smile and sense of humor. A wonderful person who will surely be missed.

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