Joan M. Tompkins
1934 - 2013 CLARKSBURG Joan M. Tompkins, 78, of 100 Henderson Road, died Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Williamstown Commons.
Joan was born in Adams on Sept. 1, 1934, daughter of the late Rene and Mary (Donovan) Blanchette. She grew up in the Grove section of Adams and attended Adams schools, graduating from Adams High School with the class of 1952.
While attending high school, she was employed at a local dairy bar, and being allowed early daily dismissal during the school year, and as an office assistant at Sprague Electric Company.
Her first marriage, during which her daughter, Sharon M. O'Neill was born, ended in divorce. On July 20, 1963, Joan was married to Charles H. Tompkins.
She is survived by both her daughter of Gorham, N.H., and her husband.
Until the time at which Sharon began attending school, Joan continued her employment at Sprague, retiring as an executive secretary in what was then its Research and Development Department.
After moving to Clarksburg, Joan was a stay-at-home mother until her daughter began high school. Joan then became employed at the North Adams Transcript during the Hardman era as a proof reader and typesetter at both the Bank Street and later the American Legion Drive facility. This was during the early days of computer typesetting and page make up.
During the contraction of the Transcript under the regimes of subsequent ownerships, Joan experienced one of the greatest disappointments of her life when she was laid off from an employment that she literally loved. She later was able to perform similar functions for the Williamstown Advocate under the Densmore and Bernstein ownerships of that publication.
Joan was active in public life in Clarksburg, at various times having served as a Brownie troop leader, a town library trustee, a member of the library building committee and a member and a director of the Clarksburg Council on Aging.
She was an avid reader of the mystery genre and was an encyclopedia of television plots and newspaper style. Home, gardening, knitting, puzzles and travel (Canada coast to coast, Alaska, outer bank of North Carolina, Boston and New England) and birding - all were a significant part of our lady.
Lastly, family. Joan was the sister of Rita Fontana of Lee and the late Donald Blanchette of Adams; aunt to Marilyn, Paul, David, Stephen, Susan and Barbara who are children of Rita and Donald; and sister-in-law to Barbara, wife of Donald. She is also survived by several cousins.
FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for Joan Tompkins will take place at the convenience of the family. Plans for a celebratory memorial are incomplete at this time.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Clarksburg Council on Aging or the North Adams Public Library through Flynn and Dagnoli Funeral Home, CENTRAL CHAPEL, 74 Marshall Street, North Adams. Please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com
This obituary was originally published in the North Adams Transcript.