Joan L. VanLeeuwen
1932-2013 WINCHESTER, NH Joan L. VanLeeuwen, 81, formerly of Putney Road in Brattleboro died Wednesday afternoon, December 4, 2013 at Genesis Healthcare Applewood Healthcare in Winchester following a period of declining health. She was born in Methuen, Mass on July 11, 1932 the daughter of William and Edith (Perkins) King. She was raised and educated in Bellows Falls graduating from Bellows Falls High School as valedictorian of her class. Mrs. VanLeeuwen had been employed as a dietician working at the Brattleboro Senior Center where she ran the Meals on Wheels Program. Previously she had worked at Applewood Nursing Home in Bedford, N.H. and Maplewood Nursing Home in Westmoreland. For 15 years with her husband she owned and operated Lions Restaurant then located on Upper Canal Street. She had been a communicant of Mary, Queen of Peace Parish in Hinsdale. She was an avid reader, enjoyed writing poetry, took great pleasure in writing her life's memoirs and documenting her family's history. She was married to William "Bill" VanLeeuwen who predeceased her in 2005. Survivors include four sons, Mahlon Gragen of Kenosha, Wisc., Quinton Gragen of Westmoreland, John VanLeeuwen of Brattleboro and William Peter VanLeeuwen of Concord, N.H.; two daughters, Susan Belville of Brattleboro and Laurl Wetherby of Hinsdale. Additionally she leaves 15 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by one son, Hugh Gragen; and a brother, William King. Memorial services in celebration of her life will be conducted Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the ATAMANIUK FUNERAL HOME. Burial will follow in Meetinghouse Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Mrs. VanLeeuwen's name may be made to The Brattleboro Senior Center, 207 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301. To sign an online register book or send messages of e-condolence please visit www.atamaniuk.com
. Arrangements are under the direction of the Atamaniuk Funeral Home.