Joan E. RhodesSOMERSWORTH - Joan E. Rhodes, 69, of Coombs Rd. died unexpectedly on Friday April 5, 2013 at her home.
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She was a loving and caring person born on November 4, 1943 the daughter of John and Lois (Fleury) Monaski.
Joan was born in Bellows Falls, Vt. and raised in Drewsville. She graduated from Walpole High School in N.H. in 1961 and Northampton Commercial College in Northampton, Mass. in 1962. After residing in Wilmington, Del. and then Dover, she settled with her family on Coombs Rd in Somersworth in 1968.
Joan had a heart of gold and loved to chat with everyone she encountered. Joan possessed many wonderful qualities including her sense of humor and cheerful attitude. Her true enjoyment in life was her four grandchildren whom she adored and showered with love. Joan was a devoted daughter, mother, and grandmother. She especially enjoyed shopping and dining out with her Mom who she tirelessly cared for until her passing in January. In her high school years she enjoyed going to her Aunt Han and Uncle Harry's 150 acre farm in Danbury, NH for family gatherings and dancing the night away on Saturday nights at the Town Hall in Wilmot.
Joan worked for 36 years as an Administrative Assistant at the Somersworth High School Career Technical Center and was looking forward to her retirement in June. She will be remembered for her warm smile that would make the day of both students and teachers alike. Joan took great pride in single-handedly soliciting and organizing donations to furnish the entire house built by the technical center that was shipped to the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina.
Joan is survived by a son Scott Rhodes and his wife Luanne, and their children Emma and Sadie of Rochester, a son Brian Rhodes and his wife Ann Marie, and their children Carter and Madeline of Andover, Mass., a cousin Sandra Putnam and her husband Robert of Lakeland, Fla. and her extended family, the Wards of Alstead. Joan is predeceased by her parents.
Visiting hours will be Thursday 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with a service at 6:30 p.m. at the Tasker Funeral Home, 621 Central Ave, Dover, N.H. Burial will at 1 p.m. on Friday at Walpole Village Cemetery in Walpole, N.H.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, 200 S. Park Road, Suite 100, Hollywood, Fla. 33021, or www.diabetesresearch.org.
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Published in Fosters from Apr. 10 to Apr. 13, 2013