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Joan Rowe AKELEY Obituary

AKELEY, Joan Rowe

Joan R. Akeley died peacefully in her sleep early on March 30, 2013 after a brief illness. Joan, known as "Jodie" to family and friends, was born in Bangor, ME, the daughter of Eugene K. and Joan M. Rowe. After graduating from Presque Isle High School and Aroostook State Normal School, Jodie married Carroll R. Akeley in 1952. They made their home in Suffield for 35 years, retiring to Conway, SC in 1993. The Akeleys enjoyed their summers in Hammond's Grove, ME. Jodie was a talented pianist, and enjoyed all forms of the theater. She was active in amateur productions in Suffield and Conway. A beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Jodie loved traveling, cooking and entertaining, especially family. Jodie is survived by Carroll, her husband of 61 years; daughter, Anne A. Rogers and her husband, John of Weare, NH; sons, Brian D. Akeley of Hampden, ME and Christopher J. Akeley and his wife, Susan of Walpole, MA; grandchildren Alison Smith, Hillary Kestler, and Barton, Lauren, Catilin, Kyle and Owen Akeley; great-grandsons Charlie, Nate and Deacon; sister, Mary-Jean Miner of Oak Bluffs, MA and numerous extended family.
A memorial service will be held in Suffield in June. To view an on-line memorial please go to

Published in The Hartford Courant on Apr. 10, 2013
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