DRACUT, Mass. - Joan S. Bento, 83, formerly of Jaffrey and now of Dracut, Mass., died Saturday June 28, 2014 at the Town and Country Nursing Home in Lowell, Mass. after a very brief battle with cancer.
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Joan was born on March 21, 1931 in Jaffrey, daughter of the late Charles Lyman Stratton and Jennie (Nelson) Stratton. She was a 1949 graduate of Conant High School in Jaffrey and later graduated from the former Elliott Hospital School of Nursing in Keene as a Registered Nurse. She worked primarily as a private duty nurse in hospitals and at numerous residents homes both here in New Hampshire and in the Fall River, Mass. areas. She retired from nursing in the late 1980's. Joan lived in Westport Point, Mass. for over 25 years before moving back to Jaffrey upon retirement.
Joan was originally married to Ferdinand V. Sirois and together had their children. She later married Robert Bento. Joan enjoyed gaming and trying her best to beat the odds. She would frequently support local card groups and enjoyed the former Hinsdale Race Track. More recently, Joan would often visit Foxwoods and always enjoyed the time shared with friends - especially her friends at the weekly Saturday Morning get together at McDonalds.
Joan was predeceased by her son Stratton Luke Sirois who died on March 5, 2014. Her brothers Donald Stratton and Robert Stratton also died earlier.
She is survived by her husband, Robert 'Bob' Bento of Jaffrey; her son, Samuel P. Sirois of Westport Mass.; her daughter, Lisa Stratton of Boston, Mass.; several nieces and nephews and many friends including her longtime friend and companion, William Tarr of Dracut, Mass.
At Joan's request, there will be no calling hours.
A memorial gathering in celebration of Joan's life will be held Saturday July 26, 2014 at 11 a.m. in Conant Cemetery, Stratton Road, Jaffrey.
Following Joan's service, there will be a remembrance of Joan's eldest son Stratton Luke Sirois. The family will process to St. Patrick Cemetery on Hillcrest Road in Jaffrey for full military honors and committal for Luke, at 11:45 a.m.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Joan's name to Kitty Rescue, P.O. Box 468, Jaffrey, N.H. 03452.
The Cournoyer Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 33 River Street, Jaffrey is assisting the family with arrangements. To share stories or photographs of Joan or to send condolences to her family, please visit her permanent online memorial at www.cournoyerfh.com.
Cournoyer Funeral Home & Cremation Center
33 River Street Jaffrey, NH 03452-0486
Published in The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript on July 10, 2014