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After a 15 year battle with breast cancer, Joan Gass died peacefully on October 6th in her home in Port Chester NY. Born Joan Cameron Durant on March 16, 1934, to Margaret S. and George M. Durant of Ridgefield CT, she is survived by her loving brother Robert W. Durant of Lancaster NH, daughter Katherine M. Gass of Greenwich CT, son James C. Gass of Smithfield RI, and her three adoring grandchildren James T. and Ryan F. Egan and Caoilinn Gass. A registered Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, Joan was educated at the Emma Willard School NY, received her undergraduate degree at Colby College, ME, and her Masters in Nursing at Columbia University Medical Center School for Nursing, NYC. From 1959 to 1984 she was married to Peter F. Gass and resided in Chappaqua NY. Throughout her life she was a devoted mother and grandmother, an active community volunteer, and a compassionate caretaker for people in need. A memorial service in her honor will be held in the Spring. In lieu of flowers gifts in her honor may be made to the School of Nursing, Columbia University Medical Center. Center,https://giving.columbia.edu/giveonline/?schoolstyle=586
Published in the The Journal News on Oct. 12, 2012