Joan B. Craft

It is with tremendous sorrow that we report the passing of our beloved Mother, Grandmother, friend, piano teacher and mentor, Joan B Craft, nee Norwood, (previously Joan Young). Joan died on March 2, 2015 six weeks after being diagnosed with lung cancer and she was 76 years old.

Joan was born in Springfield, MA., grew up in Rockport, ME and was a graduate of Rockport High School in ME and Charter Oak College in CT. As Joan Young she was a Groton piano teacher and was employed by the State of Connecticut in the Department of Probation.

In 1986 she married Raymond Craft and moved to Delaware where she worked in the Department of Mental Health as a CASA Volunteer Coordinator. Joan established a home piano studio and continued to teach students until her illness. Joan was a prominent piano teacher in Milford, Delaware and will be greatly missed by her students. She was a member of the Delaware Music Teachers Association and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lewes, Delaware.

Joan is predeceased by her husband, Raymond Craft and a son, Mark Norwood Young. She is survived by children Meridith Walworth and Michael Young, both of Connecticut. She has four grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by step-children Nancy Craft of NC and Steve Craft of MA. She has 2 step-grandchildren and 3 step-great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 7th at 2:00 pm at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT 06460. Delaware services will be held Saturday March 21st at 11:00 am at the UU Church, 33739 March Rd, Lewes, Delaware.

Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Coastal Concerts Scholarships, P.O. Box 685, Lewes, Delaware 19958, in her memory. To leave online condolences, please visit our website at

Funeral Home

Cody-White Funeral Home
107 Broad Street Milford, CT 06460
(203) 874-0268

Published in Milford Beacon from Mar. 4 to Mar. 13, 2015