Joan V. Spearer
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AGE: 84 • Point Pleasant
Joan V. Spearer, 84, of Point Pleasant, passed away on February 8, 2014 peacefully at home, where she wanted to be. She was born on September 25, 1929 in Factoryville, Pennsylvania, the youngest of three children, to John and Elizabeth Philipson. Joan was predeceased by her sister, Muriel Peisel, and her brother John (Jack) Philipson Joan's family moved to Point Pleasant early in her life. She would continue to live and flourish with her own family in this tiny shore town, making it her forever home. She attended Point Pleasant Beach High School, where she was a member of the Class of 1948. She had a contagious spirit and enjoyed being with her friends. They were a close group who still celebrated and enjoyed each other's company well into their latter years. She had always shared fond memories of being a cheerleader and a basketball player during her time spent at the school, and took great pride in the fact that many of her own grandchildren would be able to do the same at PPBHS. During her summers she and her friends often frequented the beaches and boardwalk of Point Pleasant Beach, and that is where she met and fell in love with her sweetheart George W. Spearer Jr.
She married her beloved on September 10, 1950. After 47 years of marriage she was predeceased by him in 1997. She loved him ever so much and cherished the time that they had together and all the wonderful memories they made. They enjoyed playing shuffleboard at the Elks, traveling the Caribbean on cruises with their friends, and spending cold winters together in Florida. Together they had 3 children: daughter JoAnn Hilling and her husband Ray of Point Pleasant Beach; daughter Cyndee Engelhardt and her husband Gary of Point Pleasant Beach; and son John Spearer and his wife Maureen of Bricktown. When her children were little she enjoyed raising them and taking care of them in the role of a homemaker. As the children got a little older she ventured into the working field as a waitress spending many years working at Rudy's Restaurant on Channel Drive and the Golden Eagle, both of Point Pleasant Beach.
Most important to her were her grandchildren and her great grandchildren. They lit up her whole world and always brought a smile to her face and happiness to her heart. She leaves behind 8 grand children: Stephanie Woit and her husband Christopher, Shannon Olsen and her husband Gary, Jason Engelhardt and his wife Kate, Christopher Engelhardt and his wife Holly, Timothy Engelhardt, Daniel Engelhardt, Stacy Morgan and her husband Duane, and Ryan Spearer. She also leaves behind 12 great grand children: twins Matthew and MacKenzie Woit; Zachary and Kiersten Olsen; Raegan, Nolan, Ian and Bevin Engelhardt, CJ and Aiden Engelhardt, Aubrey Morgan and Baby Girl Morgan on the way.
Joan had a terrific life and those whom loved and cared for her were lucky to have had her in their lives. She was part of a 4th generation, and she will be deeply missed by all those that she has left behind.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 from 2-4 pm and 7-9pm at the Pable Evertz Funeral Home of Point Pleasant, 901 Beaver Dam Road. Funeral Services are scheduled at the funeral home on Wednesday at 10 am. Burial will follow at Atlantic View Cemetery, Manasquan. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Point Pleasant Boro First Aid or a
For online condolences to the family visit www.pableevertzfuneralhome.com
Pable Evertz Funeral Home
901 Beaver Dam Road Point Pleasant Borough, NJ 08742
732 899 3300
Published in Asbury Park Press on Feb. 10, 2014