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Joanne Nina Hastings, of Bethel, died on March 11, 2014. She was 82.
Born in Yorkville, NY, Joanne earned her nursing degree at St. Luke's-Memorial Hospital Center in Utica, NY, and a master's degree in nursing education from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. She taught nursing at Case Western and subsequently at the American Red Cross. Joanne later moved to Bethel, where she worked with the Visiting Nurse Association. A long time member of the First Congregational Church of Bethel, Joanne was an avid member of the church choir. She was also a charter member of the Connecticut Master Chorale, participating in repeated performances at Carnegie Hall and three winning appearances at the annual Gospelfest competition.
She was married to Thomas Kysela, with whom she had two sons, Brian and David. They later divorced. Joanne was predeceased by a sister, Nancy, and a brother, Elliott. She is survived by her sons, by her sisters, Carol and Natalie, and by her brother, Terrill.
A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church of Bethel on April 12 at 2 pm.
Memorial donations may be made in Joanne's name to the
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Hull Funeral Home
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Danbury, CT 06810
Published in News Times on Apr. 10, 2014