Lyme - Joan (Ensign) Bloom passed away peacefully on July 25, 2012.
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She was born July 15, 1928, to the late William Henry and Elizabeth (Banker) Ensign in North Tarrytown, N.Y.
A devoted wife and mother, Joan is survived by her husband of 56 years, Dr. Barry Bloom; her two daughters, Catherine Bloom (Peter Dromgoole) of Maine and Joanna Bloom (Thomas Orr) of Oregon; her son, Brian Bloom (Michele Bloom, Coty and Tabitha Maher) of Connecticut; a granddaughter, Lucia Orr; her sister, Patricia DeBree of Vermont; and a sister-in-law, Barbara Ensign of Connecticut.
She was predeceased by three brothers, William H. Ensign Jr., John Banker Ensign, and Robert W. Ensign Sr.
Joan attended The Marymount School in New York where she was awarded a bachelor of science degree. She loved music and was both an enthusiastic gardener and inspirational cook. She had a deep affinity for early music and was a member of the Eastern Connecticut Recorder Society. Joan was an accomplished artist with an uncompromising aesthetic. Her work spanned genres from drawing and photography to icon painting. She was an active member of Lyme's local arts and crafts community. Her artistic legacy, however, may be the beautiful home she cultivated over the decades in Lyme. It was here that she and Barry found profound peace.
Joan was a dedicated and valued member of the Christ the King Church, where she created banners, icons, floral arrangements, and mosaic work for their baptismal font.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 30, at Christ the King Church in Old Lyme. The procession will assemble at 9 a.m. at the Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 13 Beckwith Lane, Old Lyme. Interment will follow in 8 Mile River Cemetery on Mt. Archer Road in Lyme.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Christ the King Church, 1 McCurdy Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371 or the Lyme Library Town Hall Building Fund, 480 Hamburg Road, Lyme, CT 06371.
Please visit www.fultontherouxoldlyme.com for photos, tributes, directions, and more service information.
Published in The Day on July 28, 2012