Guilford - Joan Ruth (Rose) Shepherd, 82, of Guilford, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at Yale-New Haven Hospital, after a brief illness.
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She was born on Feb. 19, 1932, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Isador and Etta Rose and was raised in Far Rockaway, N.Y., from the age of two. She attended Brooklyn College.
On Oct. 11, 1953, she married Robert Shepherd.
Joan was employed by BBP in Waterford, for 23 years as a copy editor. She retired in 1994, splitting her time between Connecticut and Florida. She was a permanent resident of Vero Beach, Fla., from 2000 through 2012, when she and Robert moved back to Connecticut. Joan's passions, aside from her children, were her friends and her activities at both Temple Emanu-El in Waterford and Temple Beth Shalom in Vero Beach, as well as a love of theater and music which has been passed down to her children and grandchildren. She was an avid fan of the UConn women's basketball team.
She is survived by her husband, Robert; sons, David and his wife, Ashley, of New York, N.Y., and Garry of Sudbury, Mass.; daughters, Ellen McKinney and her husband, Sean, of Draper, Utah, and Carole Simpson and her husband, Robert, of Sudbury, Mass.; grandchildren, Anastasia and Jeremy Shepherd, Rachel and Joshua Shepherd, Kyle McKinney, Jennifer Simpson; and great-granddaughter, Sara Yehudis Binder.
She was predeceased by her brother, Howard Rose, in 2005.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 25, at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Ave., New London.
Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home
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Published in The Day on Aug. 24, 2014