Joan Corning Beveridge Tedesco

Tedesco, Joan Corning Beveridge MOREAU Joan Corning Beveridge Tedesco, 84, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Schuyler Ridge Residential Health Care in Clifton Park. Joan is survived by her daughter, Jean D. Tedesco of Moreau; son, James R. Tedesco and his wife Laura of Halfmoon; grandchildren, Jonathan W. Tedesco of Montclair, N.J. and Jessica K. Tedesco of Halfmoon. She is also survived by her sister in-law, Bridget Beveridge of New Jersey and Nova Scotia. She was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, John Tedesco; her parents, Robert and Doris Kerr Beveridge of Brooklyn; her son, John F. Tedesco of Moreau; and her brother, Richard Beveridge of New Jersey and Nova Scotia. Joan was born February 9, 1930 in Brooklyn and resided on East 57th Street. She attended PS203 and graduated from high school in 1948. While working at the Williamsburg Savings Bank in Brooklyn, she met John Tedesco, who she married on September 20, 1952 at Kingslawn First Presbyterian Church. In 1962, they relocated from Valley Stream, Long Island to the town of Moreau. A loving and devoted mother, Joan recalled the years raising her children as the happiest time of her life. She was very involved in all her children's school and community activities. She was active in the PTA and was a substitute school secretary in South Glens Falls. Prior to her marriage, she had worked at the public library as well as the Williamsburg Savings Bank. When her children were older, she returned to work outside the home, and was the secretary for the First Presbyterian Church of Glens Falls until her retirement. Joan cherished being Jonathan and Jessica's grandmother and enjoyed her time spent with them. She was very proud of both her grandchildren's accomplishments and loved them dearly. "Think of it as an adventure," she could often be heard saying, as she encouraged others to embrace her happy spirit and positive outlook on life. Known for putting the needs of others before her own; she will be remembered for the kindness and caring she showed to all and for her many kind acts. Filled with compassion and interest in others, Joan was a true humanitarian. She gave freely of her time and energy to numerous causes throughout her life. She made friends easily and maintained contact with many who cherished her loyalty and devotion. She was an active volunteer. Most notably, she volunteered for 35 years at Saratoga Hospital and served for several years on the Fort Hudson Auxiliary Guild. Her commitment to women's health was evidenced by her participation in a 10-year research trial for the breast cancer treatment drug Tamoxifen. One of her favorite activities was brightening the day of residents at various nursing homes and assisted living facilities through her participation in the therapy dog visitation program. Joan believed in facing life's challenges head on, and embracing them as opportunities to improve yourself and to help others. When her son John experienced severe complications from diabetes she became involved with the . She encouraged other caregivers in their efforts to provide support to those living with this often difficult condition. An animal and nature lover, Joan saw beauty in all things. She enjoyed gardening and had a true green thumb. She enjoyed watching and feeding her backyard birds. She loved all of her dogs, especially Owen who she leaves behind. Joan was very proud of her Nova Scotia heritage and as a child she spent many happy times at the family homestead. Some of her fondest memories were of Nova Scotia, and she enjoyed reminiscing and sharing stories of her visits at the "big house." She was interested in genealogy and in researching the Corning heritage; and was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. In her leisure, Joan enjoyed reading and collecting old books. She was an avid collector with interests in many areas. In previous years she played bridge regularly with her neighborhood bridge club. She also liked working on her crocheting projects. Her faith was very important to her and she became a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Glens Falls in 1962, where she served in various capacities. She was very active in her bible study and church groups, and participated in church events and dinners. The Rev. John Barclay presided over prayers and remembrance at Joan's bedside. Today, she continues to give to others by participating in the Albany Medical College Anatomical Gift Program. At the completion of her service to the College of Medicine, burial will take place at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville with the Rev. John Barclay of the First Presbyterian Church in Glens Falls officiating. The Tedesco family would like to thank the staff at Emeritus at the Landing, Queensbury, and at Ensign Point at Schuyler Ridge, Clifton Park, for their care and attention to our mother. Memorial donations may be made to the , 2 Pine West Plaza, Albany, NY 12205; the Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866; or the First Presbyterian Church of Glens Falls, 8 W. Notre Dame St., Glens Falls, NY 12801. "May the road rise up to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand." Irish blessing Arrangements are under the direction of M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home, 136 Main St., South Glens Falls, NY 12803. For online condolences and to view Joan's book of memories, please visit

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M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home
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Published in Albany Times Union on Apr. 23, 2014