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Dorothy Joan Gravatt


1927 - 2019
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Dorothy Joan Gravatt

Fairfield - Dorothy Joan Gravatt died peacefully on June 23, 2019, in Fairfield, NJ, surrounded by her loving family.

Joan, as she was known to her friends, was born in 1927. At the age of three, she moved with her mother and younger brother John to Newark, NJ. She had happy childhood memories of the Clinton Baptist Church, summer camp, and roller-skating. She loved her childhood visits to Manhattan for cultural events while visiting her beloved Aunt Florence and Uncle Ray. She graduated from South Side High School in Newark and obtained an Associates of the Arts degree from Larson College (now Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT).

After college, she worked at Bamberger's, the iconic downtown department store in Newark as a proud member of the Flying Squad, where she used her problem-solving expertise to deal with customer complaints. In 1954, she married Walter Robert Gravatt. Joan and Walter built the family home in Caldwell, NJ where she raised five children and several cats. She enjoyed decorating and creating holiday feasts for Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, and summer cook-outs. She always made her children feel special on their birthday with presents, a birthday cake, and a favorite meal. Joan was a dedicated homemaker who was always volunteering for her children and her community. She was a member of the Lincoln School PTA, involved in the local boy and girl scouts, and volunteered at the resale shop at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Essex Fells. Joan loved gardening, card club with her girlfriends, and going to the Whole Theatre and the Paper Mill Playhouse. She planned many day trips, packing the family into the station wagon for adventures; highlights include trips to the New York World's Fair, Montreal, Nova Scotia, and annual vacations at the Jersey shore.

Joan and Walter sold the family home in Caldwell, downsized to Bayville, NJ and were snowbirds for 20 years, wintering in Parish, FL. She had many loving friendships throughout her life. She was an avid birder and often shared beautiful sunsets with her friends. She loved holidays and never missed a Christmas, Easter or birthday card for her children and grandchildren. She was a loving caregiver to Walter when he suffered through Alzheimer's.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents Josephine Lobdell Chattin and Carl Wright Chattin, her brother John Franklin Chattin, and her husband Walter. Joan is survived by her children: Joanne (Jimmy), Steven, Carolyn (Larry), Patricia and David (Patti) and her grandchildren: Steven, Vicky, Gail, Tommy, Spencer and Shelby.

She will be remembered as someone who loved her family and friends and who always worked to make the world a better place.

Arrangements are under the direction of Paul Ippolito-Dancy Memorial, Caldwell, N.J. To send the family condolences please visit

www.ippolitofuneralhomes.com.
Published in Asbury Park Press on June 25, 2019
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