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Joan "Nanny" Kretchman

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Joan "Nanny" Kretchman Obituary
Joan "Nanny" Kretchman

AGE: 83 •

Joan "Nanny" Kretchman passed away at the age of 83 on Thursday, October 19, 2017 in Toms River, NJ. Born in Newark on March 27, 1934, Joan was a longtime New Jersey resident. During the 1980's, she lived in South Florida before relocating back to New Jersey to be closer to her family. She always looked back on her days and memories in Florida as a special time in her life.

Joan retired from the Toms River Regional School District in 2003 after working for many years in the library at Washington Street Elementary School. She cherished her time there, helping children develop an appreciation for reading.

Joan was predeceased by her parents, Frank and Virginia Russell, and her loving husband, Donald Kretchman. She is survived by her two sisters, Gloria Barrett of Valencia, CA and Sallyann Ruerup of Manchester, NJ, her two daughters, Cindy (Hank) Smith of Toms River, NJ and Barbara (Tommy) Jones of Hightstown, NJ, her three grandchildren, Ginny (Jay) Rhine of Toms River, Dan (Nicole) Smith of Naples, FL and Kelsey Jones of Washington, DC, as well as her three great grandchildren, Josh, Grace and Jake Rhine. She is also survived by nieces, nephews and extended family in New Jersey and California.

Known for her unwavering happiness and optimism no matter what the situation, Joan's warm personality could brighten the darkest hour and forever touched the hearts of everyone she met. She particularly enjoyed traveling, sunshine and the beach, but her true passion was spending time with her family and friends. Joan was perhaps most proud of her children and family, and she had a very special relationship with them. She was affectionately called "Nanny" by her grandchildren and great grandchildren, as well as many of their friends.

Her presence will be greatly missed by family and friends alike, but the wonderful memories she created with all of them will live on as a testament to the endearing impact she had on everyone she knew.

Friends and family are invited to attend a celebration of Joan's life at Anderson and Campbell Funeral Home in Toms River from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, October 27th. Donations may be made in her memory to the Washington Street Elementary School Playground Fund. For details go to
Published in Asbury Park Press on Oct. 24, 2017
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