Joan T. (Cybulski) Turban, 88, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday morning, October 31.
Joan was born on June 9, 1933, to Anthony and Jennie (Skrobecka) Cybulski in Brooklyn, NY. Her family moved to Northampton, MA in 1952, where she went to work in the office at Kollmorgen Corp., a manufacturer of periscopes for the US Navy. It was through the company's bowling leagues that she met her future husband, and on June 9, 1956, she become Mrs. Peter Turban Jr. Even though both Joan and Peter were born and raised in New York, they became avid Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fans.
Peter and Joan made Hatfield their forever home shortly after marrying. They built their home on Straits Road where they raised their four children. Joan was a devoted full-time Mom while her children were school-aged. She was an active parent in their childhood activities: Treasurer of Brownie and Girl Scout Troops, Cub Scout Den Mother, Little League Mom and general "Taxi Driver". Later, she returned to a career in bookkeeping. She dutifully maintained records for The Big Y and then Deerfield Academy. All four of her children followed her in business careers of their own.
Joan was a creative and generous person, sharing her love of crafting, sewing, crochet, needlework, jewelry design and ceramics with friends and family. She owned her own ceramics studio for a time in Greenfield and took part in numerous Ceramics Shows and Craft Fairs in Western Mass. She was a patient and encouraging teacher of her craft, giving many students the confidence to pursue their creative side.
Joan was known within her family for making beautiful, warm, cozy flannel night gowns – even for the guys -- who also received matching flannel nightcaps! During the Pandemic, she created fabric masks for family and friends. They were so pretty she was asked to sell them, which she did – at cost, of course. They often sold out and requests were made for more. She passed on her love of creating and her spirit of generous giving to her children.
Joan is survived by three children: daughter, Theresa Turban of Hatfield, son, Peter Turban and his wife, Joan of Gill, and daughter Christine (Turban) Johnston of Lake Mary, FL; three grandsons: Andrew Turban of Middletown, CT, Matthew Johnston of Altamonte Springs, FL and David Johnston of Lake Mary, FL; sister, Frances Merski and her husband John of Florence; sister-in-law and good friend, Sandra Turban of South Hadley; brother-in-law, Gary Plocharski of Florence; and many nieces and nephews.
Joan is predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Peter; daughter, Donna Turban; sisters, Marian Letourneau and Carol Plocharski; brothers-in-law, Richard Turban, Henry Turban and Walter Letourneau; and sister-in-law, Janet Turban.
Calling hours will be held on Monday, November 8 from 4 to 7 pm at the Ahearn Funeral Home, 783 Bridge Road, Northampton, MA. The funeral will be held at the Ahearn Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 9 at 9:30AM with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10:30 am at Our Lady of Grace Church, 11 School St in Hatfield. Burial services will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery in Northampton.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude and Dakin Animal Shelter, 163 Montague Road, Leverett, MA 01054.
Per the Northampton Board of Health, face coverings are required.
Ahearn Funeral Home
Published by Daily Hampshire Gazette on Nov. 5, 2021.
My sympathy goes out to Joanie's family and friends . She will be greatly missed. I have fond memories of Xmas eve at the house and family gatherings. Except when she fell and dislocated her finger. It wasn't pretty, Joanie just said very calmly , I think I need to go to the hospital. Every Christmas I bring out the ceramic pieces I received from her. I'm glad I had the pleasure of knowing her and always being made to feel like family. Rest in Peace Joanie
November 8, 2021
Walt and Fredah Johnston
November 8, 2021
Peter, Christine and Theresa, My sympathies on your mother's passing. Very sorry to hear.
November 7, 2021
To all the Turban "kids", I'm so sorry for your loss and join you in honoring your mom. Her generosity was felt by many. I LOVE that she's known for her flannel nightgowns, as I had one as well!! I have wonderfully fond and fun memories spending time with the whole Turban family. I loved when Mr. and Mrs. Turban came to Thomas for family weekends. I knew there would be fun and laughter, and DANCING!!
I'm sorry I cannot be there in person, and give hugs to you all. I love you all!!