Williams College Class of 1953 Bulletin Board
Williams College Class of 1953 Bulletin Board, November 14, 2010
The sad, if not unexpected, news of Joan Dighton's death arrived Friday (11/12/10) by way of Houston TX (Pete Sterling, of course) who received an Email from Dorothy Calkins whose daughter read the sad news on John and Joan's daughter's Facebook page. Ah, the wonders of our interconnectedness in this electronic age! I had seen John at the Wesleyan game on Saturday, November 6th, at Weston Field and as we embraced, the way old men do, he told me that Joan would not likely live out the coming week. She never really recovered from the stroke; she had been stabilized; but her vitality continued to diminish; and the family, abiding by nurse Joan's stated wishes, decided to forgo any heroic measures to sustain her life. John was at the Homecoming game at his family's insistence, accompanied to Williamstown by son-in-law, Gary Pember. John simply need the respite of a few hours in familiar environs a little way from home in Lenox.
The Berkshire Eagle published this obituary:
Please note the announcement of a memorial service on November 20th at the Devanny-Condron Funeral Home at 40 Maplewood Avenue, Pittsfield MA, just a block off Rte 7 a third of a mile north of the center of town.
Joan "Joanie" Dighton 1932 - 2010 LENOX Joan "Joanie" Dighton, 78, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and loving friend to many, both young and old, died peacefully Nov. 10, 2010, at Providence Care Center in Lenox, surrounded by her family. Born May 23, 1932, in Bronxville, Westchester County, New York, the daughter of the late William Harwar Parker and Blanche MacAuley Parker, she was educated at The Lenox School for Girls in New York City and graduated from St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse in 1953. Joan leaves her husband of 57 years, John B. Dighton, as well as daughter Debra and husband, Gary Pember, of Cromwell, Conn., daughter Susan Delph of Lenox, son Christopher Dighton of North Salem, N.Y., daughter Beth Stedman and husband, Geof Voltz, of Ipswich, son Geoffrey and wife Lisa Dighton of New Fairfield, Conn., and her sister, Gail Parker, of Sun City Center, Fla.; her grandchildren, Emily, John, Kathryn, Christine, Nathan, Samantha, Matthew, Hannah, Molly, Daniel, Erik and Kaysie and her four great-grandchildren, Kendra, Kelliauna, Josiah, and Jadon. Joan loved opera, world travel, photography, needlework, people and animals, not necessarily in that order. During her lifetime she had homes in New York City, Fussa Machi, Japan, Bedford Village, N.Y., Martha's Vineyard, Charleston, S.C., Pittsfield and Lenox. In each place she left a large group of friends who stayed in contact with her because of her outgoing and loving personality. She will be sorely missed by all those who knew her. FUNERAL NOTICE: A graveside service and burial will be held on Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, at 1 p.m. at Middle Patent Rural Cemetery in Banksville, N.Y. Services will be officiated by her cousin, the Rev. John Hall. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010, at 11 a.m., at DEVANNY-CONDRON FUNERAL HOME. Memorial contributions may be made directly to: The Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter, 63 Downing Parkway, Pittsfield, MA 01201. To send condolences to the family, please visit:www.devanny-condron.com.
Another bulletin, soon to follow next week, will recount in words and photos class news recently received.