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34 Beaver Road
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Phone: 860-563-9999
Fax: 860-721-6850
Joyce Gerarde

Joyce Carol Gerarde (Dalton)

Sunday, June 7th, 1931 - Monday, July 15th, 2019
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Joyce Carol (Dalton) Gerarde, 88, known affectionately as Mum by her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, peacefully passed away on Monday, July 15, 2019 at Hartford Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 7, 1931 in Hartford, Connecticut, the daughter of Mary (O’Meara) Dalton and Raymond L. Dalton. Joyce attended Mount Saint Joseph Academy and Hartford Secretarial School. She was a proud Wethersfield resident for 55 years, and she worked for 32 years as a secretary and registrar in the Guidance Department of Wethersfield High School. She treasured her connection to generations of students and valued associates, many of whom became lifelong friends. She always considered education a noble pursuit, and she was grateful to have worked in such a dynamic environment for so many years. She is survived by her daughter Cynthia Greenblatt and husband Howard of Wethersfield, her daughter Joy Sperry of Quincy, Massachusetts, and her son Thomas Gerarde and wife Patricia of Wethersfield. She was devoted to her nine grandchildren: Dean Greenblatt and partner Kristen Lewandowski, Marcia Lesser and husband Christopher, Ralph Sperry and fiancé Grace Barton, Jillian Sperry, Jeffrey Gerarde and wife Heidi, Kevin Gerarde, Eric Gerarde, Matthew Gerarde, and Christopher Gerarde. Joyce also felt blessed by the presence of three great grandchildren in her life: Zachary Lesser, Alexandra Lesser, and Jayden Gerarde.
Mum loved her family, her friends, and her faith. She enjoyed life’s simple pleasures: tending to her plants on her back porch, watching the birds, conversing with friends, and following the UConn Huskies women’s basketball team. Mum had a contagious optimism, a love of meeting new people, and the ability to find something special in everyone.
Friends may call Thursday, July 18, 2019 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Farley-Sullivan Funeral Home, 34 Beaver Road, Wethersfield. A Mass of Christian Burial celebrating Joyce’s life will be held Friday July 19, 2019 at 10:00 am in the Church of the Incarnation, 544 Prospect Street, Wethersfield. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: The Wethersfield Education Foundation, c/o Jeff Kotkin, 28 Farms Village Road, Wethersfield, CT 06109-1422. To extend condolences, or for further information, please visit Farleysullivan.com.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 18th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Thursday, July 18th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Farley-Sullivan Funeral Home
    Address
    34 Beaver Road
    Wethersfield, CT 06109
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  • Service

    Friday, July 19th, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Friday, July 19th, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    Church of the Incarnation
    Address
    544 Prospect Street
    Wethersfield, CT 06109
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    Officiant
    Fr. James M. Moran
  • Interment

    Location
    Mount St. Benedict Cemetery
    Address
    1 Cottage Grove Rd.
    Bloomfield, CT 06002
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T.R. Paulding

Posted at 10:18am
Tom, Joy and Cindy,
I was sad to learn the news about your wonderful mom....unfortunately, didn't pick up the Courant until Thursday evening, so I couldn't come see you in person. I'll be saying some prayers for her, and for you and the family. I wouldn't be surprised if my mom is up there in heaven, welcoming her Wethersfield friend to the next phase!

James Galinsky

Posted at 04:25pm
Tom, Cindy, Joy and Family
Your Mom was a very special person. A great combination of Kindness, Sweetness, Love and firmness when necessary. We know how proud she was of all of you and the great people you are. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
Love Jean Galinsky and the entire Galinsky Family.
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Sue Fennelly

Posted at 02:18pm
Such sad news! Wethersfield will miss a proud resident, the Wethersfield schools will miss an enthusiastic supporter and I will miss my dear friend. Rest in peace, Joyce. Love you.
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Rosanne Hornyak

Posted at 02:21pm
Dear Cindy and family
I was so saddened to learn about your mother's passing. I truly enjoyed her company and loved working with her. She will be missed by so many. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Sincerely, Rosanne Hornyak

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kurt Von Achen

Posted at 12:25pm
Tom, Cindy, Joy, and families
Just saw the obit in the Courant. Your Mother was one of the kindest and gentle woman I ever met. She always had a smile for me, either at the the house or the Guidance Office. I wish that we weren't out of town Thursday. I would what to give you our condolences in person, but this will have do. The Von Achen family has you in their thoughts and prayers. We have no doubt that your Mothers is with our Lord smiling down and watching over you.
Love Kurt and Carol
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