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Joan I. Brown

d. March 2, 2018

West Sand Lake- Joan I. Brown, 81, of Rte. 150, longtime Kindergarten Teacher in the Averill Park Schools died on Friday, March 2, 2018 at St. Peters Hospice Inn in Albany after an extended illness with family by her side.
Born in North Adams, MA. and raised in Florida, MA., Joan was the daughter of the late Richard N. and Svea Margaret Brown. Joan was a graduate of the North Adams State College and had moved to the area in 1959 where she began her teaching career at Castleton on Hudson and then the Averill Park Schools until her retirement in 1992.
Joan was a longtime member of the Church of the Covenant in Averill Park where she was active on the Missions Committee. She was a member of the G.O.O.F.S. Joan enjoyed sewing and knitting and would make numerous sewing projects for the annual church bazaar along with contributing to other church’s  fund raising events. Joan enjoyed summers at Lake Shehawken, PA.  for many years and served as the Lake Association Treasurer. She was also an Associate member of the Lake Shehawken Methodist Church.
Joan enjoyed canning, baking and traveling, was a member of the Sand Lake Historical Society and the Retired Teachers Association.
Joan was the longtime friend of the late Iona “Bud” Cole and sister of the late Carolyn (late Kenneth) Bernier.
Survivors include her sister Sonja (late Robert) Lawson of Winchester, MA., nephews Keith (late Debbie) Bernier, Kevin (Cindy) Bernier, Wayne (Maryann) Lawson, Kurt (Paige) Lawson, Peter (Katherine) Lawson, several grandnieces and grandnephews, and longtime friends Richard and Joan Abbatiello of West Sand Lake.
Relatives and friends are invited to call 1- 2 the Church of the Covenant 3055 NY 43 Averill Park NY on Saturday, March 10, 2018 followed by a service at 2 p.m.
Joan will be buried in the Florida Baptist Church Cemetery in the spring.
If desired donations in memory of Joan I. Brown may be made to the Church of the Covenant PO Box 306 Averill Park, NY 12018.
Visit for directions and a private guestbook. 


March 10, 2018
​Church of the Covenant
Averill Park, NY


March 10, 2018
Church of the Covenant
Averill Park, NY
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