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Joan M. Person



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Joan M. Person transitioned to spirit on September 19. Joan was born on April 12, 1941, in Bridgeport, to Eleanor and Carl Wadell.

As a child, Joan lived in Bridgeport, New Haven, and Trumbull. She was a 1959 graduate of Harding High School in Bridgeport. Joan attended high school with her good friend Carlyn (Lynn) Person. Lynn introduced Joan to her brother, Wayne, and they were married in 1959. They were inseparable for 62 years of marriage. They enjoyed spending time at home and had wonderful travel adventures.

Joan and Wayne started their family right away. She worked several jobs while also raising her three children. Her longest occupation was 28 years in banking. In 1978, she started working at Union Trust Bank in Newtown and then in 1993 worked at the Savings Bank of Danbury until her retirement in 2006. She was wonderful in customer service and enjoyed helping people secure mortgages for their homes.

As a young girl Joan enjoyed playing piano, dancing, and diving, one year winning two medals for diving. After moving to Newtown in 1967, the family joined the Newtown Congregational Church. Joan taught church school there when her children were young. She also enjoyed golfing, crocheting, homemaking, and traveling. She was a big fan of the Red Sox, which was always a point of contention as her husband Wayne is a Yankees fan. Her children joked that they came from a broken home.

Joan was a very cheerful, caring, generous, and selfless person who was always there for her family and friends when they needed her.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Pamela Scott, in 2011.

She will be missed by her husband Wayne; daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Jeffrey McClellan of South China, Maine; son Darren Person of Venice, Calif.; sisters Barbara Wadell of Trumbull and Carol Wadell of North Fort Myers, Fla.; grandsons Matthew and Ryan McClellan; and granddaughter Tanya Scott.

The family is planning a celebration of life in the spring of 2022. Donations to the MS Society, in lieu of flowers, are appreciated by the family.

Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main Street, Newtown is serving the family.

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  1. thomas0317 says:

    I am heartbroken. Joan was my dear friend and like a sister to me for over 40 years. We worked together for many years and shared many lunches and dinners with Irene and Barbara. I will miss her always. My sympathies go out to her family.

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