D'Esopo East Hartford Memorial Chapel

30 Carter Street, East Hartford, CT


Joan Marie Futtner

September 13, 1941January 24, 2020

Joan M. (Garrity) Futtner, 78, of East Hartford, loving and devoted wife of over 58 years of James J. Futtner, passed peacefully surrounded by her cherished family on Friday, January 24, 2020 at St. Francis Hospital & Medical Center, Hartford. Born in Hartford on September 13, 1941, a daughter of the late George and Blanche (Laroche) Garrity, she had been a resident of East Hartford for most of her life. Joan was a graduate of East Hartford High School, Class of 1959. Joan got married at age 19 and proudly became a dedicated Navy wife while Jim served in the United States Navy. She never complained about raising their three children while Jim was away on assignment and at sea for many months at a time during his naval career. Upon Jim’s retirement, they moved back and settled in East Hartford. A devout Catholic, Joan was a secretary and receptionist at St. Rose Church in East Hartford and St. Bridget’s School in Manchester. She later worked a job that she truly loved for fifteen years as the secretary and receptionist for Dr. Sukwant Sethi, M.D. in East Hartford prior to her retirement. A talented painter, Joan enjoyed painting pictures for her family and friends to have. She also enjoyed camping, and traveling, especially to many military reunions with her beloved Jim. Most of all, Joan will be remembered by those who knew her as a loving wife, mother, grandmother “Bamma”, great-grandmother, aunt, and dear friend who made delicious peanut butter bars and blueberry squares. In addition to her husband Jim, Joan is survived by her three special children: son, Henry J. Futtner and his wife, Linda, of East Hartford; daughter, Catherine A. Downs and her husband, Kevin, of Coventry; son, Jeffrey J. Futtner and his wife, Lisa, of South Windsor; her eight grandchildren whom she was beyond proud of and loved very much: Kelly Kehoe and her husband, John, of Manchester, Allison Futtner of Seattle, WA, Brian Futtner and his fiancée, Stephanie Leon, of Newington, Courtney Downs of Cromwell, Ashley Downs of Manchester, Lauren Futtner of Randolph, VT, Jennifer Futtner of South Windsor, and Steven Futtner of South Windsor; and the lights of her life, her two great-grandchildren: Declan and Nora Kehoe both of Manchester. She also leaves a brother, Dennis Garrity and his wife, Joan, of Chaplin; many adored nieces, nephews, godchildren, cousins, and dear friends who were all very special to her. Funeral service will be Thursday (January 30, 2020) with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 10:30 am at Our Lady of Peace Church of St. Edmund Campion Parish, 370 May Road, East Hartford. Everyone is asked to please go directly to the church on Thursday morning. Burial will follow at Silver Lane Cemetery-Veteran’s Memorial Field, East Hartford. Joan’s family will receive relatives and friends on Wednesday (January 29, 2020) from 3 – 7 pm at the D’ESOPO-East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter Street, East Hartford. In lieu of flowers, her family has requested that you consider making memorial donations in Joan’s name to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959. Joan’s family would like to extend their sincere gratitude and appreciation to the doctors, nurses, and staff of the Congestive Heart Inpatient Unit @ St. Francis Hospital, and the nurses and therapists of the Visiting Nurse Health Services of CT in Vernon for their professionalism, excellent care, love, and compassion given to Joan and her entire family during her illness. For any on-line expressions of sympathy to the family please visit www.desopoeh.com.


  • James "Jim" Futtner, Husband
  • Henry Futtner (Linda), Son
  • Catherine "Cathy" Downs (Kevin), Daughter
  • Jeffrey "Jeff" Futtner (Lisa), Son
  • Dennis Garrity (Joan), Brother

  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital


  • Public Visitation Wednesday, January 29, 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, January 30, 2020
  • Committal Service Thursday, January 30, 2020


Joan Marie Futtner

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Donald Vincent

January 31, 2020

Prayers for Joan and Blessings to Jim and family. Don Vincent

Patty and Bob Lee

January 30, 2020

Oh my, this is a shock!.. Just pulled it up on the Aerographer. Joan, we used to have a lot of fun in Monterey and etc. Working at Baby News and just parties. Seeing you at reunions was great. The last one for us to attend was Colorado Springs. You were not feeling well, but you still made it. Been so nice keeping in touch all these years. Loved you so much.

Patty and Bob
Highlands Ranch, CO

Wayne Van Dine

January 29, 2020

Dennis, It's been forever ago but we were neighbors on Saunders Street. My Mom and Dad were your parents real good friends. Your mom and dad are also my Godparents. They took me in and took care of me my Junior year of High School. That year turned my life around. I remember playing with you as a very young boy and you tolerated me. A big memory I have of Joan was her 45 record collection. I remember her playing them for me as a very young boy. I visit your mom and dads grave whenever I come to Ct. You had such a very special family. I still have the daily missal your mom and dad gave to me for my first communion. When I heard of Joans death so many memories were brought back. I am sorry for your loss. Rest assured she is in heaven with your wonderful parents. Wish I could be there for the funeral but I currently live in Kansas City, Mo. God bless you and Joans family during this most difficult time. Sincerely, Wayne Van Dine

Bill & Joyce Paschall

January 28, 2020

Joyce and I would like to pass to Jim and Family our heartfelt sympathy in the loss of a gracious lady and friend. We looked forward every year to getting together again at the annual reunion of the USS NIMITZ Association. God's rest Joan. You were and are a treasure to everyone who knew you. In Christ, Bill and Joyce.

Kathleen Royal

January 28, 2020

My prayers are with Jim & the Futtner family. I've been a neighbor to both Jim & Joan for the last 24 years and they are truly the best neighbors to have. When we 1st moved in, Jim let us borrow gardening tools because we didn't have a clue what we were doing and Joan was an avid baker and loved sitting out on the back porch & I would wave to them while walking my dogs. I would sometimes bring baked goodies over to share to let them know how much I appreciated them. May GOD Bless Jim and the family and Jim, if you ever need anything...I'm just across the street. May your memories brighten your day at this most difficult time.
Warmest regards,
Kathy Royal