Joan Rita Menhart

February 12, 1934March 7, 2018

Joan Rita Menhart

Lexington, SC – Joan Rita Menhart, 84, who recently celebrated her 66th wedding anniversary with her best friend, knight in shining armor, and Korean War veteran, Robert John Menhart, died Wednesday, March 7th at her home in Lexington, SC. She was surrounded by her family where she resided for the past 14 years. Before moving to Lexington, they lived in Mystic, CT for 30 years and 16 years in Florissant, MO. Born in New York City, she was the only child of the late Joseph and Rita Barker of Bridgeport, CT. She is survived by her husband Robert John (Bob) Menhart of Lexington, SC; son Joseph (Donna) Menhart of Hartford, CT; son Michael (Karen) Menhart of Charlotte, NC; daughter Susan (Kevin) Menhart - Clark of Stonington, CT; son David (Jill) Menhart of Lexington, SC; son Paul (Bitsy) Menhart of Richmond Hill, Georgia; and daughter Nancy Menhart of Uncasville, CT. She was preceded in death by her first-born daughter, Marianne. She was also blessed with 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Theresa Menhart, Rachel Menhart. Marie Menhart, Ethan Menhart, Andreea Menhart, Lauren Clark, Alison Menhart, Jaime Menhart, Michael Menhart, Robert Jr. Johnson, Brandon Johnson, Brian Johnson, Bradley Johnson and one great grandchild Aubrie Johnson. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Brightstar and Pruitt Hospice for the compassionate, loving care they provided. A mass of Christian burial will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 2350 Augusta Hwy, Lexington, SC followed by a reception at the parish hall. Caughman-Harman Funeral Home is coordinating the arrangements located at 503 North Lake Dr. in Lexington, SC 29072 In lieu of flowers, donations in Joan’s memory may be made to Birthright of Columbia, SC There will be a memorial service held in the Mystic, CT area at a later date.


  • Birthright of Columbia, SC In Joan’s memory


  • A Mass of Christian burial Saturday, March 10, 2018
  • Visitation Saturday, March 10, 2018

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Rick Petreycik

March 17, 2018

Aunt Joan, who was also my Godmother, will always have a special place in my heart. In the early 1970s I was travelling cross country with 4 friends of mine and while passing through Missouri I gave Aunt Joan a call and asked if it was OK for us to stop by. She said yes and I’ll never forget the warmth and caring she showed toward me and 4 complete strangers. We ended up staying for 5 days. I’ll never forget her smile and her infectious laugh. What a terrific lady!

Joel Halliwell

March 9, 2018

To the entire Menhart Family,
I am sure you all know how sorry I am for your loss. For it is also a tremendous loss for me. Mrs. Menhart was a second mom to me in so many ways. I was always welcomed into her home as one of the family, even if she probably wished I would just go away. She treated me as one of her own sons , even if that meant some stern scoldings that were surely deserved. It was truly an honor to be loved by such a tremendous mom, and a privilege to be able to call her mom. I am sure she is resting peacefully now only to look after all of us from above.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. May Mom Menhart rest in peace. My deepest sympathies to you all.

Miranda Krause Cahill

March 9, 2018

Dear Nancy and Menhart family,

I'm thinking of you all during this time. I have many happy memories from seeing your folks at the old red house. I always think of you and the family when I walk by as different people (and different dogs) have made it their home. Your mom must have been so proud of all of you and the legacy she left on this earth. I don't doubt she is at peace and keeping an eye on things from the other side. The photo you chose is absolutely beautiful. May you find comfort and peace as you grieve.

Miranda Krause Cahill

Alison Menhart

March 9, 2018

One time I gave a speech at my high school graduation where I shared Words of Inspiration. I didn’t feel that I was the most inspiring person at the time, so in my speech I thanked those who had inspired me during my first 17 years. In that speech I thanked my grandparents for always reminding me to value my faith above everything else.

Today as I try to look for the positive in a time of sadness, I’m reminded of that day. My family was proud of me, but the truth was I wouldn’t have had anything inspiring to say at all if it wasn’t for them. And I wouldn’t have such strong faith if it weren’t for my Grandma.

My Grandma was one of the most resilient people I’ve ever met. She spent her entire life defying the odds. She met the love of her life at 12, married him at 17, and celebrated 66 years with him. Who does that? She was told she would never have kids – she had 7. She raised them all and then faced the heartbreaking reality of saying goodbye to one of them far too early. Through the hurt she was still able to raise 6 amazing children who I know now as my dad, aunts, and uncles. Years later she and my Grandpa left behind the life they knew in Connecticut and moved to South Carolina. While living in the South, my Grandma developed severe health problems. Even though my mom warned us years ago to be prepared, over 10 years later my Grandma was still around. She was sick, but strong and lived much longer than anyone expected.

Looking back on my Grandma’s life, I can only imagine how much faith she must’ve had. Not many people could handle the types of hardships she encountered and still believe as strongly as she did. She had every reason to give up.

I’m lucky to have learned from her. I know that I haven’t come close to experiencing the obstacles she faced, but if she could get through it, I have faith that we can all get through this hard time. And I know because of my Grandma, faith is always the most important thing.

Bernie Nasser

March 9, 2018

Bob and the entire Menhart Family:

My deepest sympathies on the loss of Joan. As a long time friend of your family, I have many fond memories of her. Always with a warm smile and a friendly word, she has a place in my heart forever!
As a former teacher and coach @ Fitch High in Groton, CT I had the pleasure of teaching and coaching many (I think maybe all ) of her children. Joan ranks at the top of the list as a loving and caring Mother. Bob and Joan should be proud of the family legacy that they established giving us talented, athletic and intelligent children.

I am with all of you at this time of sorry, and I know that all of you will always remember MOM with love and many fond memories. May her soul rest in peace! I love all of you!

Bernie Nasser and family

Rachel Menhart

March 9, 2018

I will always remember fondly when grandma and grandpa lived in Mystic, CT. We visited their house often, and my sisters and I loved playing in grandma’s garden with her statues of squirrels and chipmunks. Those simple, sunny days surrounded by her love (and great cooking, of course) are what I am most thankful for.

Since they moved south when I was 8 years old, I have only been able to visit a handful of times. There was always so much joy in grandma’s eyes when her New England grandchildren came to visit. A few years ago I was so lucky to be able to bring my now fiancé down with me to meet grandma and grandpa. She was so happy. Below is the picture from our visit in 2015. My fiancé and I are on the left, followed by my older sister Theresa next to me and younger sister Marie on the right end.

I was also able to visit again with my dad, her oldest son Joe Menhart, just under a year ago. I am so happy that I did and was able to see her one more time. Even while she was struggling and in pain, she smiled so big when she saw I was there.

Rest In Peace grandma, I love you.

David Menhart

March 9, 2018

One of our mom's favorite times, all the children and grandchildren together.

We all love you mom and know you will continue to watch over us from heaven.

Tina Macdonald-Doody

March 8, 2018

Sue, Nancy, Joe,Michael, David, Paul and Dad Menhart. I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was such a beautiful woman inside and out. She opened her heart and your home to me when I needed it most. I remember going to church and feeling like I was part of the family. She would give us the look when Sue and I would be giggling a bit. Both your mom and dad are in each one of you. Cherish the memories. Your mom had such faith even after losing Marianne. I will hold her in my heart forever. I love all of you and wish I could be there. If any of you need anything I’m always here for you like you all Were for me Rest In Peace Mom Menhart and know how much you are loved❤️

Katie Scott

March 8, 2018

God Bless you, Aunt Joan! So many memories over the years from trips to Florissant with grandma and grandpa (I can still see your kitchen there that I always thought was so neat and clean and Paul smiling in the playpen), Holiday dinners in CT at your house and ours always with enough food and room for all, driving one snowy November day to a craft fair in Mystic, your big anniversary celebration with lots of little grandkids, our too quick visit with you and Uncle Bob in SC - almost 60 years of memories for me. Thank you for being an awesome Aunt and friend. I am sure you are with my mom Irene, Marianne, grandma and grandpa and your mom and dad, catching up! With love and prayers until we meet again🙏.
Your niece Kate, Chuck and Kasha and VanDyke, too - woof!