Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel

68 Old Short Hills Road, Livingston, NJ


Joan Kalkin

July 3, 1931May 16, 2020

Joan Lazarus Kalkin died peacefully in her sleep on May 16, 2020. She was the matriarch of the Kalkin family of Bernardsville, NJ, the loving wife of Eugene Kalkin, the protective mother of Nancy and Adam Kalkin, the adoring grandmother of Graham, Wallace, Georgia, Honor, Dorothea, Maximus and Oliver, and the adored mother-in-law of Lincoln and Jocelyne. Relationships were the center of her life; family was the center of her relationships and she was the center of her large extended family. She ruled gently with charm, love, style and humor. No one will forget her Mitsuoko perfume and beautiful smile. In her public life, she sat on the boards of the Newark Museum, the Shelburne Museum, the Fleming Museum and the board of Trustees of the University of Vermont where she was awarded an honorary doctor of laws. Joan grew up in Newark and Maplewood, NJ and lived in Bernardsville for the last 40 years. She leaves a tender spot in the hearts of everyone who knew her.

Gifts in memory of Joan can be directed to the University of Vermont Foundation, attention Kathleen Kelleher, 411 Main St., Burlington, VT 05403 or online at www.uvmfoundation.org.


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Toni Bimbo-vardiman

May 27, 2020

Mrs Kalkin was a woman whose class, grace, charm and wit were unmatched. She had it all! As a teenager she left an impression on me and taught me things that I will carry with me for my entire life. Mr Kalkin, Adam, and Nancy - I am truly sorry for your loss. To her grandchildren that I’ve not had the pleasure to meet, you were so lucky to have Joan Kalkin as your grandmother ! May the memories that you created with her comfort you in this time of loss. With so much love and adoration, I am truly sorry, Toni “B” LNT

pam mcdermott

May 24, 2020

I remember Joan at UVM Commitee meetings, putting her 'all' into every decision. The UVM community will miss her - she was an incredible symbol on campus - her commitment to UVM was unwavering.


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