Joan C. Gardner

July 24, 1946January 31, 2019

Joan C. Gardner, 72, of New London went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 31, 2019 surrounded by her family at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital.

Joan was born on June 24, 1946 in New London to Ernest and Lillian (Pendleton) Gardner. She graduated from St. Bernard High School with the class of 1964 and retired from General Dynamics / Electric Boat in 2014 after 41 years of dedicated service.

A joy to be around, nothing gave her more pleasure than spoiling and spending time with friends, family members, and her animal “nieces and nephews”.

Joan is survived by her sister, Joyce Gardner; nieces Tracy Becker and her husband Carl; Kimberly Buswell and her children Lillian and Derreck; Stephanie Hajhouj and her husband Achraf, as well as her children Noah, Juwan, and Kiara Hamilton; Julie Gabaldon and her husband Guy as well as their children Dominick and Alyssa; nephew, Keith Gardner and his daughter, Aubrey; as well as many close friends and family members. She is predeceased by her parents, and her brother, Russell H. Gardner.

Joan's wishes were for her family to personally thank the staff of Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, Bayview Healthcare, and the Visiting Nurses Association for the outstanding care they provided.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 10:00 AM in St. Joseph Church, 149 Montauk Ave., New London, CT 06320. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Ave., Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 9, 2019

Joan C. Gardner

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Steve Krajewski

February 6, 2019

Joyce and family,
So sorry to have heard of your loss. I recall just recently seeing Joan at the store with you, Joyce. She was happily zipping around in her cart, picking up the items on her list.
Joyce, I remember Joan checking me out when I came to pick you up for the Miss Latham's School of Dance event in eighth grade. It was as if she was thinking, "Ok, who is this guy with my sister?" Funny!
Please keep in mind the resurrection hope that God gave us, when we will see her again. - Revelation 21:3,4
Steve Krajewski

Roseanna Baracco Parker

February 5, 2019

Joan lived two houses down from us on Ledge Road when I was a child, I remember Joan as a shy girl with an essence of quiet dignity. May the perpetual light shine upon her. So sorry for your lost Joyce.

Betty Williams

February 5, 2019

Just want to wish you, Joyce, and your family, my sincere condolences for the loss of your beloved sister, Joan.
Many, many years ago, spending time at your home on Squire St. when we were in St. Joseph's School together, we spent time together and I was always impressed with your family's closeness. Take good care of yourself.
With fondest memories, Betty Mish Williams

Janice Semidey

February 4, 2019

Aubrey and I will truly miss Titi Joan! She made us feel special when she came to visit Florida and when we visited CT! What a great surprise we gave her when we visited last month!!! Tears flowed down her face and she gave Aubrey and I a tight hug! May she rest in piece! Forever in our hearts!

Diana Malinconico

February 4, 2019

It is with a sad heart that I say “so long “. You will be missed beyond words. So-Na-Me my Joaniebalonie, you will always be in my heart. Love you- Ma Tant♥️♥️♥️

Lola Taylor

February 4, 2019

Even though Joan chose to be cremated, I want to share part of a eulogy that Mark Twain wrote for his daughter. It moves me and I know "Lolita" would have liked it. It goes like this:

Warm summer sun,
Shine kindly here,
Warm southern wind,
Blow softly here.
Green sod above,
Lie light, lie light.
Good night, dear heart,
Good night, good night.

Stephanie Hajhouj

February 4, 2019

I will never forget the tears of joy she shed on this day in August 2018 when I surprised her with a secret visit from Florida. Aunt Joan was always like a second mother to my sisters and who is going to remind us when to turn my clocks back/ahead :(
You were truly loved and will be forever missed.