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Joan Carol Barlow

May 18, 1938May 14, 2020

South Orleans – Joan Carol Barlow of South Orleans, MA passed away peacefully on May 14, 2020 at Pleasant Bay Nursing & Rehab Center from complications brought on by Alzheimer’s disease, at the age of 81.

Born in Newark, NJ on May 18, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Erich and Hertha Gronau.

Joan was the loving wife of 61 years of Donald G. Barlow. She leaves behind her son, Donald G. Barlow II and his wife, Karen Barlow of Brick, NJ and her daughter, Laura A. Barlow Boulton and her husband, John V. Boulton of Darien, CT. She also leaves four grandchildren; Alex Barlow of Point Pleasant Beach, NJ and Erica Barlow of Brick, NJ, and Caroline and Julia Boulton both of Washington, DC. She is also survived by her brother, Fred Gronau of Manasquan, NJ

Joan was a graduate of Jonathan Dayton Regional High School in Springfield, NJ in 1956, and a graduate of Elizabeth General Hospital School of Nursing in Elizabeth, NJ where she earned her Nursing diploma in 1959.

Joan and Don were married on July 25, 1959 and spent their early years in New Jersey, then moved to Brockton, MA where they raised their children, including living in Mumbai, India during a one year job assignment. They moved to South Orleans in 1988 and became active in The Orleans Yacht Club and Newcomers Club. They enjoyed life on the Cape, sharing a love of boating and golfing. Joan will always be remembered for her generous and kind heart.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the healthcare workers at Pleasant Bay and Broach Reach Hospice for their care and support of Joan.

Funeral arrangements are being made by Nickerson Funeral Home in Orleans. Memorial service details will be made at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations in Joan’s memory to Broad Reach Hospice, 1455 Main Street, Chatham, MA 02633, or to the Alzheimer’s Association. For online condolences, please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com.


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Jean and Larry Hayward

May 22, 2020

Don, Larry and I wish to express our sympathies on the loss of your beautiful wife Joan. Your devotion and loving care to Joan was inspiring, and we hope it will bring you comfort in the years to come. Larry and Jeanne Hayward

Greg & Diana DeLory

May 19, 2020

We are so sorry to hear of Joan's passing. Our hearts go out to you.
We have fond memories of you and Joan at the Yacht Club and out at the spit and at our clambakes.
We hope to see you soon.
With condolences,
Greg and Diana

Paul and Judy Lindahl

May 19, 2020

We are so sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. We have fond memories of very good times at the OYC with the both of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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