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Joan A. Ward

August 13, 1933 ~ October 17, 2018 (age 85)


On October 17, 2018, heaven gained another angel as Joan A. Ward passed away at the age of 85 after a long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease.  She fought bravely for several years and was stronger than any of us really knew.  She passed peacefully at home surrounded by family. 

Joan was a beloved wife to the late Joseph G. Ward and cherished mother to Gary (Cathy) Ward, Laurie (Thomas) Scally, and Nancy (Ronald) Muscarella.  She was an adoring Mimi/Grammy to Megan Horsely, Christopher Ward, Brendan Ward, Andrew Ward, Erin Scally, Kevin Scally, Kelsey Muscarella, Joseph Muscarella, Lauren Muscarella, and the late Katie Scally.  Joan was also a loving Great-grandmother to Everly and Logan Horsely, Lucas Ward, and Maxwell Ward. She was a beloved sister to Raye Ferguson and the late Genevieve Wilson.

Joan was born in Englewood New Jersey August 13, 1933 to George and Lauretta Pimont.  Sadly, she lost her mother only a year later, but was raised by her Aunt Berthe Tripier, who she called “mommy” and her Uncle Georges Tripier.  Her childhood was filled with love as her cousins quickly became sisters in their hearts.

After she married Joe in 1957, they immediately made their home and started a family in Woodside, NY.  They enjoyed summers in Lake Panamoka and eventually built a new home in St. James surrounded by extended family where they lived happily together for 31 years until Joe’s death in 2002.  

Joan lived a life full of laughter and vibrance and was loved by all who knew her.  While she will be missed deeply, she will live on forever in our memories and in our hearts.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Joan’s favorite charity, St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital.  (

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