Joan L. Bannen, 90, of Saugerties
Joan L. Bannen, 90, of Joseph’s Drive, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, peacefully at home, surrounded by her four children and loved ones.
Born Dec. 27, 1928, in the Bronx, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Susan McGuire. An area resident since 1954, she was a parishioner of St. Mary of the Snow Church.
She was predeceased by her husband, Robert R. (Bob). Survivors include two sons, Kevin G. (Sue J.) and Brian (Jennifer) Bannen; two daughters, Kathleen A. Fricke and Sue Bannen, all of Saugerties; and 10 grandchildren, Melissa (Tim) Dupree, Dan (Becky) Fricke, Chris (Leanne) Fricke, Bobby, Brett, Sean, Kevin J., Ryan, Connor, and Shannon Bannen. Nine great-grandchildren; a dear niece, Debbie Bannen; and several nieces and nephews also survive.
She was predeceased by her siblings, Rose McGuire, Charles J. McGuire Jr., and Patricia M. Armstrong.
On May 11, 1952, she married the love of her life, Robert R. Bannen. In 1954, the couple moved to Saugerties. Joan was a devoted mother and grandmother who raised and cared for her family unconditionally. She was active in the community. Joan was the past president of the St. Mary of the Snow Altar Rosary Society, and past president of Barclay Heights Home Economics Club. She loved sports and was a member of the Saugerties Bowler’s Club. She has a avid New York Yankees fan. She also loved card games and played in a weekly Mah Jongg group. In March 1973, Joan lost her beloved husband, Bob, and then three months later she was involved in a car accident that left her paralyzed. This never broke her spirit and she devoted her life to her children and family. The family is grateful for the compassionate care that was given to Joan by her aide, Rosita Morales, Dr. Douglas Heller, and Dr. Charles Kutler.
Her funeral procession will form at 9:15 a.m. Monday at Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home Inc., corner of John and Lafayette streets. Thence to St. Mary of the Snow R.C. Church, where at 10 a.m., a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Friends will be received Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Expressions of condolence may be shared with the family on Joan’s Tribute Wall at SeamonWilseyFuneralHome.com.