Joan E. Croteau

  • Born: April 27, 1934
  • Died: March 19, 2019
  • Location: Nashua, New Hampshire

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Joan E. Croteau, of Nashua, NH, passed away on March 19, with her family by her side. Joan was born on April 27, 1934 in Bethel, ME to Verne & Mary (Vallo) Corkum.

Joan graduated in 1952 from Gould Academy where she met and fell in love with her future husband, Donald A. Croteau. They moved to Milan, NH to raise their family of 5 children. She volunteered at the elementary school for many years while raising her children as a stay at home mom and finally took the position as school cook where she enjoyed watching the children grow. Joan would eventually move to southern NH and work as a machine operator at Cal-Comp till she retired at 65.

Joan will be deeply missed as the center piece of her family. Whether it be for holiday's, family reunions or birthdays family and friends would come together at her request. There was nothing Joan enjoyed more than being with her family and watching the great grandchildren grow, especially the last couple of years when her health had improved so much. She spent most of her days reading and doing puzzles in the communal room and her absence will be profound. Joan was a very generous person who had an undying respect for those who served in our military and always gave to several veterans groups.

Joan joins her parents, her husband Donald, brother Verne and her brother in law Bob Croteau in heaven. She is survived by her brothers Carl, Wayne and Butch Corkum and her sister Nancy Plante; her sons James and his wife Sandy Croteau, Brian and his wife Mary Croteau, Ted Croteau and his fiance' Nicole Marino, and daughters Patsy and her husband Bill Morrison and Pamela and her husband Curt Willson, 4 grand children and 5 great grand children and a large extended family.

A celebration of Joan's life will be held by her family at the annual family reunion.

In Joan's honor, the family kindly asks that donations be made to either the Paralyzed Veteran of America or The Wounded Warrior Project.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Our heavenly father hear the prayers of those calling on him. Please pray to him during this most difficult time, and may you find Peace and comfort. Psalms 66;19,20.

Posted by A friend   April 01, 2019


Thoughts and Prayer to all her family and friends, As I remember her as a hard working and loving Mother , I know how much she will be missed by all ...

Posted by Ruby Coolidge - East Bethel, ME   March 23, 2019

Though I only knew Joan for about a year. I loved her sense of humor. Enjoyed sitting out on the bench and talking to her. I also got to know her daughter Patsy and her devotion to her mother. I only hope that I have someone to take care of me like Patsy.

Posted by Peter Hart - Waltham, MA - Friend   March 22, 2019


I am so sorry to hear about Joan's passing. She was such a nice lady we will all miss her.

Elaine Mansfield

Posted by Elaine Mansfield - 7 Coliseum Ave Nashua, NH - Neighbor   March 22, 2019

Oh my Dear Friends, I am sorry to learn of Joan's passing. May her memory be a blessing an comfort to you in your times of grief. Joan was like an extra Mother to us Wheeler kids. My parents treasured her friendship.
We will not likely forget her many kindnesses and the obvious love she dispersed so graciously.
Good night Dear Lady!

Posted by Bridget Gehrling - Oakland, ME - Family Friend   March 21, 2019

Brian and Mary Croteau wish to thank all of Joan's friends and family who were part of their mom's very rich life. A true testament to her charm and character is that when people heard of a passing the most common reaction was Please tell me it was not Joan!

Posted by Brian Croteau - Holiday, FL - Family   March 21, 2019

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