Joan O. Dean

GOWANDA – Joan O. Dean, age 79, formerly of West Main Street, Gowanda passed away Sunday (July 7, 2013) at the Gowanda Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Gowanda. She was born January 8 1934 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the daughter of Percy J. and Violet G. (Della) Billitt. A licensed insurance

agent, Joan worked for the Prudential Insurance Agency out of Prudential’s Gowanda satellite office, retiring after nearly 20 years of employment. A member of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Gowanda, Joan was active and enjoyed being a part of the church choir. She especially enjoyed singing and would extend her love of music by singing and providing music to convalesc-

ing patients at area nursing homes, especially during holidays. Joan also served on various church committees. Survivors include a son Christopher (Ann) Blundell of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia; grandchildren Lisa, Courtney, Todd, Leslie, Ashley and Andrew great grandchildren Leslie, Paige and Leah. Brother Albert Billitt and sister Merle Ward, both of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Joan moved to Gowanda nearly 45 years ago; while here she became part of the Kota family. She was like a sister to Shirley and Ed, a second mother to Deb (Jim) DiBlasi, Terrie (Don) De hos and Nanny Joan to Stephanie, Lindsey, Shawn and Christina. along with Isabella and Kailea. Besides her parents, Joan was preceded in death by her daughter, Valann Pickard who passed away

Dec. 29, 1991, along with brothers Percy and Sydney and sisters Hazel, Doris, Gladys and Vera. Friends may call at the SCHINDLER FUNERAL HOME, 44 Center St. Gowanda (716)-532-4200 from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday July 10. Funeral services will be held Thursday July 11, 2013 @11a.m. in the Trinity United Church of Christ, 30 Erie Ave., Gowanda, NY 14070 (assemble at church). Interment will be in Prince Edward Island where Joan will be laid to rest next to her daughter, Valann Pickard. Memorial contributions in Joan’s name can be made to the Trinity United Church of Christ.