Joan Ann Stellingwerf, age 89 of Vernon, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 28th, 2020 at the Newton Medical Center.
Born in Teaneck to the late Robert and Lucille (Way) Monte, Joan grew up in Hackensack and summered in Highland Lakes, before moving to Vernon in 1962.
A graduate from William Paterson College, Joan was a librarian for Walnut Ridge School in Vernon until her retirement in 2000. Most recently, she worked at the Thrall Library in Middletown, NY. She was also an active parishioner of the Saint Francis De Sales RC Church in Vernon.
Predeceased by her parents, husband Neil Stellingwerf, and her five younger siblings, Joan is survived by her loving daughter, Lesley Fischer and husband Jim of Vernon; grandchildren Jessica Worden and fiancé Chuck Bailey of Vernon, Heather Worden of Miami, FL, Jason Worden of Warwick, NY, Jennifer Fischer of Matamoras, PA, and James Fischer II of Vernon; and great-grandchildren Camillo and Carleigh Guzman, and Tyler and Trent Bailey, as well as an expected great-grandson, Dakota Ryder Worden.
Visitation for Joan will be held on Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 from 2-4 and 7-9PM at the Ferguson—Vernon Funeral Home, 241 Route 94 (One Vanderhoof Court for GPS), Vernon, NJ 07462. A Funeral Mass will be on Thursday, March 5th, 10AM at the St. Francis De Sales RC Church in Vernon. Burial will follow in the Glenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Francis De Sales Church.