Joan Farrell Hess, 85, of Branford passed away peacefully on November 2, 2017, just two short days after her husband of 65 years, John, passed. Born in New Haven, Connecticut to James and Alice Farrell, she grew up in New Haven before residing in Branford with her loving husband for 60 years.
An accomplished professional, Joan worked for St. Mary School, private physicians and the Knights of Columbus in New Haven, all while caring for her family as a wife, mother and grandmother.
Joan had an unwavering faith in God. She was a member of St. Mary Church in Branford. Over the years, she had become very involved with the parish school and church and serviced numerous vocations for the parish.
Joan was extremely caring and proud of her three children, Kathleen Hoyt (David) of Fallston, MD, Elizabeth Bruenn (Sean) of Navarre, FL and John Hess III (Suzanne) of Guilford, CT. She was predeceased by her sister Mary Robinson. Joan is survived by her sister, Alice Naclerio of New Haven and her brother, Thomas Farrell of East Haven; as well as her nine adoring grandchildren: Virginia, Leslie and Emily Hoyt; Sean and Kyle Bruenn; Ashley, John IV, Lauren and Justin Hess and many nieces, nephews and friends.
In honor of Joan and John's life together, their family will receive friends on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 8:30 until 10:00 a.m. at W.S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home, 244 North Main Street, Branford. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated jointly at 10:30 at St. Mary Church in Branford. Burial will follow in St. Agnes Cemetery, Branford.
Memorial donations may be made in Joan’s name to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.
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