Lake City – Joan Brown, 90, died Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at Shady Oaks Care Center in Lake City. Funeral services were held on Sunday, November 21, 2021 at the Lake City Union Church with burial in the Lake City Cemetery.
Joan was born on July 19, 1931 in Canajoharie, NY. At the age of 17 years she left home to attend nursing school at the Albany Medical School in Albany, NY. She caught the eye of a young musician, Robert I. Brown, who was playing at a church function with his band and the two were married on September 2, 1950. Together they celebrated 70 years of marriage before Bob’s death in January, 2021.
Joan was one of the first Certified Occupational Health Nurses and worked as a Registered Nurse at various hospitals over the years. She was an avid reader, enjoyed playing the piano, and was friendly to any stray that showed up.
Joan is survived by her daughters Barbara (Robin) Cowell of Corona, CA and Margaret “Peggy” Galletley of Lake City, IA; 8 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandson; brother Charles (Karla) Leonard of New Hampshire and sister Susan Laitalia of Massachusetts. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Bob Brown; daughter Cindy Ryssman; granddaughter Jennifer Ryssman; sister Jeannie Nadal.