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Joan Stewart

Joan E. Stewart (Lavallee)

Monday, July 6th, 1936 - Tuesday, May 12th, 2020
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Joan E. (Lavallee) Stewart, 83, of Auburn passed away peacefully on Tuesday May 12, 2020 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was the devoted wife of Clarence E. “Sonny” Stewart, with whom she shared 65 years of marriage.

Joan was born in Worcester on July 6, 1936 to the late Emile and Edith Lavallee. She was raised and educated in Auburn, graduating from Auburn High School in 1954, with honors. Joan was married to Sonny the following year. She worked at Thom McCann offices, where she “balanced every store’s books to the penny.”

She was a devoted mother and, not only a wife, but a farmer’s wife. She could pop the clutch to get a truck started, drive under the corn chopper, but could never back up the truck.

They were the last farm to move out of Worcester and had relocated to Oxford, where Joan and Sonny raised their five children on Stewart Farm. After selling the farm, they worked together, delivering dog food for Eukenuba – Joan loved working the dog show circuit. They retired to and settled in Auburn in 1990.

She loved vacationing at the beach, especially on Cape Cod and Hampton Beach. She was an avid knitter, loved her puzzle books, and always enjoyed going shopping. Joan also enjoyed square dancing, which she even did on TV, and bowling - many years ago.

She leaves behind her husband, Sonny, along with their children, Peter Stewart and his wife Gail of Wellfleet, Kenneth Stewart, Sandra Miner and her husband Michael of Charlton, Susan Cloutier and her husband Clifford of Charlton, and Thomas Stewart and his wife Jacqueline of Westfield; twelve grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; her sister, Nancy Elian of Oxford; her good friend, Muriel Banach of Worcester; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Joan was predeceased by her brothers, Robert and Donald Lavallee.

Due to the current health crisis, services for Joan will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org/donate). The BRITTON-WALLACE FUNERAL HOME, 91 Central Street, Auburn, MA is honored to be assisting with arrangements.
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Private Condolence

Ellen Costello

Posted at 08:32am
Dear Stewie and family,

We were saddened to learn of Joan's passing. Joan was one of the first people to welcome us to the Worcester County Model A Club and we loved being around Joan and Stewie. They WERE always the life of the gathering. We'll always remember the love and devotion that as a couple each of them had for one another and a beautiful example for us to witness.

Our family will be forever grateful for the connection Joan made for us to find our beloved long-haired chihuahua.

Rest in peace dear Joanie

Ellen and Keith Costello, Rutland

Jane Wojciechowski

Posted at 11:18am
To Sonny and all you Stewart kids.....how can I put all my memories in such a small space. "Joan you've rented to hippies!" Fritos on my shopping list, coffee in the morning and afternoons, Mary Maxim knitting patterns (Ben's beautiful Winnie-the-Pooh hat and mitten set), bowling, exotic birds, "white lightening", George the crazy white China goose, and Sonny's Harley-Davidson. Your replacement truck driver at harvest. The station wagon loaded with Stewarts and their special Christmas Eves. The line-up to have your ties tied. Pay offs so a certain goose wouldn't nip my mother at the clothes line. A baby carriage adrift in a sea of escaped cows. Baseball games on the bus. Joan invented Super Mom. Nobody ever did it better. She never realized how fabulous she was...the glue that held it all together. We are all better people for having known her. I know she's in a better place. It's the missing that's the hard part. All our love, Bill and Jane

Susan Cloutier Posted at 07:24pm

Thank you Jane, such kind words. I will admit that you made me laugh out loud. I had forgotten about the goose, he did chase people! I miss my mom beyond words and she was more than fabulous. I can only aspire to be like her. My best to you and Bill. Sue

Debra Greany

Posted at 07:19pm
Sonny and Family...I was so sorry to read of Joan's passing. I certainly have many fond memories of the whole Stewart family when John and I rented the apartment on the farm back in August 1977. We certainly got a taste of "country living" when we were taught how to plant a garden and maintain it to produce all the wonderful vegetables we all enjoyed. Then there was the peacocks that used to come right up on our porch and spread their beautiful feathers. I gave birth to Patrick in December and Joan was so helpful with all my questions and worries about being a new Mom. Then came the blizzard of 78 in February and we lost power and Joan invited us to join their family to keep us and the new baby warm and toasty! We were snowbound for days as there was a 30 foot drift accross the road in front of the farm. Joan was a very sweet and caring woman, very devoted to her family. May she rest in Peace in the arms of Our Dear Lord....Our thought and prayers to your Family 🙏

Debbie Greany and Family

Susan Cloutier Posted at 07:31pm

Hi Deb. It is so nice of you to remember mom. She could be a mentor mom to anyone. She taught me so much the list is endless. She will be with us forever in our wild farm stories. My best to you and yours.

Maureen Conroy

Posted at 05:44am
Tommy and Cat and family, My

Tommy and Cat,
I am sorry to hear of your loss.
Though knowing just two of your members , I am quite sure that the family influence is strong within the Stewart clan.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you honor your Mother's life .
Maureen Conroy


Sally Paquin

Posted at 04:01pm
Joan was a very special lady. I knew her wonderful family thru her daughter Sandy . Joan knitted my baby the most beautiful baptism sweater set ! It was very intricate, I didn’t realize how difficult the pattern was that I chose , but it came out perfect ! There’s a new angel watching over her family now ! Rest In Peace Joan ❤️🙏🏻

Susan Cloutier Posted at 04:10pm

Thank you Sally. She was special with quite a talent for knitting. I remember a dress she made me for the first grade. I remember it vividly. We certainly have a new guardian angel.

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