Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Thursday, February 22, 2018

MORRISTOWN, N.J. – Sister Joan Louise Melanson, 74, a member of the Religious Teachers Filippini who taught in the Archdiocese of Hartford, died on March 10 at Villa Walsh.

Born in Lynn, Mass., she entered the order on May 30, 1959, and made her religious profession on Aug. 22, 1964. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Notre Dame College in Manchester, N.H., and pre-primary credentials from the Northeast Montessori Institute.

Sister Joan began teaching in 1961 and, over the years, taught at St. Anthony in Bristol and Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Meriden as well as at St. Sebastian in Middletown. She directed the Montessori program at Queen of Apostles Education Center from 1990-96. She also taught in New Jersey, New Hampshire, Ohio and Pennsylvania before serving in Florida from 1996-2004, when she retired to Morristown.

She is survived by a brother, Richard. She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Etta May Marks, and her stepmother, Margaret Hussey.

Donations in memory of Sister Joan may be made to St. Joseph Hall Infirmary, c/o Sister Betty Jean Takacs, MPF, provincial superior, Villa Walsh, 455 Western Ave., Morristown, NJ 07960-4928.