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Joan Ann Suydam, 85, Legal Secretary

Former Mineola resident passed away on Nov. 22, 2013.

Joan Ann Suydam passed away at the age of 85 on Nov. 22, 2013. Photo credit: Courtesy Suydam family
Joan Ann Suydam passed away at the age of 85 on Nov. 22, 2013. Photo credit: Courtesy Suydam family
Joan Ann Suydam (nee Bardes) of Toms River, N.J., passed away on Nov. 22, 2013 at the age of 85.

Born in Mineola, Long Island, NY, Joan grew up in Hempstead, N.Y. Married in 1955, she moved to Chatham, NJ, and started her family. She lived in Villanova, PA, for a short time and then moved to Roseland, NJ, where she spent 21 happy years raising her family and working as a legal secretary at Stickel, Frahn and Lloyd in Chatham, NJ.

Joan was involved in many activities. She enjoyed her Woman's Club in Chatham, Roseland, NJ, and later in Toms River, where she moved in 1991. She served as president of the Woman's Club there for many years and was a columnist in the Pine Cone community newspaper. She was active in many charitable groups, including Greenbriar Woodlands Outreach. She enjoyed organizing fundraising activities, including card parties, fashion shows, auctions and holiday gift giving for the needy. Joan was a golfer, an avid bridge and mah-jongg player who enjoyed being with her many friends and her family.

She leaves her beloved and loving husband of 58 years, William; her son, Tyler and his wife, Emily; and daughter, Karen Andrea McGahan and her husband, Timothy, all of whom she loved dearly and who loved her so much. She was an extraordinary wife and mother who will never be forgotten.

A memorial service will be arranged at a future date. Silverton Memorial Funeral Home, 2482 Church Rd., Toms River, NJ, is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Greenbriar Woodlands Outreach or the Brick Township Women's Club.

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