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Joan A.
Steele (Cunningham)

September 24, 1939 – October 12, 2020

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Obituary for Joan A. Steele (Cunningham)

THE CASEY FAMILY IS HONORED TO BE ASSISTING AND CARING FOR THE FAMILY OF JOAN STEELE

WATERTOWN - Joan Ann Steele, age 81, died Monday, October 12, 2020 at Cheshire Regional Rehabilitation Center, Cheshire, Connecticut after a brief battle with cancer.

Mrs. Steele was born September 24, 1939 in Waterbury Connecticut to Louise (Shipley) and John Cunningham. A long-time resident of Watertown, Mrs. Steele attended Watertown High School and worked for many years at the Eyelematic Manufacturing Company, before going back to school in her 50s to learn data entry and get her driver’s license! Joan was an avid bingo player and was known to win more than a few dollars as she played with her friends at Buckingham Terrace in Watertown. Joan cherished the time spent with family and made special bonds with those that worked with her. She enjoyed a meal out and had a special place in her heart for Dunkin Donuts coffee and Carvel ice cream. Mrs. Steele was a lover of comedy and live shows and her laugh was unforgettable.

Left to honor her legacy and cherish her love and memory is her “twin” sister Lorraine Penta of Thomaston, her two daughters, Pamela (Albert) Prinz of Bethany and Sharon (Terrance) Dion of Southington, her son Robert (Christine) Steele of Torrington as well as loving nieces, nephews, seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Joan is predeceased by her loving husband, Bruce Avery Steele, her parents and her brother John (Jack) Cunningham.

The Steele family would also like to gratefully acknowledge the exceptional compassionate and professional care of the staff at Cheshire Regional Rehab and hospice services provided by Vitas Healthcare.

A private graveside service for Joan will be held on October 19, 2020. A public celebration of life will be held post pandemic at the convenience of the family. O’Neill Funeral Home, 742 Main St. Oakville has been honored to assist the Steele family during this difficult time. To honor Joan’s memory, donations may be made to Connecticut Community Care (ctcommunitycare.org) whose case management services allowed Joan to live independently in her later years. Memories endure only if you share them, so you are encouraged to leave a condolence, words of comfort or a personal memory with Joan’s family on her tribute page at www.oneillfuneralhome.com


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Service Information

Location
Middlebury Cemetery
Address
Middlebury, CT 06762
Service Extra Info
A private graveside service for Joan will be held on October 19, 2020 for immediate family only. A public celebration of life will be held post pandemic at the convenience of the family.

Interment Information

Location
Middlebury Cemetery
Address
Middlebury, CT 06762
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