Obituary: Joan Isabel, former resident, active Darien volunteer
Joan Pelletier Isabel, originally of Concord, NH, passed away peacefully at home at Governor’s Club in Chapel Hill, NC on Friday, March 18. She was born on Jan. 9, 1940.
Joan leaves behind her husband of 54 years, Richard Isabel; two children, Mark Isabel of Providence, RI and Margo Isabel of South Riding, VA; and three grandsons, Charles Manosalvas of Fairfax, VA and his wife Brittany, Ricardo Manosalvas of South Riding, and Daniel Isabel of Providence, RI.
Joan graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover, MA in 1957. She received her BA degree from Denison University, Granville, OH in 1961. Joan and Dick met at Denison.
Joan and Dick lived in Darien from July of 1969 until March of 1998, During their first 20 years of residency, Joan was constantly visible in the civic life of the community. She served on both the YMCA and YWCA boards, on two different school building committees and was President of the Darien League of Women Voters; she also became Vice President of the State league. She later worked for the City of New York for ten years where she served as director of the city’s office responsible for economic relations with the “not for profit” sector of the city.
Joan and Dick moved to Governor’s Club in 1998 where Joan was active in community affairs.
A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, April 16 at 10:00 AM at the Newman Catholic Student Center on the UNC campus. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Phillips Academy in honor of Joan, 180 Main St, Andover, MA, 01810.