Joanne M. Van Doren, 85, Chaumont

CHAUMONT, NY —  Joanne M. Van Doren, 85, Chaumont, NY, died Sept. 4 at the Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown, NY, after a brief illness.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Becker-Cleveland Funeral Home, Chaumont, NY.

Born Dec. 22, 1934, a daughter of Michael and Anna (Branche) West, she graduated from Lyme Central School in 1952.

On Oct. 18, 1953, she married Kenneth Walter Van Doren at the All Saints Church in Chaumont.

Devoted to Ken and her three sons, she lived in Chaumont, Canton, Adams Center, Cooperstown and then retired with Ken to Chaumont in 1992 where they lived until Ken’s passing in 2016 after 63 years of marriage. While living in Adams Center she worked as a teachers’ aide for nearly 10 years in the Adams Center Elementary School.

Joanne is survived by three sons, Peter (Catherine), Germantown MD, John (Lynne), Westborough MA and Tom (Karen), Shelburne VT; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, her brother Jim West; a sister Annette West; and her sister-in-law, Clara Van Doren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Michael and Anna, and a brother, Glenn.

There will be no calling hours.

Private burial will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Chaumont.

Donations in Joanne’s name may be made to the Lyme Free Library in Chaumont.

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