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Joan Vanchieri

Joan Marie Vanchieri (Posthauer)

Wednesday, November 16th, 1932 - Monday, July 20th, 2020
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Bangor - Joan Vanchieri passed away peacefully in her home in the early morning of July 20th, 2020, surrounded by her close family.

Joan Marie was born November 16th, 1932, in College Point, New York, to Charles and Elizabeth Posthauer. There she later met the love of her life, Frank J. Vanchieri.

In 1952, they married and subsequently welcomed a daughter and a son. In 1955, the military sent them to Maine, where they settled in to raise their family and many years later welcomed another daughter and son.
Joan was a devoted wife and mother, and was known for her kind heart and open arms. After raising her children, Joan spent her time working as a special education teacher at Garland Street Middle School (later to be named William S. Cohen). In her free time she was an avid reader, and you could always catch her with her nose in a book or strolling through the Bangor Public Library. Joan loved the outdoors, including her flower gardens, their camp on Hopkins pond, and bird watching.

Everyone who knew Joan and Frank knew them for their Porch, where anyone could come to feel like they were home. The house they bought on Maple Street was always filled with friends and family; the Vanchieri’s were known best for their kindness—where they made sure everyone felt like part of their family.
Joan was predeceased by her mother and father; four sisters; her husband, Frank Vanchieri; and her daughter, Janice.

Joan is survived by her children, Thomas and his wife, Brenda, Marianne and her husband, Steve, and Richard; grandchildren, LeeAnne, Danielle, Kyla, Janelle, Dawnna, and Logan; her great-grandchildren, Emma, Cassie, Zachary, Bella, Owen, and Kairi.

The family wishes to thank Beacon Hospice for their extraordinary care.

Friends and family are welcome to attend a graveside service 11am, Friday, July 24, 2020 at Mt. Pleasant Catholic Cemetery, Ohio Street, Bangor. Those wishing to remember Joan in a special way may make gifts in her honor to the Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow Street, Bangor, Maine 04401.
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    Friday, July 24th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday, July 24th, 2020 11:00am
    Mount Pleasant Catholic Cemetery
    449 Ohio St.
    Bangor, Maine 04401
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Frank Murray
  • Interment

    Friday, July 24th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday, July 24th, 2020 11:00am
    Mount Pleasant Catholic Cemetery
    449 Ohio St.
    Bangor, Maine 04401
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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T. Aileen Seguino

Posted at 09:47am
I would like to extend to Joan Vanchieri 's family my condolences. She was a lovely lady to be proud of and always the same sweet personality whenever you met her. May she Rest In Peace with the Angels. Sandy Seguino

Karen Bagley

Posted at 03:00am
What a wonderful, remarkable and classy woman! Joan was one of the very best educational technicians I have ever worked with at Garland Street Middle School ( now Cohen ) as well as a great friend. She and Frank were a superb couple whose company Rick and I enjoyed for many years, be it going to "Our Italian restaurant" weekly for many years, fantastic dinners at the house or the numerous visits on the back porch. A piece of my heart is broken, however, the many, many memories with always be with me. Rest in peace, Joan. Our deepest sympathy to Marianne, Tommy, and Ricky and the rest of the family. Karen and Rick Bagley

Debbie Pellegrino

Posted at 04:10pm
I am so sad to hear of Joan's passing. I worked with Joan at Garland Street Middle School/WSCS. We had so many things in common and we talked often of quilting, books, recipes and gardening, to name only a few. We kept in touch after I left the school and would meet for lunch sometimes. I think of her every time I drive by her house. I remember bringing my infant twins to her house to meet her (they are 18 now). I will always have such fond memories her her. Rest peacefully Joan.

Carolyn Vose

Posted at 03:32pm
I adored Joan. She worked with me at Garland St. Middle School. What a positive, generous, kind, intelligent, welcoming, and beautiful lady! My condolences go to the family she loved so much. Carolyn Vose

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