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.