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Joan Carol Berry McConnel, 66

Passed Away: 05/25/2012

Joan Carol Berry McConnel July 7, 1944-May 25, 2012. Joan, age 66, passed away unexpectedly Friday May 25 at Northside-Forsyth Hospital. She will be remembered as a loving sister, mother, grandmother and friend to the many people she touched. Joan was born in Hartford, CT to the late Virginia Reardon Berry and Edwin D. Berry. She grew up in Connecticut with two brothers, Ned Berry and Phil Berry. She graduated from Hall High School and attended a 2 year college in Connecticut. Joan worked for Aetna Life in Casualty in Hartford, CT for many years. Later moving to Townshend, VT she worked for Mary Meyer. She was an avid gardener and a wonderful golfer. She volunteered for many years for Grace Cottage Hospital and Foundation. Joan moved to Stuart, Florida and later Cumming, GA to be closer to her daughter, Heather McConnel Goukler, her son-in-law, Rick Goukler and her 4 grandchildren where she was a part of their daily lives and activities. She was President of the Women's Golf Association at Windermere Country Club and a volunteer at Haw Creek Elementary School that her grandchildren attended.

Joan is survived by her two brothers, Ned and Phil Berry, her daughter, Heather McConnel Goukler, her son-in-law Rick Goukler and her 4 grandchildren, Davis, Grace, Rachel and Luke Goukler and an unbelievable number of close friends from every walk of her life.

Visitation will take place on Tuesday, May 29 at McDonald and Sons Funeral Home in Cumming, GA from 11-1pm. Chapel service on premises at 1pm. Graveside service at Suwanee View Gardens in Cumming at 2pm. Reception to follow at Heather Goukler's home until 6pm. A Memorial Service will be held in June in Townshend, VT at the Garden of Grace at Grace Cottage Hospital.

In lieu of flowers, please make all donations to Grace Cottage Hospital, P.O. Box 216, Townshend, VT 05353.

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Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 150 Sawnee Drive, Cumming, GA 30040 (770) 886-9899
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