Information provided by Leo P Gallagher Funeral Home
Joan Belmont Bergeron passed away on Saturday, September 12 from natural causes.
Loving wife of the late William Bergeron and loving mother to her only child, Betsy, Joan was a caring, dignified woman who was adored and loved by her extended family.
Joan was born on May 14, 1921, in Cos Cob to Philomena (Cofone) and Anthony Belmont, the ninth of twelve children.
She went through the Greenwich school system and took great pride in remembering the Cos Cob School song, breaking into it any time she was asked to sing it.
Joan attended Albright College in Pennsylvania and was named Homecoming Queen her sophomore year.
She married the love of her life, Bill Bergeron, in 1955 and was his biggest fan during his long coaching tenure at St. Mary High School. She never missed a football or baseball game. She worked as a bookkeeper for Dr. Robert Wachen, DDS. for many years. After retirement, she and Bill were able to enjoy many trips to the wine country in California along with one of her wonderful nieces.
A kind and generous woman, she loved being with her family on any occasion especially when new babies came into the world, and loved watching her beloved Duke Blue Devils and Yankees. Family was very important to Joan and now her family will rejoice in her life. She will be celebrated and remembered with love by her daughter, Betsy (Kim Malara), her sisters Lillian Costaregni (George), Gloria Hopper, and Aurie Tupper, her sister in law, Ruth Mahoney as well as over 80 nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews and great grand nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her sisters Carmela Andrea, Yolanda Telerico, Min Bruno, Helen Finocchio, Evelyn Rousseau, her brothers in law, Bill Andrea, Peter Telerico, Albert Bruno, Lewis Finocchio, Ed Rousseau, Gene Mahoney, Paul Hopper, Paul Tupper, her nephew Billy Andrea and her nieces, Marilyn Santore, Joy Hirschhorn and Lori Mahoney.
The family would like to thank Joan’s dedicated caregiver, Lali, and everyone involved with Greenwich Hospital Hospice for their loving care of Joan.
Calling Hours will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, September 16 at Gallagher’s Funeral Home on Arch Street, Greenwich. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Thursday, September 17 at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church on Greenwich Avenue.
In lieu of flowers and in keeping with Joan’s devotion to family and love of children, please make donations to Off-Beat Players, Inc. 55 Mill Plain Road, #29-5, Danbury, CT. 06811 – www.offbeatplayers.org. (Off-Beat Players is a local theatre company dedicated to serving teens and young adults with and without disabilities.) or the Making Headway Foundation, 115 King Street, Chappaqua, NY 10514 www.makingheadway.org/. (Making Headway is a foundation dedicated to the care, comfort and cure of children with brain and spinal cord tumors.)