Joan Egan Mendelson, “Joani,” devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend, passed away peacefully, at home, surrounded by her family on March 26, 2018 at age 75.
Joani was born on March 27, 1942, in New York City, to Ann Coakley and Edward J. Egan. She grew up in Larchmont, N.Y. and attended St. Augustine’s School and graduated from the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich, CT.
After she graduated from Manhattanville College, she married, John A. Mendelson, on November 9, 1963. Happily married for 54 years, they raised five daughters in Rye N.Y.
Loving mother of Mary “Meegan” Slusser (Doug), Cathleen Daly (Kevin), Margaret “Mavie” Mendelson, Joanie Chioffi (Marcus), Kim Pepper (Doug). Beloved grandmother of 8 grandchildren: Caitlin, Connor, Quinn Daly; Jack and Caroline Chioffi; Andrew, Katie and Molly Pepper. She is also survived by 6 siblings: Missy Egan Wey, Edward Joseph Egan, Jr., Thomas F. Egan, Ann Cathleen Cronin, Margaret Egan and John Treacy Egan and many devoted nieces and nephews.
Joani considered being a wife and mother her greatest gifts. Joani also created her own design firm, known as Hilltop Interiors. Joani and John were loyal parishioners at the Church of the Resurrection in Rye and members of the Apawamis Club, also in Rye. In 1985, the Mendelsons built a home on Lake Champlain in VT where many family memories were made. In 2016, after living in Manhattan, the Mendelsons moved to Greenwich, CT to be closer to family. Selfless, kind, energetic and spiritual, Joani Mendelson was always the light of every gathering.
To honor Joani’s life, family and friends will gather on Monday, April 2 from 5:00-8:00pm at Coxe & Graziano Funeral Home, 134 Hamilton Avenue, Greenwich.
A Mass, in Celebration of her life, will be held on Tuesday, April 3 at 11:00am, at the Church of the Resurrection, Rye, NY.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Convent of the Sacred Heart and sent to Convent of the Sacred Heart, attn: Alumnae Office, 1177 King Street Greenwich, CT 06831. Please note that your donation is in memory of Joan Egan Mendelson ‘59.