Joan Bertaccini

Joan Bertaccini

Friday, July 27th, 1928 - Tuesday, July 21st, 2020
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Joan Purves Adams Bertaccini
Joan Purves Adams Bertaccini died peacefully of natural causes at age 91 on July 21, 2020 at her home in Morris. She was born on July 27, 1928, the daughter of the late Ellen Tybout Wood Purves and Austin Montgomery Purves, Jr., a 20th century artist and educator. She was predeceased by her brother Oliver Purves and sister Ellen Purves Thurneyssen. She is survived by her daughter Susannah Austin Kaley of New Britain, CT and Ellen Rebecca Adams of Longlac, Ontario from a first marriage to Faneuil Adams, Jr. in 1947.
Joan’s early years were spent in New York City and Litchfield, CT. She attended Litchfield High School and Barnard College from 1942-1949. In her marriage to Faneuil Adams, many years were spent abroad during his career with Mobil; Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Japan. After her marriage ended in 1975, Joan pursued a nursing career, receiving her LPN from Waterbury Hospital and RN from Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital. She lived for 22 years in Branford, CT, where she worked at Connecticut Hospice and the Visiting Nurses in New Haven, with a year of nursing service at the Navajo Nation in Chinle, AZ. She was involved with the Branford Land Trust, the Branford Walkers and did community outreach work at St. Paul and St. James Church in New Haven.
Her marriage to Lincoln Bertaccini lasted from 2000 until his death in 2017. She and Linc had known each other since childhood in Litchfield. They settled in Morris, CT. She was a tutor for Literacy Volunteers of NW Connecticut, volunteered at the Torrington Soup Kitchen and was active with the League of Women Voters and the Democratic Town Committee in Morris. An avid reader, she belonged to two book clubs and had a longtime interest in nature and wildlife.
Joan will be remembered for her pioneering nursing work in the early days of The Connecticut Hospice.
Due to the current pandemic services will be held at a later date.
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Mary Tetreault

Posted at 09:51am
Joan and I were in a book group together and a writing group. She was a dear, sweet lady. She often talked about the time she spent in Arizona and life out there. I can still picture her describing the place she lived! We had lunches and many phone chats - about her family and the birds outside her window. I remember how she enjoyed working in her flower garden and making applesauce by the quart to share. My sympathy goes out to her family and my thanks to her care givers and neighbors. Sadly, Mary

Posted at 06:52am
I knew Joan from nursing school as well as living in Litchfield, CT and also as coworkers at Sharon Hospital. She was a one of a kind supreme nurse and human. I know how devoted she was to each and every patient she cared for. Enjoyed every moment I shared with her through the early years of nursing. I extend my deepest sympathy to Becky and Susie.

Sandy Sanford

Posted at 02:16pm
I met Joan while we both were volunteering at Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry. We eventually became friends. Joan was wonderfully straight forward and you knew that what you she said was what she really thought. My friend Sally and I used to go to Morris and have lunch. Even though these get togethers weren’t frequent I’m going to miss her. Rest in peace my friend.

Posted at 10:10am
Joan was a remarkable person. She Was constantly Involved in good works despite turmoil in her private life. And no matter the state of her own health moved forward reaching out to others whenever possible. I am sending deepest sympathy from the Briggs Family
Most sincerely, Joyce

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