BLUFFTON - Joan Eleanor DeLude, of Bluffton died peacefully but unexpectedly at her home in Sun City on Friday, February 2nd. Mrs. DeLude was born October 29, 1932 in Brooklyn, NY to the late Marie Donovan and George Christensen.
Joan was a beloved wife, loving mother and loyal friend. She was preceded in death by Joseph DeLude, her husband, and the love of her life. Also preceded in death by George, her younger brother and only sibling. She is survived by her four children and their spouses, Stephen (Anne), Joan Marie (Mayland McKimm), Joseph (Tierney) and Michelle (Kevin Andres), fourteen grandchildren, four and a half great grandchildren, and sister in law Mary Ellen and husband Emil Gerard.
Joan welcomed adventure and embraced change with enthusiasm! Over thirty plus years, she and her children moved to many new communities supporting Joseph’s career opportunities with IBM. Joan ensured her family thrived, making nine different houses their family home. Stops included White Plains, New City and Poughkeepsie in New York, Bromont, Quebec and Toronto, Ontario in Canada and then returning to the States in Ramsey, New Jersey and Boca Raton, Florida. Joan cultivated lifelong friendships everywhere she went. She hosted Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day and countless bridge club parties at every stop along the way. Most impressively, Joan maintained relationships and contact with almost all of the friends she made. She remembered their birthdays, and continually impressed them with a card or a timely call.
Joan was the glue that kept the extended family together. Aunts, uncles or distant cousins, she cherished and valued her family. Selflessly caring for aging family members, she always thought of others first. Her fourteen grandchildren, and four great grandchildren were a great source of pride and the beneficiaries of her generosity. Every birthday was remembered, Christmas was a joy, and don’t forget Easter and Valentine’s day! The US Postal Service will have to raise their rates to make up for our loss.
While Joan balanced school, sports and family activities over her life, she also found time to work outside the home. Joan had a long career in the dental field. She was an integral part of many dental practices over the years.
Joan and Joseph selected their final home and ultimately most supportive community in 1996 when moving to Sun City, Bluffton, SC. They became dedicated members of the newly established St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, sang in the choir and served as Eucharistic ministers and sacristans. They were founding members of the Sun City Chorus. Joan greatly enjoyed preparation, performing and the chorus community. They thoroughly enjoyed, golfing, bridge, square dancing and the supportive environment. Her many friends and RAZ neighbors were a blessing and constant source of support, joy and camaraderie. This was especially evident after Joseph’s passing in 2001. Our family will eternally be grateful to the St. Gregory the Great and Sun City Communities for their unconditional love and endless support.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 am Friday, February 9th at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church. Burial will be at Beaufort National Cemetery at noon. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 pm at St. Andrew Hall on Pinckney Colony Road. Visitation will be Thursday February 8th from 5 to 7 pm at Saul’s Funeral Home, Bluffton. A Prayer service will be held at 6:30pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church.
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