Joan C. Behrend
July 10, 1931 - October 26, 2011
Joan Carol Behrend, a long-time resident of Skaneateles, died on Monday Sept. 26, 2011, at her home. She was 80. The cause of death was complications from Parkinson’s disease.
Born Joan Carol Belcher on July 10, 1931, in Manchester, CT, she graduated from Manchester High School in 1949, where she was captain of the cheerleading squad and participated in choir, swimming, basketball, bowling, French club and various art and community service groups. In 1952, she completed her nursing studies and later worked at Hartford Hospital and in a medical office.
She married Donald Fraser Behrend in Connecticut in 1957. They were married for more than 52 years. In 1959 the couple left Connecticut for Ohio and soon after that moved to Newcomb in the Adirondack Mountains. In Newcomb, Joan supported Donald in his work as a wildlife biologist and director at the Huntington Wildlife Research Forest operated by the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry. In 1973, the couple moved to Skaneateles, where Joan supported Donald in his new role as an academic administrator at SUNY-ESF and continued raising their three sons. They left Skaneateles for Alaska in 1985, where Donald worked for the University of Alaska. Following their retirement, Joan and Donald returned to Skaneateles in 2006.
In the 1970s and 1980s, Joan was involved in many auxiliary activities on the SUNY-ESF campus, fundraising for the inaugural seasons of the Skaneateles High School Lacrosse team and singing in the Marcellus Chorale. She enjoyed arts and crafts, antiques, music and outdoor activities such as bird watching, berry-picking and hiking. She traveled extensively throughout the Pacific Rim with Donald in conjunction with his work for the University of Alaska, in Scotland and throughout the United States. She will be fondly remembered for her sense of humor, nurturing personality and devotion to her family.
She was predeceased by her husband in July 2010. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law Andrew Fraser Behrend and Catherine Behrend of Anchorage, Alaska; Eric Hemingway Behrend and Sherry Haffenden-Behrend of Canoga Park, Calif.; and David William Behrend and Aileen Droughton of Lincroft, N.J. She is also survived by three beloved grandchildren, Anna, Joseph and Charlotte.
A memorial remembrance and a celebration of life will be held at a time and place to be announced. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Behrend’s name may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018, pdf.org. To send condolences visit: robertdgrayfuneralhome.com