1938 – 2017
Putnam – Joan Eileen (Gaudreau) Kacerik, 78, of Putnam passed away April 21, 2017. Joan was born on September 8, 1938 in Putnam, daughter of the late Raymond and Marie (Paris) Gaudreau. Joan was the loving wife of Stephen Kacerik Jr. for 59 years.
Joan and Steve married on February 1, 1958, and shortly after moved to Germany where Steve was stationed in the Army. Joan loved her time spent in Europe, and made many lifelong friends while there. They returned to Putnam where they made their home for nearly 60 years. Besides raising a family, Joan worked part-time as a caregiver for local families. Joan had a beautiful spirit inside and out, and brought her fun-loving nature, love of music, and wonderful sense of humor to those around her. Above all, her devotion and love for her family was the hallmark of her life. Joan was truly adored and admired by all of her children, grandchildren, sisters, friends, and extended family. She will be remembered for her warmth, kindness, and consistent support for all those she loved.
In addition to her husband, she leaves her beloved family: Christine Beausoleil (Michael), Stephen Kacerik III, and John Kacerik (Amy), all of Pomfret Center; and Mark Kacerik (Mary Claire) of Oxford, CT.; grandchildren Megan (David) Haggett, Laura Beausoleil, Thomas, Nathan, and Joshua Kacerik, Victoria and Emily Kacerik, Jackson, Jude and Olivia Kacerik; and great-grandchildren Alexia, Damien, Camden and Kinsley. She also leaves her sister Sandra (Richard) Dery of Putnam, and her lifelong friend and “third sister” Pauline Miller. She was predeceased by her sister Linda Hardell.
Relatives and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian burial at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, 2017 in St. Mary Church of the Visitation, 218 Providence St., Putnam, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Day Kimball Hospital Oncology Department, P.O. Box 632, Putnam, CT 06260. The Gilman and Valade Funeral Home & Crematory have been entrusted with arrangements. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com
1938 – 2017