N. Grosvenordale – Joan (Joyal) Martel, 81, of Riverside Drive, died Sunday, March 1, 2015. She was the loving wife of the late Lucien Martel. Born in Burlington, VT, she was the daughter of the late Hilaire and Blanche (Rousseau) Joyal.
Mrs. Martel graduated Valedictorian of St. Joseph High School in N. Grosvenordale. She was a very devoted Catholic and was very active for St. Joseph Church volunteering on the Parish Council as well as many other activities. She was an accomplished musician who enjoyed playing the piano. She also enjoyed completing crossword puzzles. She was especially kind and helpful to everyone and lovingly adored her grandchildren.
Joan is survived by her son, Robert Martel and his wife Nancy of Ellington, CT; her brothers, John Paul Joyal of Thompson, and Leo Joyal of Pomfret; her sisters, Theresa Guertin of Putnam, Cecile Bellerive of Putnam, Lucille Farrell of Dayville, and Rachel Ladyka of N. Grosvenordale; her granddaughters, Heather Parrott and her husband Rob of Vernon, Kristen Martel of Ellington, Kelsey Martel of Vernon, and Katelyn Martel of Ellington; her great grandsons, Robby Parrott, and Shawn Parrott; her special niece, Linda Plaza- Cassidy; and many other nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, Joan is predeceased by her brother, the late Willie Joyal.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Joan’s family from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2015 in the Valade Funeral Home, 23 Main St., N. Grosvenordale. A gathering will begin in the funeral home Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. in St. Joseph Church, 18 Main St., N. Grosvenordale, CT. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph Church. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.