In Memoriam: Joan D. Small, 1928-2022

Mrs. Small was with Congdon & Coleman Agency for 32 years

Joan D. Small, 93 (less than 94 months) of Nantucket, died July 7, 2022. Joan was born August 2, 1928, in Yonkers, New York, to John V. and Mary E. DelBene. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in Yonkers with the highest honors in technical education. She then decided to attend The Katherine Gibbs School in New York City, where she also excelled in all programs.

Joan D. Small

He was employed by Eastern Gas & Fuel Associates in New York as a Secretary to the District Manager.

Joan came to Nantucket with friends for summer vacation in the late 1940’s and fell in love with the island – a stark contrast to city life. He met Arnold “Ossie” Jr. The couple got married on May 28, 1950, at St. In the following years he served as a Minister of the Eucharist at Mass.

He worked for Norman P. Giffin in the freight office of the Steamship Authority until he left to start a family. He tells you that a picture of him with others in the baggage department is in the manager’s office.

He was employed by Congdon & Coleman Insurance Agency for 32 years in the Commercial Property and Casualty Department and was previously a secretary to Robert D. Congdon and Henry B. Coleman.

Joan was a member of the Corporation of Nantucket Cottage Hospital, where she was a longtime volunteer at the Nurses’ Station, earning her 1,000 hour pin in September 1987 and “retired” in 1999. She also volunteered at summer Pops concerts for many years and at Health Fairs. .

He was a member of the Nantucket Center for Elder Affairs and as a director, he chaired the Spring and Christmas Mall Fund-raising Committee, the Yankee Magazine fund-raiser, the Saltmarsh Building expansion committee, and the John Buttrick Concerts.

Joan was also a volunteer at St. Mary’s Church. Mary’s in the summer and winter markets. In the summer he first volunteered at the plant table, then became its chairman.

He was a volunteer at Elder Services of Cape Cod & the Islands, serving for 25 years at their Church Dinner Program held at the Saltmarsh Senior Center and then in their office at the Landmark House on Orange Street.

Joan was a member of the Nantucket Historical Association, a Friend of the Atheneum, and the Nantucket Conservation Foundation. He was the Incorporator of Nantucket Community Services, Inc. (Landmark House).

He enjoyed reading, gardening when he could, (hydrangeas), watching the Red Sox, spending time with his friends and most of all, spending time with his family. She enjoys spending time with her three grandchildren on Cape Cod, especially continuing the family Christmas tradition.

She was predeceased by her husband of 47 years and her brother John V. DelBene. She is survived by her son Robert and his wife Sharon of Westminster, MA, her daughter Cheryl Cooke and her husband James of Yarmouth Port, MA, her daughter Debra Jarvis and her husband Lowell of Weymouth, MA, her grandson James Cooke and his wife. Katie is survived by her great grandson Liam of Dennis, Ma, her nieces Lauren Cooke of Wayland, MA and Sarah Cooke of Bellingham, MA and her sister Jacqueline Faber of Boca Raton, FL.

In 2016 Joan moved to Maplewood at Mayflower Place in West Yarmouth to be closer to her family. Her family is grateful to the Mayflower care staff for providing Joan with supportive care. In 2019 Joan’s “women” from Cape Codder Home Care entered her life. Joan’s family is forever grateful for having a devoted friend and the constant care she provided. Thanks again to Continuum Hospice and Palliative Care.

Arrangements under the direction of Chapman Funerals & Cremations-Yarmouth, Ma. A funeral mass will be held at St. Mary, Our Lady of the Isle Church, Nantucket in September. Burial will be in the Small Family Plot at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Nantucket.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Elder Services, 144 Orange Street, Nantucket, MA 02554 – their Congregate Breakfast or Meals on Wheels program.

Comfort and respect can be left to Mrs. Small on her tribute wall at Chapman Funeral Home website.