Joan's Story

SOLDIER POND - Joan Edith (Pelletier) St.Amant passed on to her eternal heavenly home surrounded by her loving family on February 21, 2015 in Fort Kent, She was born on March 9, 1945, in St. John, the daughter of Louis and the late Ethel (O'Leary) Pelletier of Allagash.

She is now finally at peace and has happily joined her dear Mother who passed on before her. She is survived by her loving husband, Richard, who cared for every need right to the very end, and her two amazing children, the loves of her life, Dr. Kirk St.Amant and Dr. Shannon St.Amant. She is also survived by her daughter-in-law, Dori, and two sweet granddaughters whom Gram Joan adored, her angels on earth, Lily St.Amant and Isabelle St.Amant.

She also leaves behind her beloved, elderly father, Louis Pelletier, Sr., siblings Louis, Jr., Linda, Vernon, Elaine and Cathie. Another very important person in Joan's life was her dear and loyal friend since childhood, Mary (Pelletier) Martin.

Joan was a member of the National Education Association, and the Maine Teachers Association. She grew up in Allagash, and graduated from high school there. She then attended UMFK in Fort Kent where she earned a bachelor's degree in education. She went on to teach in MSAD #27, retiring in 1998. Even after her retirement, she always continued to have a love for learning and teaching others, developing and teaching workshops for other teachers and informal classes for others wanting to learn from her.

Joan was a quiet, soft spoken person, hard working, creative, never seeking attention but always ready to help others. She was an outstanding mother and had a superb teaching career as well. Teachers often commented on the great job she did raising two wonderful children while working on a successful career at the same time, one colleague commenting "I don't know what you did, but you did it right." Students still came up to her after many years to compliment her on what a great teacher she was, how much they learned from her, and how it continued to help them in daily life.

She also loved the beaches, sunshine and warm weather in Florida, where she and her husband spent the winter months for the past several years, although Soldier Pond was always her home. She was an innovative, hard working and goal driven person, always coming up with new ideas and having the need to see things through until they were complete. She will be deeply missed by dear family and friends.

Private arrangements will be made by the immediate family. A spring burial will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Soldier Pond. Donations in Joan's memory may be made to the Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund, 194 East Main St., Fort Kent, Me. 04743. Arrangements are a service of Daigle Funeral Home, 14 East Main St., Fort Kent, Me. 04743.
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