Joan Kelly Spitzschuh

  • Born: April 13, 1938
  • Died: September 8, 2016
  • Location: Deep River, Connecticut

Robinson, Wright & Weymer

34 Main St
Centerbrook, CT 06409
Tel. (860) 767-8000

Tribute & Message From The Family

Joan Kelly Spitzschuh, 78, passed away Thursday, September 8, 2016. She was born in New Haven on April 13, 1938 and raised in Hamden as the oldest of six girls. Joan graduated from Hamden High School and subsequently Southern CT State University. She was a much loved kindergarten teacher for many years at Deep River Elementary School and also worked at Whelen Engineering. Joan was known for her kind spirit and gentle soul. Nary a complaint passed her lips. She was predeceased by her parents Edward and Marion Kelly, nephew Charlie Santanello, brother- in- law's Fezzy Evans and Paul Mullen and sister- in- law Florence Gianelli and husband Lee. She is survived by her soul mate and husband of 56 years, William (Bill) Spitzschuh and grandson Billy, both of Deep River. She is also survived by her daughter, Cindy Stannard, husband Larry (Salem, CT) granddaughter, Kelly Stannard (Boston, MA), her son Bill Spitzschuh, wife Suzzane and grandchildren Sam and Libby Spitzschuh (Centerbrook, CT). Additional surviving family members include all five of her sisters: Eileen and Tom Ney (Venice, FL), Doreen and John Santanello (East Haven, CT), Beverly Mullen (Northford, CT), Sharon Brown (Wallingford, CT) Gail and Bob Benson (Bluffton, SC), sister- in- law Sheila Connelly (Guilford, CT) and cousin-in-law- Darlene Tamberino, and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 11:00AM at the Robinson, Wright and Weymer Funeral Home, 34 Main Street in Centerbrook. Following the visitation there will be a 1:00PM funeral service at the Deep River Congregational Church with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers donations, please perform a kind task in her honor.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Bill,
I'm so sorry for your loss.
Please know that God loves you and will comfort you.

Posted by Fran Phinney - Friend   September 13, 2016


Posted by EDWARD & ANNETTE PIERPONT - DEEP RIVER, CT   September 13, 2016

Posted by ED, ANNETTE PIERPONT - DEEP RIVER, CT   September 13, 2016

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by Francene b - Salem, CT   September 13, 2016

Bill. Bev and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. We are away so will not be at the service. You have our thoughts and prayers.

Jack & Bev

Posted by Jack Coulter - Deep river, CT - Friend   September 13, 2016

Dear Bill, Billy, and Cindy,
We were very sorry to learn of Joan's death in church on Sunday. I'm sure you all feel the loss deeply. Please know we pray for your family and hope you can rest in the comfort of our Lord's welcoming arms.
Peace be with you all,
Pam and Ron Garner

Posted by A friend   September 12, 2016

Please accept our condolences in this trying time.

Posted by Keith & Marie Dumanine - Sterling, CT - Friend   September 12, 2016


My deepest condolences to Uncle Billy, Cindy, Little Billy and to the rest of the family. May Aunt Joan be at rest now and forever.

Posted by Kevin Benson - Family   September 12, 2016

Dear Cindy and Family our hearts are saddened by the loss of your mom ,a very kind and loving person she will be missed
We hope you find solace and peace knowing you mom is at peace and resting in the arms of the Angels .

To our Brotherinlaw Bill you have our deepest sympathy for your loss of your wife and soulmate.these are difficult times but the strength of love and family will guide you through this

Love John and Doreen. God Bless

Posted by Doreen & John Santanello - EastHaven, CT - Family   September 11, 2016

Bill, so sorry to hear of yourloss. We have to cherish each day that we had and love those close to us.

Posted by Donald Holland - Essex, CT - Friend   September 10, 2016

Joan was instantly beloved by our entire family when we first met 50 plus years ago. She will be sorely missed---until we meet again.

Posted by Thomas Kearney - Sarasota, FL - Family   September 10, 2016