Joan McGrath Williams

February 23, 1932 ~ December 19, 2019 (age 87)


Born in Norwich, CT, Mrs. Williams was the daughter of the late Charles and Blanche (LaCombe) McGrath.  She was married to Donald E. Williams, who survives her, on August 9, 1952.

Joan graduated from the Norwich Free Academy in 1949 and the Norwich Commercial School in 1950.   

Mrs. Williams was employed by Eastern Savings and Loan, Inc. right out of high school, also worked in the office of Dr. William V. Wener. Her last employment was as assistant librarian for the Norwich Board of Education for 16 years. She also enjoyed reading, flower gardening and travel.

In addition to her husband Donald, she is survived by two sons,  Donald E. “Nick” Williams Jr., his wife Laura and grandchildren Brenna, Chandler and his wife Maria and great granddaughters Adriana and Aubree, Katelyn and Grace of FL and son Thomas W. Williams, his wife Paige of Wellington, FL and grandchildren Luke and Jessica of Westerly, RI

She is survived by five brothers, Robert McGrath and wife Ann of Norwich, Clement McGrath and wife Lesley of Colchester, Eugene McGrath and wife Judith of Stuart, FL, William McGrath and wife Nui of Cape Coral, FL, and Richard McGrath and wife Jacqueline of Warwick, RI.  Five sisters, Rita Schneider and husband Marvin of Michigan, Ann Arseneault and husband Arnold of Norwich, Elizabeth Girard and husband Paul of Bozrah, Claire Generoux and husband Paul of Rocky Hill, Catherine Rowe and husband Wayne of Tiverton, R.I. and many nieces and nephews.

Also her dear sisters-in-law Jacqueline Hylton of St. Louis, MO, Dolores McGrath of Westbrook, CT and Dale Kampfer of Uncasville, CT, and brother-in-law Edward Gladue and wife Kay of Ledyard, CT.

She was predeceased by two brothers, Charles McGrath Jr. of Westbrook, CT, Thomas McGrath of Uncasville, CT and two sisters, Eileen Gladue of Ledyard and Mother Mary Luke of Baltic, CT.

She was a lifelong member of Sts Peter and Paul Church and a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Couples Club and AARP 1004.

Calling hours will be Wednesday January 1, 2020 from 5 to 7 PM at the Cummings-Gagne Funeral Home 82 Cliff St. Norwich, CT.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday January 2, 2020 at 11 AM at the Sts. Peter and Paul Church 181 Elizabeth St. Norwich, CT with burial to follow in St. Joseph Cemetery in Norwich.

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January 1, 2020

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Cummings - Gagne Funeral Home
82 Cliff St.
Norwich, CT 06360

Mass of Christian Burial
January 2, 2020

11:00 AM
Sts. Peter & Paul Church
181 Elizabeth Street
Norwich, CT 06360

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