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880 Hopmeadow Street
P.O. Box 335
Simsbury, CT 06070
Phone: 860-658-7613
Fax: 860-651-0476
Joan Chamberlain

Joan Chamberlain

March 29, 2019
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Joan Louise (Kuchta) Chamberlain, 65, of Manchester, beloved wife of John A. Chamberlain, died Friday, March 29, 2019 at Hartford Hospital. She was born September 25, 1953 in Hartford, daughter of the late George and Gertrude Marie (Weaving) Kuchta and had lived in New Hartford prior to moving to Manchester 27 years ago. Joan was a graduate Northwestern Regional # 7 High School, Class of 1971 and had received her Associates Degree in Mechanical Drafting from Lear Seigler Institute in Silver Springs, MD. Joan spent 44 years in Aviation Engineering, most recently with Quest Global Services at UTC Aerospace Systems. She loved spending summer on the lake in Vermont, kayaking, swimming, birdwatching and often read in the shade on sunny afternoons and spent her evenings playing Petanque with many of her friends.
In addition to her husband of 40 years, she is survived by her son, John Chamberlain, Jr. of Manchester, her two brothers, George Kuchta and his wife Anne Marie of Granby and Charlie Kuchta and his partner Fran Milette of Barkhamsted; a sister, Heidi Kuchta and her partner Kirt Fielosh of Plainville; a brother-in-law, Steven Clifford of Canton, OH; sister-in-law, Mary Udall and her husband and Ken of Willington, CT and her nieces and nephews, Zachary Fielosh of Plainville, Brian and Jenna Kuchta of North Providence, RI, Heidi, Ruth, Robert and Paul Clifford of Canton, OH and Emily Udall of New York, NY. She was predeceased by a sister, Cheryl Clifford.
There are no calling hours. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 6th at the Christ Community Church, 7 South Street in Collinsville. Burial will follow in the Village Cemetery in New Hartford. Memorial donations may be made to Christ Community Church, 7 South Street, Collinsville CT 06019. The Vincent Funeral Home of Canton is caring for the arrangements. Please visit Joan’s “Book of Memories” at for online tributes.
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    April 6, 2019 | 11:00am
    April 6, 2019 11:00am
    Collinsville Congregational Church
    7 South Street
    Collinsville, CT 06022
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Heidi Kuchta

Posted at 07:34pm
Happy Mother's Day Joan. Miss you. Love your little sis Heidi

Heidi Kuchta

Posted at 07:15pm
Heidi Kuchta. Joan was my sister and also a close friend. I still can't believe she"s gone. I have so many fond memories of our years together. She was a friend, a mentor, and someone I always looked up to. She knew me better than most. She knew what bothered me and she knew what made me happy. I miss her beautiful smile and her contagious laughter. We spent several New Years eve's together and would watch the Manchester fireworks display from her back deck every fourth of July. We would go and pick out the perfect Christmas tree at Dzen's Christmas tree farm. My heart is sad and my soul is missing a happy piece. She will live forever in my heart and the happy memories we had together will never fade. My life was a better place because of my special sister being psrt of it. I know I have an angel above looking down on me and that gives me peace. Forever in my heart Joan you will never be forgotten. Your little sis Heidi

Hilary Adams

Posted at 06:57am
Joan and I were best friends all through Jr and high school. After my mom died, I don't think I'd have made it without her. We had so much fun playing cards at my house and talking on the phone for hours. We lived together for several years after we both graduated from college. Although we drifted apart, she will always remain so very special in my heart. I am so sorry about her passing. Hilary Adams

The Duncan's

Posted at 12:47pm
With Heartfelt Sympathy to Chamberlain Family, May you rely on the God of all comfort to help you to endure the days ahead.

"God is our refuge and strength" (Psalms 46:1)

Angela Rich

Posted at 05:10am
I have so many memories of Joan. We met at Coleco In the mid 1970’s and the day I met Joan she was wearing a white dress with yellow flowers. Joan had her Joan hairdo back then and her bright sunny charm and personality came through and through. We quickly became friends. We worked in the same department along with another lady called Joanie and we just loved our time together working for Ed Greenberg along with Dick Housman and Lee. Our friendship expanded to other coworkers Giselle and Vicki and the four of us would go to lunch. Our lunchtimes were let’s say quite the event. We had a fun time and would grab something and go to Elizabeth Park, the Prospect Cafe or go over to Vicki’s house. We were just four girls in our twenties having a fun time. I got to know Joan and Jack so well I felt Joan was a sister friend. Joan and Jack helped me move, and we had the best of times probably going to our pilgrimage to see our dearest love at the time Steve Martin. We roared with laughter. After I left Coleco in 1981 our friendship continued over the years, weddings, baby showers, birthday parties and we were always brought together for these events, In later years Joan and I spent New Years Day together, it was a perfect start to the year. We would go out to lunch or I would make lunch. New Years Day will not be the same for me ever again. I treasure my friend Joan, her roarest laughter, her positive sunny ways, her tender friendship. I loved my friend deeply and the word has lost a wonderful person our friend Joan. God bless all whom loved her.

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