In Memory of




Obituary for Joan Durdan Montgomery

Joan Durdan Montgomery, 72, of Litchfield, Connecticut passed peacefully into eternal rest with her loving children by her side on January 8th, 2022 after a year-long battle with cancer.

Born in Buffalo, NY on December 18, 1949 to Catharine (Middleton) and William Durdan Jr, Joan spent the majority of her childhood living in Simsbury, Connecticut, where she later lived and raised her children. She spent many summers throughout her life vacationing on Cape Cod with her family, spending long days at the beach and making endless trips for ice cream. Joan graduated with an Associate’s degree in Science from Cazenovia College in 1970. Joan split her professional life across two careers. She spent many years in the restaurant business where she held many titles, including server, bartender and manager. She also worked in healthcare where she served as an office manager, bookkeeper, receptionist, medical secretary and transcriptionist. She was always fascinated with medicine, and spent six years as an EMT as well. She also earned her medical assistant certificate from American Institute in West Hartford, CT. Joan loved animals (especially her sweet kitty Riley), country music, and women’s basketball.

She is predeceased by her father, William Durdan, Jr., sisters Cynthia and Susan, and her husband, Bruce Montgomery.

She is survived by her children, Stephanie (Brian) Rousseau of Littleton, MA and Geoffrey (Paige) of West Hartford, CT, four beautiful grandchildren Hadleigh and Makenna Rousseau and William and Rowan Kraft, her mother Catharine M. Howell of Hendersonville, NC, her sister Judy Durdan (Tom Samson) of Trinity, FL, her step-mother Judi Durdan of Tarpon Springs, FL, nieces Shawna (Wesley) Santos and Chelsea Blanchard and a few close friends.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, January 14th at Trinity Episcopal Church in Tariffville, CT. Due to limited seating, all guests must RSVP at funeral home link below to attend and facemasks are required in church. Burial to follow at Simsbury Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joan’s name to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111. Please visit Joan’s Book of Memories at to RSVP to the service or watch the livestream, and for online tributes.