Joan Emily (Ghesquiere) Cecchini, 83, passed away on January 1, 2020 at her home in Richmond, Virginia. In lieu of services, a mass in her honor will be conducted on her birthday.
Joan is survived by her husband of 64 years Walter (Walt), 2 children, Gary Cecchini and his wife Hilari, Gail Robinson and her husband Robbe. She had 3 grandchildren, Lynn Englehart, Mike Cecchini, Christina Puterbaugh and 2 great grandchildren.
Joan was born and grew up in Detroit, Michigan and is preceded in death by her father and mother, Rene and Albertha Ghesquiere, sister Sharon and brother James.
Joan attended Dominican High School in Detroit, married Walt and settled in East Detroit, Michigan (now Eastpointe). She was Mother and Grandmother extraordinaire, cheerleading coach and holder of many business administrative positions over the years. Joan and Walt enjoyed summers at their cottage at Higgins Lake, MI before retiring to Canadian Lakes (near Mount Pleasant, MI).
After many years enjoying retired life there, they made a move to Florida, first Vero Beach and then Ocala, before a recent move to Richmond to be near their children. Walt and Joan traveled extensively, made fast friends and were mainstays at all family events and gatherings.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to 9801 Harmony Woods Way, Apt. 226, Richmond, VA 23233.