Joan Guettinger

Family and friends mourn the passing of Joan Guettinger, who passed away on August 26, 2011.

Joan Guettinger was born in New York City on July 4, 1932, to Edwin and Lillian Janecek. The family moved in 1940 to Eastchester, New York, where Joan spent her youth. Upon graduation from Eastchester High School in 1950, Joan attended Syracuse University, where she graduated with a degree in Economics. While at Syracuse, Joan became a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority. Upon graduation from Syracuse in 1954, Joan began a career in education, teaching at the grammar school level, and eventually utilized those teaching skills with the New York Telephone Company as a Program Manager.

In 1968 Joan wed Ernest Guettinger. Together they built a home in Cutchogue, New York, where they resided for many years. Joan and Ernie were mainstays in the Vermont skiing community of Manchester, where they owned several properties over the years. Committed boating and water enthusiasts, they enjoyed their Cutchogue home complete with dock space for their boats. Both were active in sports that included not only skiing and water sports, but golf. They were active members of Island’s End Country Club, where Joan achieved two holes-in-one of which she was extremely proud.

Upon the sudden passing of her husband, Ernest, in 2004, Joan moved from their Cutchogue home to Peconic Landing, a senior citizen residential community. Before her incapacitation due to dementia, Joan was an active member of the Peconic Landing community, taking interest in many of the social and community events. Always the gadabout, Joan was like the Mayor of Peconic Landing until her dementia became an increasing burden on her abilities.

Joan is survived by her brother, Robert, his wife, Sue, and their two children, Kim and Robert Jr., of Dana Point, California. It was Joan’s wish to be cremated and to have her remains remanded to her brother’s custody for interment. There are no services scheduled. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation in her name. Arrangements were entrusted to DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Homes.


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