July 9, 1936 ~ December 21, 2020

Born in: New Haven, CT
Resided in: Hamden, CT

Joan K. (Sheard) Gargano, 84, wife of 64 years to Joseph C. Gargano of Hamden, passed away at her home on December 21, 2020. Born in New Haven July 9, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Louise (Camputaro) Sheard. Beloved mother of Kathy (Ronald) Bodle of Guilford, Edward (Maria) Gargano of North Haven, Mark (Leslie) Gargano of Brandon, Florida, and James (Jena) Gargano of Hamden. Grandmother of David (Chi), Edward  Jr., Joseph, Matthew, Natalie, Jazzmine, and Jesse Gargano. She also leaves her cherished dog, Buddy, and many nieces and nephews. Joan was predeceased by her two brothers, Robert R. Sheard and Thomas “Rabbit” Sheard.

A resident of Hamden for most of her life, Joan was a gifted ceramics artist and ran her own studio, Joan-Kathryn Ceramics. She later worked as a nurse for Dr. Enrico Khu’s office. Joan loved and was so very proud of her grandchildren; they were her pride and joy. She passed away during her favorite holiday season, Christmas, which she always made special for her family and friends. She truly loved helping those in need and would easily give you the shirt off her back.

Friends may visit with her family Thursday, December 24th from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden, and are invited to attend her Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Whitney Ave., Hamden. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, North Haven. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Joan’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org.

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Visitation: December 24, 2020 8:30 - 9:30 am

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service - Hamden
2300 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518

203-288-0800
www.beecherandbennett.com

Mass of Christian Burial: December 24, 2020 10:00 am

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church
2819 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518

20-248-0141

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  1. My heart is saddened to hear about Joan’s passing. She was a caring wonderful lady. I remember going to the house this time of the year and amazed at how she decorated for Christmas, it was fun for all the kids and we looked forward to going. It’s difficult any time you loss someone and this time of the year even more so. I hope the happy memories you have help you through this difficult time. God Bless you all and may she RIP xo

  2. My heart breaks with the rest of our family. I am with you all in spirit. May God comfort you all today as you say goodbye to Mom. I love her and thank her for everything, especially all the memories we created together. ❤

  3. Kathy and family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. May your find joyful, loving memories of your mom be brought to life today and everyday thereafter.

    My condolences ~

    Jennifer DeBaise

  4. TO THE GARGANO FAMILY: MY SINCEREST CONDOLENCES FOR YOUR LOSS. JOAN WAS A WONDERFUL , CARING PERSON WHO WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED.

  5. Kathy and Family,

    We are so terribly sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to you. Your Mom was always so wonderful to us.

    Jeanne

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