Joan M. Whitaker, age 79, passed away at her home on December 30, 2017. Born in Winthrop, MA on July 9, 1938 she was a daughter of the late Bronislaus & Mary (Vendoloski) Siedzik. Joan was the widow of Paul E. Whitaker; mother of Theresa Rogers of Wallingford, Atty. Paul E. Whitaker & his wife Sharon of Durham and Gene Whitaker & his wife Lisa of Southington; grandmother of James (Marly) & Erik Rogers, Kasi, Shaun, Molly & Matthew Whitaker and Kira Lee Decerb; sister of Kathryn Appi of North Haven and the late John & Peter Siedzik. Joan was employed over 30 years for the downtown New Haven Savings Bank. A resident of Hamden over 50 years she was very active in the Blessed Sacrament Church. Her funeral will be held from BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden on Wednesday, Jan, 3th at 9:00 AM, followed by her Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:00 AM in the Blessed Sacrament Church, Circular Ave, Hamden. Friends may also visit with her family at the funeral home on Tuesday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Interment will take place in All Saints Cemetery, North Haven. Contributions in Joan's memory may be made to ASPCA at

View current weather.

Memories Timeline

View the Timeline


  1. I am shocked at reading about Joan’s passing. I sat with Joan at mass every Sunday. We would share our weeks happenings, and proudly talk about our granddaughters travels. I remember how happy she was when she got her car after driving the little truck. She would tell me about her fun trips to the casino, and how tired she was some Sunday mornings. I recently shared a wonderful experience with her when we attended a celebration of -Our Lady of Guatalupe – at the church! She was a sweet lady, and I will miss spending mass time with her. I still can’t believe she’s gone. Please accept my sincere condolences to the family.

  2. I was saddened to hear from Joan’s sister Kathy of her passing. My sister Nina and I grew up together with Joan and her siblings in New Haven CT. May God bless her family. -Virginia Skinner and Ed French

  3. Mom, I can’t believe you are gone so suddenly….unimaginable that I won’t be able to call you to tell you about my day any longer. You were very loved by your three children and their spouses and your seven grandchildren and you will be missed so much. I know you missed Dad and I take comfort that you are with him and Grammie, your Dad, and Jack and Pete. Life will be very different now without you, but I know you will be with me even though I won’t be able to see you, I hope to feel your presence, because you have always been there for me. I love you!

Sign the Guestbook, Light a Candle

Sign the Guestbook