Joanne Therese (Pawlikowski) Blair, 79, of Hamden, passed away at CT Hospice on July 25, 2015 with family by her side. Born in New Haven on October 27, 1935 to the late Frank Pawlikowski and A. Esther Romanik Pawlikowski Reiber. Joanne was the beloved wife of Edward Blair of Hamden; mother of, Karen (George III) Jahn of Hamden, Sharon (Dean) Cerasoli of North Haven, Michelle Blair (Allison Butterfield) of Marlborough, MA, Edward T. Blair, Jr of Jupiter, FL; grandmother of, Elizabeth, Stephen (Kimberly), & George Jahn IV, Kyle & Tucker Ahlers, Benjamin & Emily Cerasoli; sister of F. William (Patricia) Pawlikowski, step-sister of, Barbara & Carl Reiber; mother-in-law of, Jerry Petri. Joanne was predeceased by her daughter, Cynthia Blair; brother, Robert Pawlikowski; step-father, Carl F. Reiber. A graduate of Wilbur Cross High School Joanne received a B.A. from Albertus Magnus and a Master's degree from Southern Connecticut State University. She was a Juvenile Probation Officer for the State of Connecticut for over 20 years. In her retirement she was a reading tutor volunteer in several area programs. She had a variety of interests, including religion, politics, concerts, live theater, playing bridge, gardening, daily walking, hiking, and cross country skiing. She was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Above all, she was especially proud of and loved her children and grandchildren. Friends are invited to visit with her family on Thursday, July 30th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden. A Memorial Mass will be Celebrated on Friday Morning at 10:00 a.m. in St. Stephen's Church. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Joanne's memory may be sent to Alzheimer's Association, CT Chapter, 200 Executive Boulevard, Suit 4B, Southington, CT 06489 or American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or Clelian Adult Day Care, 261 Benham St, Hamden, CT 06514 Attention: Sister Cecelia Scaduto or St. Stephen's Church, 400 Ridge Rd, Hamden, CT 06517.

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  1. My condolences to the Blair family, she was a wonderful intelligent women who loved her famiy dearly.The success of her children and grandchildren is due to the love and faith that she had.I am sure she faught this disease until the end.

    Sherry and I went to SHA together and I spent many days hanging out at the backyard pool.

    Jane Kelleher Corda

  2. Joanne was an associate editor of Today\’s American Catholic for many years, during which her insightful comments did much to enrich the publication. It was a privilege to serve as editor and benefit from her wisdom during the last years of her tenure with the paper.

    Denise Stankovics, Editor

    Today\’s American Catholic

  3. Dear Ed and family,

    I want to express my deepest sympathy on your loss. Joanne was a remarkable woman and she was so fortunate to have you all supporting and assisting her during

    this last phase of her life. Unfortunately, I will be unable to join you on Thursday and Friday due to my work travel schedule but know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. May your deep faith, your cherished memories and abiding love sustain you during this period of sadness.

    Much love,

    Cousin Donald

  4. Doreen Mosko

    Ed, my heart and prayers go out to you at this time. You were the best caregiver possible. You did everything possible to enhance her life. You are an inspiration to us all. I am sorry that we can’t attend the services. We are out of town. We will be there in spirit.

    Love and prayers to you and your family.

    God Bless You.

  5. Ed: My deepest sympathy to you and your family during this difficult time. It was my pleasure to have met you at our support group. You were always an inspiration to the group with your loving care of your wife. You were both blessed to have each other. May she rest in peace.

    Peace be with you all.

    Vivian Orie

  6. Karen, May you and your family find strength and comfort in the prayers and support you receive from your friends and each other. Keep those Precious Memories of your Mom close to your heart, they are more precious than gold. Darlene & George Gost and Candyce

  7. Our thoughts and prayers go out the the Blair famly during this very difficult time. Keep all of those beautiful memories close to your heart. Barbara and David Nelson and family.

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