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“John,The Polonchek family is in our thoughts and prayers.Ron & Louise ”
1 of 8 | Posted by: Ron & Louise Miller - Stillwater, OK

“I was very sad to hear about the loss of Joan. My condolences go out to her family and friends. Joan was always such a kind lady . She never had...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Pattie Romano - North Easton, MA

“Dear Jeanna and Robin, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. I keep waiting for her to come to the dining room. I am so glad I had the chance to...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Susan Roscoe - South Easton, MA

“My aunt Joan will always hold a treasured place in my heart.I can remember visiting her home in Dublin, California as a child growing up.She made...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Eve Hladky - St. Augustine, FL

“I remember all of my fondest experiences in life growing up together with my dear cousin Joan. Our trips together to New Hampshire and Alton and...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Arline Lay - St. Augustine, FL

“I just wanted to send my condolences. Your parents were special people ! ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: John Hannah - Blountsville, AL

“We remember Jo-Ann as a friend and table mate at her final homeThe Residence here in North Easton. She shared many stories ofHer life as a football...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Marian and Jack Whelton - MA

“Very fond memories of my Aunt Joan and family. I can hear her unique voice saying "Now Sarabeth, tell me about your Mother--Or Bodgy- or Johnny. Her...Read More »
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EASTON—- Helen Joan Polonchek, 89, passed away on October 11, 2017 after a long and courageous journey. She was born October 6, 1928, in Brunswick, Maine and was the daughter of John Alexander and Arline Cunningham. After her mother's untimely death when Joan was an infant, she and her older sister Caroline were raised by her father and stepmother, Lois Parker Cunningham. She graduated from Scarborough High School in Scarborough, Maine. She became a registered nurse after graduating from nursing school at what is now Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. She worked at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and New England Baptist Hospital in Boston before joining the United States Air Force. Joan was stationed at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington D.C. where she met her loving husband of 59 years, John Polonchek. One of the highlights of her distinguished career was being selected as a personal nurse for the late General Hoyt Vandenberg, Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force at the end of his life. Following her nursing career, Joan became a career football spouse, moving with John and their family to many parts of the country, where she created homes from coast to coast. As PTA President, Room Mother, Visiting Nurse or Welcome Wagon Ambassador, her warmth and hospitality were well known by many. Her life with John also included his years as a coach for Michigan State University and the University of Colorado, and reaching the 1962 Orange Bowl (Colorado); being part of Al Davis' efforts to create the new American Football League (AFL); sitting in the stands and witnessing the famous 'Heidi' game between the Oakland Raiders and the New York Jets; competing in Super Bowl II (Oakland Raiders) and Super Bowl XX (New England Patriots); and being a member of the New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League (USFL). Over the course of John's fifty plus year winning football career, she and John were fortunate to have worked with a number of Hall of Fame coaches and players. She and John retired to Meredith, NH to enjoy family and friends and to travel the country and world. She was preceded in death by her husband John, sister Caroline Cunningham Allen, and brother Robert Cott. She is survived by her son, John Polonchek of Tulsa, OK and his wife Amy and family; daughter Jennifer Ferreira and her husband John Ferreira of Greenville, SC and her family; and daughter Jeanna Polonchek of Taunton, MA and her spouse Robin Gaudreau; her brother William Cott of Gilford, NH and Ronnie McCullough of Old Orchard, Maine. She also leaves behind 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren, many beloved nieces and nephews, and life-long friends throughout the country.

A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017, at 11:00 AM at Holy Cross Church, 225 Purchase Street, Easton, MA, followed by Military Honors. The family will receive friends following the mass at the Holy Cross Parish Center with a luncheon to celebrate Joan's life.

Those wishing to send flowers can deliver them to the Holy Cross Church on Friday, October 20th. Or, In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Joan's memory can be made to the Concussion Legacy Foundation (Attn: Kelly Dean, 361 Newberry Street 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02115; online or to the Lakes Region Food Pantry (P.O. Box 1132, Moultonborough, NH 03254; online at