Joan E. Prussia, 94, of Northborough


Joan E. PrussiaNorthborough – In the early hours of Saturday, December 30, 2023, Joan E. Prussia passed away in her sleep; she was 94 years old. Joan was born in Hartford, Connecticut, one of three children to Gilbert and Jane (O’Connell) Walton.

Surviving Joan are her three children, Christine Prussia of Haines, Florida, Donna Western and her husband Trevor of Sudbury, Massachusetts, and William Prussia of Lebanon, Connecticut; five grandchildren, Christopher Western and his wife Michelle, Heather Sullivan and her husband James, Aaron Gerry and his fiancé Ana Marija Strmlijan, Hannah Gerry and Nathan Gerry; three great-grandchildren, Holland Western, August and Woodrow Sullivan. Joan was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, James E. Prussia in 1986, as well as a sister, Elizabeth Walton and her brother Gilbert Walton.

In her younger years, Joan focused on caring for her family and home in Amston Lake, Connecticut. She and James adopted their children from the orphanage of Our Lady of Lourdes located Yokohama, Japan. Over the years, Joan would also open her home to assist over 20 foster children, providing them all the love and support they needed.

Joan was an accomplished classic pianist. In addition, for many years, she and James were dog breeders, focusing on Collies and Boxers. After James’ death, Joan relocated to Ocala, Florida where she resided for 20 years to be nearer to her daughter, Christine. She then returned to Connecticut for a short while to be near her son, William before her final move to Massachusetts, her assisted living arrangement at the Coleman House of Northborough, where she was able to be near her daughter, Donna.

A funeral home service will held at 5PM on Wednesday, January 3, 2024, at Hays Funeral Home, 56 Main Street, Northborough. Private interment will take place later in the State Veterans Cemetery, Middletown, Connecticut.

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