Obituary of Joan M. (Barnard) Dresser

JOAN M. (BARNARD) DRESSER - in NH, November 17th at 80 years of age. Beloved wife of the late Philip Dresser. Devoted mother of Robert P. Dresser, his wife Christine of Litchfield, NH, and Jon Dresser, his wife Kim of Framingham and sadly predeceased by her two sons Philip and David Dresser. Dear sister of Janet MacDonald of Peabody, Joyce McDonald of FL, Jayne Giangrande of Woburn, Jill Posner of FL and the late Judy Fucarile. Loving "Nana" of Danielle, Amanda, Robby, Jaimilee and Mikayla and two great-grandchildren Caleb and Julia. Also survived by several loving nieces and nephews, sharing a very special relationship with her dear niece Lisa Fucarile. A Funeral Service will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home on Saturday, Nov., 25th at 10 a.m.. Family and friends are respectfully invited to Calling Hours in the Funeral Home on Friday, Nov., 24th from 3-7 p.m. Interment is private. Please at the family's request, in lieu of flowers remembrances may be made in Joan's honor to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, PO Box 4527 New York, NY 10163. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home.

OBITUARY:

Joan M. (Barnard) Dresser passed away at the Aurora Nursing Home in Derry , New Hampshire after a lingering illness. The beloved wife of the late Philip Dresser, she was eighty years of age.

Born in Winchester, Joan was the daughter of the late Alfred W. and Dorothy E. (Nowell) Barnard. One of six daughters, Joan, along with her sisters, were all raised and educated in Winchester; Joan graduating with the Winchester High School Class of 1955.

While in high school, Joan had met Philp along the way. A relationship began to blossom and in 1957 they married. They journeyed together over the next forty eight years.

Originally making their home in Winchester, they moved to Woburn where they brought four wonderful sons into the world.

Needless to say Joan was very busy throughout the years devoting time and energy to the needs of her family. Sporting ventures, academic and social happenings were never missed and always at the forefront.

Hampton Beach was always the place to be with the Dresser family in the summer. Being out in the sun with the ocean breezes was always a favorite of Joan’s. When she had the pleasure of spending time with her children, grandchildren, sisters, nieces, and nephews, it was the ultimate fun time!

“Nana’s” precious time spent with her grandchildren brought great joy. Joan loved to cook and whether the grandchildren were near or far, a “care package” always followed them!

Joan made the most delightful dinner rolls, which were always a necessity for every family gathering and holiday. Everyone in the family had been the recipient of a special handcrafted crotched blanket Joan had made or when she had the opportunity to surprise a friend with one, she did.

Joan had also worked in the Woburn Public Schools, Special Education Department. For years she thoroughly enjoyed working with those students who just needed a little extra tlc, attention, and direction, which Joan was so good at. Actually after she had retired and had moved to New Hampshire, she had the great pleasure of working with preschool children also for a number of years.

In the late nineties, Joan and her husband moved to South Carolina to be closer to family. Prior to that they had travelled all over the United States and Germany visiting with their children as their professions took them to different parts of the US and Europe.

In the beginning of the new millennium, they decided to return north and made their home in southern New Hampshire, where they have remained.

A very loving, kind and caring woman, Joan was truly a woman of great faith. Right up to the end Joan knew and had no fear that she was coming to the end of her life’s road and would soon be reunited with all those gone before her, which was so spiritually fulfilling.

Joan was sadly predeceased by her husband Philip, sons Philip and David, parents and sister Judy Fucarile.

Joan is lovingly survived by her devoted sons Robert P. Dresser, his wife Christine of Litchfield, NH, and Jon Dresser, his wife Kim of Framingham. Dear sister of Janet MacDonald of Peabody, Joyce McDonald of FL, Jayne Giangrande of Woburn, Jill Posner of FL and the late Judy Fucarile. Loving "Nana" of Danielle, Amanda, Robby, Jaimilee and Mikayla and two great-grandchildren Caleb and Julia. Also survived by several loving nieces and nephews, sharing a very special relationship with her dear niece, Lisa Fucarile. A Funeral Service will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home on Saturday, Nov., 25th at 10 a.m. Family and friends are respectfully invited to Calling Hours in the Funeral Home on Friday, Nov., 24th, 3-7 p.m. Interment is private. Please at the family's request, in lieu of flowers remembrances may be made in Joan's honor to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, PO Box 4527 New York, NY 10163. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Homevice will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home on Saturday, November 25th at 10 a.m. Family and friends are respectfully invited to Calling Hours in the Funeral Home on Friday, Nov. 24th, 3-7 p.m. Interment is private. Please at the family's request, in lieu of flowers remembrances may be made in Joan's honor to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, PO Box 4527 New York, NY 10163. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home.