Joan Catherine Kennedy Salunek

August 2, 1928 - December 27, 2015
Joan Catherine Kennedy Salunek

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Joan Catherine Kennedy Salunek, age 87, formerly of Williamsburg, Virginia, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December, 27, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph P. Kennedy and Irene “Margaret” Boss; sisters, Irene and Regina; brother, Joseph P. Jr., and husband, Edward John Salunek. Joan is survived by her daughters, Diane Brewer of La Vista, NE, Joan “Kathy” Moyer of Allentown, PA, Rebecca Young of Anchorage, AK, Nona (Dennis) Walton of Newport News, VA, and Ruth (Jim) Knapp of Round Rock, TX. She also leaves behind 12 Grandchildren, 19 Great Grandchildren, and 12 Great Great Grandchildren.
Joan had many challenges in her life that made her so strong and amazing, having been raised in an orphanage for part of her life with her siblings. Her early life created an inseparable bond with her sister Irene. Joan was a devoted Army wife and through her husband’s Army career, was able to travel all over the world with her husband and children. Joan enjoyed doing anything with her hands. She was a talented seamstress and excellent at crochet. She was a deaf interpreter for Colonial Williamsburg and was committed to helping the deaf community, as well as a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She had a love for animals and cherished her dogs.
A Celebration of her life officiated by the Rev. Mr. Tom McFeely will be held at Bucktrout Funeral Home, 4124 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg VA (phone 757-229-3822), on Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 11:00 AM followed by interment at Williamsburg Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made in Joan’s memory to the Heritage Humane Society, 430 Waller Mill Rd. Williamsburg VA, 23188.
The family wishes to thank Riverview on the Appomattox nursing home in Hopewell, Virginia for the care they gave our mother over this past year.
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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Bucktrout Funeral Home - Directions
4124 Ironbound Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188


Thursday, December 31, 2015

Williamsburg Memorial Park - Directions
130 King William Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23188

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  • December 29, 2015
    Kim Hill lit a candle:
    Lit since December 29, 2015 at 12:49:13 PM

  • December 29, 2015
    Toni Sleeme says:
    My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family

  • December 30, 2015
    Rachel says:
    Hi Grandma. Thank you for inspiring me and teaching me many valuable life lessons. Lara, mom, dad and I will always remember you in the most fondest way. Thank you for being a big part of my childhood- Lara and I always had the best Halloween costumes because of you. I love you, Rachel

  • December 30, 2015
    Lara says:
    Grandma, I'm not good at saying goodbye, but I hope you know how special you were to me. Thank you for all the good memories. XOXO - Lara

  • December 31, 2015
    Sherry Lindsay and Family says:
    With deepest sympathy, our thoughts and prayers are with you all.