Joan R. D’Alessio passed away unexpectedly on November 17, 2023, at the age of 89. She was born February 21, 1934, on Staten Island, New York, the second of three daughters born to William Ellis Romer and Elizabeth (Groch) Romer.
Joan married the love of her life, Michael D’Alessio DDS, in 1954. They moved to Keene in 1960 and, together with their three children, made a home for over 60 years.
After graduating from New Dorp High School, Joan worked in the financial district in New York City while attending art school at night. Art became her passion. After moving to Keene, she started taking art classes at Keene State College and by chance took a watercolor course. This became her medium of choice. Many of her works of art have been sold across the country. She expanded her passion for art by developing an art history program at Trinity Christian School for grades K-8. She was also an art history guest lecturer at many elementary schools in Keene and served as a docent at the Thorne Art Gallery.
Joan was an ardent gardener, bird-watcher, and an active member of the Keene YMCA in the aquatic center.
Of strong and loyal character, she had a quick and witty sense of humor. She is predeceased by her husband, Michael, and their beloved daughter, Kate Elizabeth D’Alessio.
She is survived by her son Stephen and his wife Janice of Keene; her son, David, and his wife Keppie of Rutherfordton, NC; her brother-in-law Anthony D’Alessio, and his wife Ruthann; her sister-in-law Kathleen D’Alessio and her husband Robert Pecor; and much-loved grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces and dear friends.
Everyone is welcome to visit and celebrate Joan’s life on Saturday, December 16th anytime between 12:00 and 2:00 at Showroom, 20 Commercial St, Keene.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to:
Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music
PO Box 217
Sullivan NH 03445
or a local charity of your choice.