Joan Michael

Joan Michael

If you lived in East Greenwich you saw her walking. And walking. And walking. Sitting still just wasn’t in her repertoire. Joan excelled in sports, especially basketball. After dinner she would shoot some hoops with her boys; the loser washed the dishes… not too often was that Joan. But even when you lost you still won since you had already eaten her cooking, especially chicken corn and vegetable soups. And the kitchen radio was always tuned to 610 WIP; don’t think of changing it. When the children were young Joan cashiered at the Woodbury ACME and later ,when the opportunity presented itself, she went to Salem Community College and became an LPN. Being a nurse was always her heart’s desire and once a nurse always a nurse: at Pitman Manor she thought of herself more as a floor nurse than a patient. Joan knew the Good News and shared it with all would listen: she taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible at the Zion UM Church.

A young Joan Nickerson would meet the dashing Gerald Michael Sr. at the Woodbury Halloween Parade: they married 3 months later and were blessed with four children: Gerald Jr.(Cheryl) of Gibbstown, JoAnn Kelly (Tom Gajewski) of Somers Point, Beth Mickiewicz (Mike) of Boynton Beach, Fl. and the late Larry (Mary Ann) of Vineland. She was Mom Mom to 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren and is survived by sisters: Rose Shute, Charlotte Spencer, Gertie Gentile, Eleanor (John) Thomas, Shirley Dillon and brothers: William (Karen) Nickerson, Joe (Priscilla) Nickerson and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Lottie (Dick) Nickerson.

Come celebrate 83 great years Saturday, February 23 from 9:30 am at Daley Life Celebration Studio where there will be a service at 11.


  1. Toni Ware says:

    I will always remember you Aunt Joan. You and Uncle Gerry gave us so many memories. The many family BBQ’s were so much fun! All of the cousins and their babies and so on and so on. We were blessed with a huge loving family. Those memories I will cherish forever. I’m so happy that I was able to visit with you and tell you how beautiful you looked and to see you laugh and smile at me. Rest In Peace Aunt Joan. I know you and Uncle Gerry are together again. Along with your son and parents. And many others that you loved.

  2. Constance Hill ( niece ) says:

    Love you always ! Enjoy our family in heaven

  3. Gina Morina says:

    So many wonderful memories of backyard picnics, volleyball, great food and family. Blessed to have such a great big family. Prayers to my cousins and their families. Love you all.

  4. Layne Wilkins says:

    As my other cousins have said – the big family barbecues with games and laughter and fun are vivid in my memory. As the years passed, Aunt Joan, you and my mom spent time together going out to eat and keeping each other company. My mom suffering from dementia now OFTEN calls me Joan! She’lll say Joan I’m your sister Charlotte. She must have the memory that you had trouble remembering. She still has conversations with you and it must bring her comfort.
    To my dear cousins, I love you all and am so sorry you lost your mother. Please know I pray for comfort for all of you and your families. Hugs and kisses ????

  5. Bill Nickerson, Jr. says:

    I have learned with regret, the passing of my Aunt Joan. I have fond memories of her when I was growing up. I would like to express my deepest sympathy to her children, Gerry, JoAnn, and Beth. May she rest in peace.

  6. Kelly Pyle says:

    Thinking and praying for your families at this difficult time. Love to you all. XO XO

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