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.