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Joan C. Dow

Hartland, Vt. — Joan C. Dow, 80, a longtime resident of Hartland, passed away Wednesday afternoon, April 24, 2013, at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.

She was born Sept. 18, 1932, in Montpelier, Vt. the daughter of Harold and Katherine (Enright) Crouse. She received her schooling in Windsor and graduated from Windsor High School in 1950. She married David D. Dow in Windsor on May 2, 1953. She was employed as a telephone operator at the former Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Windsor for 10 years, and later was employed at Valcom Answering Service in White River Jct., for several years until her retirement.

Joan had a precise skill of knitting and crocheting and it was her beloved hobby. Joan and David spent their life together traveling to various car meets in their many Studebakers. Her greatest joy was raising her three daughters and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents and one brother, Robert Crouse.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, David D. Dow of Hartland; three daughters, Christine D. Buckman and her husband, Shawn of Weathersfield, Vt., twin daughters, Jacqueline A. Collier and her husband, Kevin of Windsor, and Jennifer D. Peeler and her husband, Doug of Hartland; four grandchildren, Benjamin D. Collier and Elijah T. Collier of Windsor and Nora L. Peeler and Hayden D. Peeler of Hartland; one brother, Richard Crouse and his wife, Dolores of Wallingford, Conn., one sister in law, Patricia Crouse of East Hartford, Conn.; several nieces and nephews.

At her request a graveside service will be held, Monday, April 29 at 1 p.m. in the Hartland Village Cemetery in Hartland, with the Rev. Lucia Jackson, Pastor of the Hartland Congregational Church, officiating.

A reception and celebration of Joan’s life will follow at the family home in Hartland.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hartland American Legion Post #48 at PO Box 120, Hartland, VT 05048.

The Knight Funeral Home in Windsor is entrusted with the arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to her family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com.