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Joan S. Brink

Bamberg, S.C. — Joan S. Brink, 82, of Bamberg died peacefully at her home Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, after a brief illness. She will be loved and missed by her many friends and extended family.

Joan was born May 29, 1930, to Charles W. and Vera (Gilbert) Silloway in Morristown, Vt. She was raised on the family farm in Bradford, Vt. by her parents and then step-mother Elna Silloway. She graduated from Bradford Academy in 1948.

She moved to Hartford Connecticut to pursue a career as a dental hygienist. There she met the love of her life, a handsome fireman, Carl B. Brink, Jr. They were married Sept. 27, 1953, in Bradford. They moved to Hanover, N.H. in 1957 and Carl began his plumbing career. For many years Joan was his partner and “right hand” in their successful plumbing business. After Carl became Superintendent of Hanover Water Works, Joan returned to dentistry, working for a local orthodontist.

Under the tutelage of her step-mother, Joan became an expert rug hooker and her rugs are family treasures. She also knitted many sweaters, mittens and Christmas stockings for her family and friends. The vegetable garden she tended contributed to her wonderful recipes. Her great joy was, along with Carl and a group of Hanover parents, attending all of her son’s athletic events through his high school years. That interest continued through the swimming and football careers of her grandsons.

Annual hunting trips to the Dartmouth Grant and camping with the “out-laws” provided many memorable stories to share including the “great bear hunt”. Carl’s involvement in the New Hampshire and New England Water Works Associations led to many adventures and life-long friendships from attending meetings and conventions. In retirement, she and Carl discovered a new passion, the game of golf and they played almost daily at their home course Paw Paw Country Club in Bamberg and their Northern golf home, Lake Morey Country Club in Fairlee, Vermont, making many friends on courses wherever they went. After moving to Bamberg they summered at Rest N’ Nest campground in Thetford, Vermont, again surrounded by many good friends.

Joan Brink is survived by her husband of 59 years and best friend, Carl; their son, Russell Brink of Springfield, Ore.; their grandchildren, Ben (Hillary) Brink of Houston, Texas, Alex Brink of Eugene, Ore. and Tilly Joan Bremner-Brink of Springfield, Ore. Also surviving are her sisters, Sheila Conrad of Norwich, Vt., Deanna (Orville) Carter of Denver, Colo.; and a brother, Dwight (Carole) Silloway of Security, Colo.; and many nephews and nieces, their children and grandchildren. A sister, Helen Aseltine, preceded her in death.

Although her fiery red hair grayed, her fiery New England spirit never did even up to her passing.

May the greens be smooth and the putts roll true, until we meet again on the 19th hole. We love you Mom, Grammie, Aunt Joan, best friend.

A celebration of Joan’s life will be held on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at 3 p.m. at Cooner Funeral Home in Bamberg, S.C.

Internment at the family cemetery in Bradford, Vermont will follow at a later date.

The family requests that remembrances be sent in Joan’s memory to Community Home Care & Hospice, 1890 St. Matthews Road, Orangeburg, S.C. 29118.