Joan E. Kennedy, age 89, passed away on Sunday, August 7, 2022, at Brandywine Assisted Living at Middlebrook Crossing in Bridgewater, a day before her 90th birthday. Born in Elizabeth, Joan grew up in Linden, where she graduated from Linden High School in 1950. Shortly after her marriage to James Kennedy on April 26, 1953, they moved to Winfield Park, and in 1963, they moved to Bridgewater, where they raised their family.
Joan began her career as an office manager, first at the Watchung View Inn and later at P.M. Systems in Somerville, where she worked for over 20 years.
Joan was a former member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Somerville.
Joan was an avid reader and a member of the Bridgewater Book Club. She enjoyed playing bridge with her friends and knitting. Joan was the member and past president of the Martinsville Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She was also a member of the Bridgewater Woman’s Club.
Traveling was a large part of her life with her husband. They traveled to 49 countries in 6 continents.
Joan is predeceased by her loving husband of 67 years, James A. Kennedy, in 2020.
She is survived by three sons: Robert J. and Michelle; Ronald A. and his wife Susan; and Richard F. and his wife Barbara; six grandchildren: Briana (David), Michelle, Jillian, Patrick, Kaitlyn, and Sean. Joan is also survived by her brother William Meekings and his wife, Brenda.
A visitation will be held on Friday, August 12, 2022, from 5 to 8 pm at Higgins Home for Funerals, 752 Mountain Blvd., Watchung, NJ 07069. A graveside service will be on Saturday at Somerset Hills Memorial Park, 95 Mt. Airy Rd., Basking Ridge, NJ, at 11 am.
Memorial donations may be made in her loving memory to the Bridgewater Woman’s Club, P.O. Box 6071, Bridgewater, NJ 08807.