Uxbridge- Joan M. St. Andre, 61, of Mechanic St. Douglas passed away peacefully on Sunday September 5, 2021 after suddenly being stricken ill.
She is survived by her mother Alice A. (Bonin) St. Andre of Linwood; her brother David E. St. Andre and his wife Linda of Greene, ME; her sister Jean M. Chisser and her husband Robert of Middleboro, MA; 6 nieces and nephews and 13 great-nieces and nephews who all lovingly referred to her as "Auntie"; and many good friends and coworkers.
Born in Whitinsville, MA on October 19, 1959 she was daughter of the late Edward R. “Saint” St. Andre and lived in Douglas 12 years. She was also predeceased by her brother Michael H. St. Andre.
Joan worked as a Deli Manager for Hannaford Supermarket in Uxbridge the past 13 years. Previously she worked with her parents at St.’s Deli and Variety in Uxbridge from 1981 to 1994. She then took over and operated this popular local spot for 14 years.
Joan coached the Uxbridge High School girls Varsity Basketball Team 11 seasons and two seasons as the Uxbridge Varsity Softball Coach where she had great success. She led the Spartans Ladies Basketball Team to four straight Southern Worcester County League crowns. Joan was always motivating her players and sharing her belief that with determination and hard work these young women could accomplish anything.
An outstanding three-sport athlete, Joan was a graduate of Northbridge High School, Class of 1977 where she played four varsity seasons of field hockey, basketball and softball. She earned 12 letters, was an all-star selection in basketball and softball, was a captain in three sports, and helped the Rams win two Southern Worcester County League championships in basketball. At Bridgewater State University, she played lacrosse and basketball where she was named captain her senior year. She graduated in 1981. She was ultimately inducted into the Northbridge Hall of Fame in 2003. Joan remained an avid sports fan and followed the University of Tennessee's women's basketball team and idolized coach Pat Summit.
She was a member of St. Mary’s Church and Good Shepherd Parish over the years, and was also a lay member of the Sisters of St. Joseph. She loved her community her family and her friends. She had humility, a great sense of humor, and a strong work ethic. She will be deeply missed.
Her Funeral Mass will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, next to her dad. Calling hours at Tancrell Jackman Funeral Home, 35 Snowling Rd. Uxbridge are Friday September 10 from 5 to 7 pm. Masks are mandatory to protect the elderly. Memorial donations in her memory may be made to The People First Food Pantry at 19 Douglas Street, Uxbridge, MA 01569. www.peoplefirstuxbridge.org
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