Joan F. Gorgas of Long Valley, NJ passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at Hackettstown Medical Center surrounded by her loving family. She was 88 years old. Joan was born on November 13, 1929 in Ann Arbor, Michigan to the late Oliver and the late Agnes (Radke) Palmer.
She was an advertising analysist for American Home Products and later for Pfizer in Madison, NJ for many years before retiring. Mrs. Gorgas resided in Long Valley, NJ for the past 45 years. Joan enjoyed gardening, shopping, the beach, playing bocce ball and spending time with her family and many dear friends. She was active in the Mt. Olive Seniors organization where she served as past secretary. Joan was proud to be a freshman in college in her 60's and graduated with honors from the County College of Morris in Randolph, NJ.
Joan is survived by her devoted children, Vicki, Arnold "Butch", George and Eric, her cherished grandchildren, Tammy, Ann Marie, Chris, Holli and Erika, great grandchildren, Beverly, Katie, Natalie, Joseph, Titus, Trenton, Hunter, Hudson, Holden, Adrianna and Matson, her great-great grandchildren, Connar, Cali and Masen. Additional survivors include her siblings, Jean Rider, Dale Palmer, Gary Palmer, Linda Garner, Diane O'Toole and John Palmer and too many dear friends to mention. She was pre-deceased by her beloved husband, Donald in 2006.
Joan's Life Celebration Services will include a Memorial Service to be announced at a later date. All services were entrusted to the Leber-Lakeside Funeral Home of Landing, NJ. Joan was a proud supporter of many charities, in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a favorite charity or organization.