Joan D. Soper

Sat, 04/30/2022 - 10:45am

Joan D. (Sylvester) Soper, 83, passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 28, 2022, in Wiscasset, Maine.

Joan was born on Aug. 31, 1938, to the late Hans and Annalise Sylvester. She was raised in Brooklyn New York. After marrying John Soper, Joan moved to Attleboro Massachusetts to raise her family. Joan worked as a cafeteria worker for Attleboro Public Schools when her children were young, but later was employed as a bookkeeper for Simply Sportswear and The Visiting Nurses Association.

Once retired, Joan moved to Wiscasset Maine. She would spend the winters in Bradenton Florida, where she enjoyed the beaches, pool, and socializing with friends. Joan also volunteered at the local Fire Barn raising funds for the fire department. Joan’s hobbies included: gardening, bingo, and shopping. She was also an avid reader. More than anything else, Joan loved spending time with her family. She was always an eager participant in all adventures.

Joan’s death was preceded by John Soper, her loving husband of 60 years. She was also predeceased by her brother Horst (Ray) Sylvester of Stockton, California.

Joan is survived by her children John Soper and his wife Angela of Wiscasset, Maine, Raymond Soper of Boston, Massachusetts, Margaret Cordeiro (and her late husband Al) of North Providence, Rhode Island, Carolyn McKearney and her husband David of North Dighton, Massachusetts.

Joan was the devoted grandmother to Elishia Soper and Hannah McKearney. She was the great-grandmother of Hayley Frame. Joan also loved her extended family. She had two stepgrandchildren, five great-stepgrandchildren and two great-great-stepgrandchildren.

Joan also leaves behind her brother in-law Robert Soper and his wife Jan and, sister in-law Pattie DeMayo. She was predeceased by her brother in-law Ronald DeMayo and sister in-law Marcia Legg. Joan will be missed by several nephews, cousins, lifelong friends, and fur babies.

There will be a graveside service for Joan in Wiscasset at the Greenlawn Cemetery on Rumerill Road on May 14 at 1 p.m. In addition, a celebration of life service will be held on June 11 at the Rehoboth Congregational Church, 139 Bay State Road in Rehoboth, Massachusetts at 11 a.m.