Joan L. Chernauskas

Joan L. Chernauskas

SOUTHBURY — Joan L. Chernauskas, 85, died on Wednesday, September 1, at her home following a long illness.

Joan was born on September 26, 1935, in Waterbury, daughter of the late Joseph J. and Mary (Mikeltonas) Chernauskas. She graduated from St. Joseph’s Grammar School, where she was a member of drum corps, Crosby High School, the University of Connecticut and the University of Hartford.

Joan began her teaching career in Plymouth, then joined the faculty at Mitchell School in Woodbury. After retirement Joan worked for the Pomperaug Health District and as a tutor at Nonnewaug High School.

Joan loved to shop, play tennis and golf and root for the Knicks.

She is survived by her sister, Marilyn Harlow of Thomaston; her niece, Laurie Mann and her husband, Eric, of Pittsford, N.Y.; her nephews, Mark Chernauskas and his wife, Margaret, and their daughters, Tess and Ella, of Bronx, N.Y., and Garrett Harlow and his wife, Kara, and their children, Hayden, Anne and Grant, of Goshen; a sister-in-law, Barbara Chernauskas, and several cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Joseph T. Chernauskas, and her brother-in-law, Douglas Harlow.

Joan’s family would like to thank her devoted care givers, Vera, Jasmin and Carneta.

All services are private. Donations may be made in Joan’s memory to a charity of the donor’s choice.

To send notes of sympathy and comfort to Joan’s family, visit her tribute page at

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