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Obituary for Joan W. Lynch (Whitten)

Joan Whitten Lynch of Charlestown, RI, formerly of West Hartford CT, passed away peacefully on November 22, 2018 at the age of 87.

Joan was born in Hartford CT, the daughter of the late Bertram and Doris Whitten.

She was the beloved wife of Richard D. Lynch for 64 years. In addition to her husband, she leaves her six children, Kathleen Lynch of West Hartford CT, Richard (Rick) Lynch Jr. of Farmington CT and his wife Michele Burdick, Sharon Patterson of Middletown CT and her husband John Patterson, Charles Lynch of Boston MA, James Lynch of West Hartford and his wife Pam Howard Lynch and Mary-Margaret (Meg) Derrick of South Dartmouth, MA and her husband Phil Derrick. She also leaves her grandchildren, Ryan, Conor and his wife Mikaela, Marla, and Morgan Lynch; Robert and Matthew Lynch; Noah, Emma and Liam Derrick.
She leaves her sister Rosamond Bradley of Dallas, Texas and her in-laws, Marjorie Stamm, Joan and Norman Sienko, many nieces and nephews and dear friends.

Joan graduated from William Hall High School in West Hartford in 1949 and Southern Methodist University in 1953. Joan was a Pi Beta Phi. She was an avid fan of UConn Women’s Basketball and The Connecticut Sun, WNBA.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at St. James Chapel, 2079 Matunuck Schoolhouse Rd, Charlestown, RI on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 11:00 am. Her life will be celebrated following the Mass, the Burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in her memory to Smile Train or The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement. Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly is in charge of the arrangements. For online condolences please visit