Joan Martel


93, of Paramus died on January 4, 2019. Joan was the beloved wife of the late Joseph S. Martel, Jr (2005). Devoted mother of Joseph S. Martel III and his wife Joanne, Victoria Asdoorian and her husband Harry and John Martel and his wife Cynthia. Adored grandmother of Laura Gould and her husband Taylor, Paige Buddles and her husband
Jason, Sean Patrick Martel and Elizabeth Martel; Great Grandmother of Justin Gould. Loving Aunt to Miriam Bockhold. She also leaves behind many beloved nieces, nephews, friends and grandpets.

Daughter of the late John Lysaght and Annie Greenwood Lysaght. Sister of the late Cynthia Bockhold and the late Audrey Lysaght.

Joan was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts. She traveled extensively throughout the country because of her father’s work. Joan attended 6 high schools in 4 years, eventually graduating from Sandusky High School in Ohio.

Joan attended Business College in New York City where she trained to become an executive secretary. Here she became best friends with Virginia Martel. Ginny’s brother Joe was serving in the army during WWII and, at Ginny’s request, Joan began writing him letters to cheer him up. The letters turned into a long-distance romance even though they had never laid eyes upon each other. After Joe’s return from the war, the first spoken words he said to Joan were, “Will you marry me?” Joan said “We’ll see.” Two weeks later she said yes. They were married for 58 years.

Joan was a secretary at the old Dumont Television Network before becoming a mother and a homemaker. Joan and Joe moved their family to Paramus in 1954. Joan was a member of the Board of Health in Paramus. In 1970 Joan began working at Agfa-Gevaert as secretary to the president. She retired as the Manager of Word Processing, overseeing all the correspondence for the company. Most of all Joan will be remembered for her kindness, strength and loving heart.

Family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 113 South Farview Avenue, Paramus. The family will hold a private cremation on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 followed by a Memorial Service on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 12:00 pm at the Vander Plaat Memorial Home. Paramus. Interment George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions in Joan's memory may be made to In lieu , St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105.