Joanne Williams

Joanne Bernadette Williams (Reese)

Sunday, July 21st, 1935 - Thursday, April 23rd, 2020
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Fort Edward

Joanne Bernadette Williams, 84, passed away after a short illness on Thursday, April 23, 2020, at her home with her loving husband by her side.

Born on July 21, 1935, in Fort Edward, she was the daughter of the late Jesse and Daisy (Benware) Reese.

Joanne graduated from Fort Edward High School in 1953.

On October 5, 1957, Joanne married the love of life, Leo Williams at St. Joseph’s Church in Fort Edward.

For many years she worked for Fort Edward Public School as a teacher’s aide. She was a lifelong communicant of St. Joseph’s Church in Fort Edward and a member of the Catholic Daughters of America Court Morrissey #1477.

Joanne enjoyed cooking, antiquing, reading, gardening, bird watching, having back yard parties, and going to Maine. She loved supporting her children and grandchildren at sporting events.

In addition to her parents, Joanne was predeceased by her sons, Michael and Mark Williams; her brother, Vincent Benware.

Left to cherish her memory include her husband of 62 years, Leo; her son, Peter Williams and his wife, Nancy, daughter-in-law, Lynne Williams, her daughters, Nancy Williams-Derway, Diane Cook and her husband, Andrew, Kathleen Williams; her grandchildren, Ashley Burke and her husband, Patrick, Andrew Williams, Thomas and Maggie Williams, Julia and Sarah Derway, Jessica Cook; her great-grandchildren, William, Colin and Maeve Burke; her siblings, Thomas Reese, Priscilla Suprise and her husband, Cordy, Jack Reese and his wife, Mary Ellen, Nancy Monsour and her husband, Theodore, Ed Reese and his wife, Rae; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Due to the Pandemic there will be no calling hours and service. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Memorial donations in Joanne’s memory can be made to Fort Edward Free Library Assoc., 23 East Street, Fort Edward, NY 12828

Arrangements are in the care of the M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home, 82 Broadway, Fort Edward. For online condolences and to view Joanne’s Book of Memories, please visit
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  • Service

    St. Joseph Cemetery
    Burgoyne Ave.
    Fort Edward, NY 12828
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    Due to the recent Pandemic there will be no service.
    Robert Powhida
  • Interment

    St. Joseph Cemetery
    Burgoyne Ave.
    Fort Edward, NY 12828
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    Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.


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The Ft. Edward Free Library Board and Staff

Posted at 02:41pm
We are deeply saddened for your loss and are very humbled in Joannes request that donations be made to the Ft. Edward Free Library in memory of her.
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David Bunn

Posted at 04:44pm
I was so sorry to hear about your Mom's passing. One of my fond early memories of Fort Edward was becoming acquainted with your Mom (and Dad) and as time passed your entire family. She was such a nice person. May you be comforted by your wonderful family memories.
Dave (&Linda) Bunn

Dr. Carolee Boyd

Posted at 09:07am
I will always have wonderful memories of my yearly visits with Joanne as she was such a delight to visit with.
Pretty sure that I have been seeing her my entire career of 26 years now. A gracious, always cheerful woman
who was so incredibly proud of her family and will be dearly missed by all. My condolences to the entire family.
Diane & Andy I know this has been a particularly rough year for you both. Thinking of you all!

Dr. Carolee Boyd

Elaine Fenick

Posted at 07:47am
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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Dawn Doroski

Posted at 08:41pm
Katie, l am so sorry for your loss. I remember you're Mom so well. Such a kind caring woman. I got a chance to see her again a few years ago when my kids were in FEHS. prayers, love and hugs to your family and to you.

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