She was born March 15, 1934 in Providence. Joan lived in the New England area until she moved to western Pennsylvania in the mid 1960s, where she and her family lived in Allison Park, Pa/ and then in Mars, Pa. She moved to Mercer, Pa. in 2008, and most recently made her home at Avalon Springs Nursing Center in August 2013.
She graduated from Lincoln Girls School and attended Lasell College in Newton, Mass. for interior design.
Joan was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, and she was elected to the Mars Area School Board. She obtained her Realtor license and enjoyed working as a real estate agent. She enjoyed playing cards in a card club, taking drives and traveling, vacationing at the beach, bird watching and was an avid dog lover.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Joseph and Jean Gardiner, and by her husband John M. Sturtevant.
She is survived by her daughters Sandra A. Antill and Susan A. Sturtevant of Charlotte, N.C., and son Bruce G. Sturtevant and daughter-in-law Christine R. of Mercer, Pa.
A memorial service will be held in the future at a time determined by the family.
The family requests that donations be made to Avalon Springs Nursing Center located at 745 Greenville Road in Mercer, PA 16137.
Arrangements are under the direction of the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave., Mars PA and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.