PLATTSBURGH — Joan E. Fleury, 84, of South Catherine Street, Plattsburgh, N.Y. died on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh.
She was born in Mineville, N.Y. on Oct. 20, 1928, the daughter of John and Mildred (LaGoy) Roach.
Joan graduated from Mineville High School in 1946. She met, courted and married James Lincoln Fleury of Westport, N.Y. in 1948 and began her long life of motherhood and support for her nine children.
Joan and family moved to Plattsburgh where she worked as a florist and flower arranger (Variety, Nelson's, Jeff's), church organist, choir director, and musician (Our Lady of Victory 22 years, St John's 10 years) and as a long-time Avon representative. Joan's passion for music extended as a founding member of the local Sweet Adelines Champlain Valley Chorus, including serving as Vice President and Assistant Director for several years. She also assisted the Cumberland Bay Barbershoppers in various roles for many years. Joan's passion for piano and organ continued as she served the Plattsburgh Kiwanis organization as pianist for many years, where she later became the first female member in the late 1980's (past-President and Kiwanian of the Year 1993).
With the loss of her daughter, Karen to a DWI driver in 1982, Joan became a dynamic local figure, driving and organizing the creation of the Karen Fleury Memorial Bicycle Path at Cumberland Head. She became a force in public service as Clinton County MADD Coordinator and Stop DWI (Citizen of the Year 1994). She influenced hundreds of people through her caring, empathy and honesty while conducting dozens of Victim Impact Panels and DWI Awareness speaking engagements at public high schools in Clinton, Essex, and Franklin counties.^
Joan managed to juggle her busy work life and public service while remaining the matriarch of her large, loving family. If her husband Jim was the strength and pillar, Joan was the foundation and roots of the family tree. Despite the occasional illusion of being pint-sized and frail, she was a force with whom to be reckoned! She was simultaneous leader, guide, friend, teacher, nurse, confidant, and above all, mother, providing wisdom, nurturing, morality, faith, friendship, humor, and love. Joan enjoyed music, singing, swimming, crafts, photography, gardening, and debate!
Joan is survived by her children, Sandy (Richard) Carty of Egg Harbor, N.J., James Fleury of Plattsburgh, Rick (Lucille) of Rutland, Vt. , Candy Fleury and her companion Pat Collins of West Chazy, Linda (David) Williams of Chazy, Peter (Julie) Fleury of Albany, N.Y., Tom (Ruth) Fleury of Morrisonville. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Jeff, Jason, Jeremy, Erin, Ian, Josiah, Correy, BrieAnna, Jack, Simone, Adam, Brad, Allison, and Mireena; her great-grandchildren Josh, Emilee, Caleb and Grayson.; her siblings, John Roach of Keeseville and Geraldine Brooking of Pennsylvania.
Joan was predeceased by her husband James Fleury; two daughters, Karen and Teresa; her siblings, Catherine Scripture and Donald Roach.
Calling hours will be held from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the Brown Funeral Home in Plattsburgh. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, at Our Lady of Victory Church in Plattsburgh. Burial will follow in St. Peter's Cemetery.
Donations in Joan's memory may be made to Mothers Against Drunk Drivers or The FitzPatrick Cancer Center. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901 (518) 561-3980. Online condolences and memorial candles may be offered at www.brownfuneralhomeinc.com.