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Joan Madeline (Quinlin) Dashnaw, 76, Harrisville
Monday, December 27, 2010 - 9:39 am

HARRISVILLE – Joan Madeline (Quinlin) Dashnaw, 76, retired Harrisville Central School nurse, of 14209 Church St., died December 23, 2010, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse, with her loving family at her side.

Mrs. Dashnaw’s funeral services will be held on Thursday, beginning with a 10: 15 a.m. prayer service from the Scanlon Funeral Home, 14187 State St., Harrisville, followed by an 11 a.m. funeral Mass from St. Francis Solanus Catholic Church, Harrisville, with the Rev. Robert L. Decker, Pastor, officiating. Burial will be in St. James Cemetery, Gouverneur.

Calling hours will be on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m., and Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., at the funeral home.

Besides her husband, she is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law, Gregory P. Dashnaw, of Albany, NY, Timothy F. and Jennifer Dashnaw, of Lisbon, NY, and Christopher J. and Elizabeth Dashnaw, of Canton, NY; a daughter and son-in-law, Cherilyn M. and Christopher Tallant, of Binghamton, NY; five grandchildren, Sarah Goobic, Sophie Goobic, Isabel Dashnaw, Kelsey Dashnaw and Gabriel Tallant; nieces and nephews including Connie DeVitto, of Warrensburg, NY, Phyllis LeMay and Don Rogers, both of Chateaugay, NY, and Kathy and Wayne Woodward, of Casper, Wyoming.

A son, Gerard Dashnaw, who died at birth in 1971, two brothers, John and Lafayette Quinlin, and three sisters, Lenore LeMay, Mary Nolan, and Colleen Rogers, predeceased her.

Born April 6, 1934, in Malone, the youngest daughter of John and Madeline Sancomb Quinlin, she was graduated from Chateaugay High School in 1952, and from Plattsburgh State in 1956 from where she received her Bachelor of Science and RN degrees.

She married her husband of 52 years, Lloyd V. Dashnaw, on January 3, 1959, at St. James Church in Gouverneur, NY.

Her career began following college as a school nurse/teacher at Gouverneur Central School. In 1959, she and her husband moved to Harrisville where she accepted the position of registered nurse/teacher for Harrisville Central School. Throughout her tenure, she taught health and education to thousands of elementary, junior high and high school students, retiring from HCS in 2005, after 46 years of faithful service to the school system.

Mrs. Dashnaw was a communicant, 30+ year First Communion Teacher, and 20+ year Eucharistic Minister of St. Francis Solanus Catholic Church in Harrisville, as well as a 50+ year member of the Daughters of Isabella, Salve Regina Circle. She was also a member of the NYS Nurses and Teachers Associations, Fort Nightly Club and the Red Hat Society. Additionally, she had organized the Red Cross Blood Mobiles in Harrisville for the past 30+ years.

Extremely proud of her Irish heritage, she especially enjoyed celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and anything to do with children. Included among her most favorite interests and pastimes were church activities, reading, collecting angel statues, handing out candy to kids at Halloween, and in particular, spending time with her grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either the Harrisville VFD Rescue Squad or to the Joan Dashnaw Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Dixie Dickinson, Harrisville Central School, 14371 Pirate Lane, Harrisville, NY 13648.