Joan Tyo Lalonde, 67, passed away at her home in Potsdam on Sunday, December 11, surrounded by her family after a long battle with cancer.
Joan was born in Potsdam on July 1, 1944, the daughter of Neil and Dorothy (Dot) Tyo. Growing up in Norfolk as the oldest of three sisters, she was a talented seamstress and piano player. She spent many summers at the family camp in Parishville and enjoyed waterskiing and boat trips on the St. Lawrence River.
A devoted mother and loving wife, Joan graduated from Norwood-Norfolk Central School in 1962. On June 29, 1963 she married William (Bill) Lalonde, her high school sweetheart. She insisted that family was the most important thing in her life and that it was really all she wanted.
Joan worked briefly at the Potsdam Telephone Company before beginning work as a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service. Although she retired in 1995, Joan regularly woke up at 4:30 a.m. and could often be found in the backyard on a lawnmower or four-wheeler “buzzing around.” Before owning a four-wheeler, Joan and Bill often took road trips around New York by motorcycle. She enjoyed listening to her husband and family play music, as well as fine boxed wine products and the occasional whiskey and rye. There was nothing Joan liked more than camping and a good bon fire, especially one in which the local fire dept. could partake.
After her retirement, Joan bought a computer and taught herself (with the help of her son) how to use it. Shortly after, she began researching family genealogy. Together with her husband, she visited locations across the United States and Canada investigating her family history and meeting many new found relatives. She traced her family’s origins to 15th century France, found relatives in the NHL Hall of Fame, the American Revolution, and the Civil War. She was always one of the most technologically advanced members of the family.
Joan was very pleased and thankful for the world class care she received from her oncologist Dr. PritiMandalaywala and Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley.
Joan was predeceased by both parents, Neil and Dot Tyo.
Joan is survived by her beloved husband, Bill of Potsdam; her three children, Scott Lalonde (and Robin) of Stockholm, James Lalonde (and Gary Anderson) of Duane, and Carrie Tuttle (and Barton) of Russell ; grandchildren Meghan and Alexander Lalonde and Hunter and Cheyanna Tuttle; and two sisters, Bonnie Davey and Mary Jane (Dennis) Byrne both of Norfolk.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Potsdam Humane Society, 17 Madrid Ave., Potsdam.
Online condolences may be made at http://rossfuneralhomes.com. A celebration of Joan’s life will be held in the spring.