Joan E. (Watson) Winters

Joan E. (Watson) Winters, 83, of Rochester, died Sunday, September 27, 2015 at Tobey Hospital in Wareham. She was the wife of the late Franklin E. Winters.

Born in New Bedford, she was the daughter of the late William & Hazel (Ellis) Watson. She was a longtime resident of Marion until she moved to Rochester in 1991.

Mrs. Winters was a lifelong and active member of the First Congregational Church in Marion where she taught Sunday School and was involved with various committees. She was an artist and painted in oils and acrylics. She enjoyed spending her time at the beach and sailing, enjoying her grandchildren and her pets. She was a graduate of Wareham High School and the New Bedford Textile Institute where she as a member of Kappa Sigma Phi.

She is survived by her son, Peter Winters and her daughter-in-law Christine Winters of Marion; her daughter, Joanna Wheeler of Marion and Susanna Flynn and her husband Kevin Flynn of Rochester. She is also survived by her five grandchildren; Cara Wilson and Moira Flynn of Rochester and Abigail Wheeler, Thomas Winters and Julia Winters of Marion.

Her funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at the First Congregational Church, 28 Main St., Marion at 3 P.M. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Marion. Visiting hours have been omitted.

Gifts in lieu of flowers may be sent to the First Congregational Church of Marion, P.O. Box 326, Marion, MA 02738. Arrangements by Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Wareham. For directions and on-line guestbook visit:

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