Joan D. Gaul, reveled in her family

December 6, 2018

Joan D. Gaul, 86, of Bear passed away peacefully Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Collingdale, Pa., Oct. 28, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Kathryn (Gallagher) Hoesch.  Joan worked as a secretary with Pennoni Associates in Wilmington, retiring after a long career.

On her 18th birthday, Joan married the love of her life.  For the next 68 years they walked hand in hand on a wonderful journey together.  After raising their children, Joan became “Grammy,” a role in which she reveled. There was no greater joy in her life than being with and talking about, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Joan’s happiest times were with her family when they all regularly gathered together to enjoy each other.

She is survived by her loving husband, John P. Gaul; children Andrea Wozny (Michael), John Gaul (Joann) and Joan Smedberg; grandchildren Mika Blackburn (Brian), Megan Reynolds (Chad), Jamie Gaul, Jonathan Gaul, Ashley Douglas (Brent) and Richard Smedberg (Pauline); and great-grandchildren, Matthew Blackburn, Brooke Blackburn, Brayden Reynolds and Steven Douglas.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 9 until 11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, at St. Margaret of Scotland R.C. Church, 2431 Frazer Road, Newark, where a Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m.  Interment will be held privately in All Saints’ Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Joan’s memory to St. Margaret of Scotland R.C. Church, Building Fund, 2431 Frazer Road, Newark, DE 19702, or Seasons Hospice of Delaware, 220 Continental Drive, Ste. 101, Newark, DE 19713.

Arrangements by Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory.

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