Joan Cormack

December 18, 1930 - May 15, 2013
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Joan Joann Cormack 82 of Vero Beach, FL and Ludlow, MA died May 15, 2013 in the care and comfort of her Vero Beach home. Born in Ludlow, MA December 18, 1930 daughter of the late James P. and Florence (Healey) Cormack. Educated in local schools she was a graduate of Ludlow High School, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Upon her graduation, she entered the world of Professional Scouting working as a district director for the Girl Scouts of Orange, NJ. She later received her Masters Degree from Springfield College and entered the field of education. She started her teaching career at Birchland Park Jr. High School in East Longmeadow, then went to Hampden Jr. High. her last 29 years in education were spent in the Springfield School System, 26 of them at technical High School. For the first few years she taught history, and the rest of her career she worked as a Guidance Counselor. Joan was the first policewoman for the Town of Ludlow she was appointed in 1956 by Chief Alex Red Thompson. Over a period of 30 summers, she often worked on the staff of Trail Blazer Camps, formerly Life Camps in New jersey. This camp is for the underprivileged children of New York City. She was a member of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, the Springfield Education Association and the Phi Beta Phi Foundation. She was a Communicant of St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Ludlow and St. Helen’s Catholic Church of Vero Beach. She was predeceased by her parents, step-mother Mary F. Cormack, her brothers James P. Cormack Jr., and Robert H. Cormack. She is survived by her friend Barbara Howard of Vero Beach, FL extended family members and many friends.

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Funeral services celebrating her life be Friday May 31, 2013 at 10:30 AM at the Kapinos-Mazur Funeral Home 64 Sewall St. Ludlow followed by an 11 AM Liturgy of Christian Burial Offered by the Catholic Community of St. Elizabeth in St. John the Baptist Church 181 Hubbard St. Ludlow. Msgr. Homer P. Gosselin will preside. Rites of Committal will follow in St. Thomas Cemetery in Palmer.

Saint Thomas Cemetery
Thorndike Street
Palmer, MA 1069

Catholic Community of Saint Elizabeth
181 Hubbard Street
Ludlow, MA 1056


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Born: December 18, 1930
Died: May 15, 2013

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Pamela Brewer-Alexander posted on 1/1/15

I just wanted to say that Montie has always been a very special person in my life. As a child, I was interested in learning sign language. She was kind enough and patient enough to teach me. She will be greatly missed. I was very very fortunate to have the wonderful opportunity to have her be a part of my life. Sincerely, Pamela Brewer-Alexander


Ken Thompson posted on 1/1/15

I grew up at Memorial Baptist Church in Baytown where I became interested in the Deaf Ministry, and eventually became an interpreter, first there in the church, then later as a vocation. Even though Montie remained faithful to her husband's wishes to attend 2nd Baptist Church, she was still a very active participant in the Deaf group's activities at Memorial, as well as those of other churches in and around the Baytown/Houston area. She was always a very good friend, encourager, and supporter of myself, as well as many others. She was a very sweet lady and will indeed be missed by many, especially those in the current Deaf group at 2nd Baptist, as well as many others at that church and in and around the Baytown/Houston area. Kenneth (Ken) Thompson Houston (Spring), Texas


Blob Craiag posted on 1/1/15

Montie has been a dear friend, and an invaluable help during the years I worked with the Deaf students at Lee College. I hold very precious memories of Montie. She exhibited Christian care and cooperation. I wish we had more people with Montie's spirit.


Jim Lamb posted on 1/1/15

Monty was such an inspiration to me. When I first began our Deaf Ministry at Garth Rd. she was such an encouragement and blessing. I always enjoyed visiting with her and sharing stories. She will be sorely missed.