Joan E. Tobin, 80, formerly of Dolgeville, died on Oct. 30, 2013, at Alpine Nursing and Rehabilitation, Little Falls, where she had resided for the past year.
Joan was born in the town of Russia on April 3, 1933, a daughter of the late Glenn D. and Margaret (Wood) Newman. She received her education in Cold Brook and Poland schools and was first married to John Rickard. She later married Donald Dickens and resided in Middleville for many years, where she cared for elderly people in her home. Joan moved to Florida in 1972, where she met and married Evans W. Tobin. He preceded her in death in 1986, and she moved back to this area in the early 1990s. Her favorite pastime was playing Bingo at Turning Stone Casino.
Survivors include seven children, Carol Danforth of Oppenheim, Diane (George) Lockwood of Newport, Susie (Ron) Kane of Ingham Mills, John (Kathy) Rickard of Cold Brook, Ida (Leo) Barnes of Dolgeville, Randy (Sue) Rickard of Salisbury and Daniel (April) Rickard of Salisbury Center; five sisters, Sally Truax, Judy Newman and Carol Young, all of Cold Brook, Pat (Charles) Brown of Bridgewater and Cindy Fitzgerald of Utica; two brothers, James (Dawn) Newman of Connecticut and Dale (Sharon) Newman of the town of Morehouse; 17 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, Evans, she was predeceased by her daughter, Michelle Poff, and by three brothers, Robert, Richard and Dean Newman.
In accordance with Joan's wishes, services will be private for her family at the Poland Cemetery. The Rev. Matthew Ripp, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Newport, will officiate. There are no calling hours.
Arrangements are entrusted to Autenrith Funeral Home, Newport.
Online tributes at www.autenrithfuneral.com.