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GUILDERLAND - Joan Carlson Fredericks, 92, of Guilderland, died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, at Our Lady of Mercy Life Center.
She was born March 25, 1925, in Duluth, Minnesota, to Edwin and Elmyra Carlson.
A 1947 graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Joan, pronounced "Joanne," received a master's degree in education from Northwestern University.
She met Julius "Joe" Fredericks of Canajoharie, while working at Cornell University. They were married in 1959, then settled near Delhi, where she lived for 40 years.
Joan was very involved in the Delhi community, including the Second Presbyterian Church (United Ministry), Village Improvement Society, League of Women Voters and Delhi Senior Meals. She also served on the boards of Delaware Academy and Central School, O'Connor Hospital and the West Kortright Centre.
From 1999 to 2016, she lived at Coburg Village in Rexford, where she was active in establishing a number of programs for community members.
Survivors include her sister, Elizabeth (Franklin) Kilgore of DeKalb, Illinois; son, Peter and grandchildren, Matthew, Samuel and Sydney of Slingerlands and son, Carl (Becky Rehl) of Mount Horeb, Wisconsin.
Joan was predeceased by her husband in 1993 and daughter-in-law, Sharon Fredericks, in 2010.
Joan was a vibrant, compassionate woman who loved the outdoors, especially the lakes of northern Minnesota and the Adirondacks. Her flower gardens were always colorful. She enjoyed sharing them with family, friends, and the birds everywhere she lived.
Memorial contributions may be made to the United Ministry of Delhi, 1 Church St., Delhi NY 13753, or Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, P.O. Box 65, Keene Valley NY 12943.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Condolences may be made online at demarcostonefuneralhome.com.
Published on January 17, 2018
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