Joan Herron

Joan Elizabeth Herron

Thursday, April 2nd, 1936 - Monday, March 16th, 2020
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Joan Elizabeth (Venne) Herron April 2, 1936 – March 16, 2020
A graduate of Champlain Valley Hospital School of Nursing, she became a licensed RN April 2, 1956.
Joan met the love of her life in the apple orchard in Peru and married Hugh Herron on July 16, 1956. Joan and Hugh created six beautiful children, who survive her, and those children brought more love into Joan’s home with six amazing spouses: Pamela and John Mahlie, Hugh and Cheryl Herron, Timothy and Linda Herron, Michelle and Rod Frechette, Bruce and Cyndi Herron and Holly and Edward Schmitt. Those families include 20 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was a pediatric RN more than 20 years at CVPH medical center and became Clinton County’s “Mrs. Yuck”, the poison control children’s educator. Her love for children was limitless.
She supported community in many ways, most notably as a trustee, choir member, religion teacher and volunteer for St. James Parish, her home parish for most of her life. She also was a leader in fire department auxiliary and charter member of the Adirondack Doll Club. Hugh and Joan loved sharing their love of antiques with local school children, dressing in vintage clothing, spinning yarn on spinning wheels, and teaching about old dolls, fire equipment and all kinds of household tools.
She was known for her tremendous giving and non-judgmental love for all. She taught her children to “buck up” which resulted in them becoming the remarkable professionals and parents they are today. Pre-deceased by her parents, Margaret and Addison Venne, and her husband and also survived by her brother and his wife, Victor and Beverly Venne.
Funeral Service to be private. Public memorial mass at future date at St James Church. No flowers, donations only to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or the Arthritis National Research Foundation.
Arrangements are entrusted to Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad St., Plattsburgh, N.Y. (518) 561-3980. Online condolences may be at
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Tamara J. Venne

Posted at 04:45pm
My Dear Cousins,

What a special childhood we had on the "family compound"... our two families adjacent to each other with our beloved grandparents imbetween... we kept our mothers busy... occasionally one or the other would take a turn allowing the cousins to come over and play (that is more children than most daycare ratios allow per adult!)... I remember teasing Joan years later that she could get more darn servings out of a peanut butter jar than one would think! Being a very matter-of-fact practical and tough love person, she would just laugh... she loved and scolded us all, whether her child or niece/nephew.

As I became a young adult, I loved visiting my aunt to share a glass of wine and get caught up on the news of my cousins and their children's happenings as we all moved forward on our paths in different geographic directions... She was all about keeping us all connected and annual summer gatherings at her place were a special event. Her home was always inviting and decorated in the theme of the current holiday and one was greeted with a hug and smile at the door.

On occasion, I confess that I would mention (or whine) about some perceived flaw that my beloved husband had, something he said or did or failed to do or say... Being the practical tough-love aunt and former Marriage Encounter leader, she would be supportive BUT point out to me my part in whatever the dispute was. She made it clear that all daughters- and sons-in-law (and that went for spouses of nieces and nephews also) were HER family now also ... and, since we children/nieces/nephews had had the benefit of her love for years, she was determined to always give the in-laws the benefit of the doubt and be a "devil's advocate" for them first!!

Not one for fuss and bother or wanting to be the center of attention, I think it poetic justice that my Aunt, the R.N., chose to go home to her husband and parents during a public health crisis when we could not all gather together like we would have wanted... we may get the "last word" yet later this year and it is much needed for all of us who loved Joan.

For now, virtual hugs to you and your families,
Tamara Jean and family

Your Wadsworth colleagues

Posted at 02:03pm
Dear Bruce and family, Please accept our condolences at this difficult time. We see the truth of the summary of her life in you.
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Allan Nautel

Posted at 10:31am
Merrie and I are sorry to hear of Joan's passing. She was a fine person and always a joy to be around. May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. Please accept our sincere condolences.


Sylvia Duquette

Posted at 05:04pm
Deepest Condolences to the Herron Family. Joan was a very sweet and caring person. She was a great friend to my
Mom ( Loretta Leduc) and was always willing to help out. She was on the call list for Mom's life line. So Sorry for the
loss of your Mom. Sending Prayers and healing for you all.

Sylvia Duquette

Wanda Budaj

Posted at 12:22pm
My condolences to Joan's family. She was a beautiful soul. Welcomed me to the choir without hesitation. We had great conversations and I learned that while a nursing student she was taught by Aunt. Her reunion in Heaven with her husband and family members, as well as her friends, must be magical.
Wanda Budaj

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