Joan Prescott

Joan M. Prescott (Diack)

Friday, November 9th, 1934 - Wednesday, October 9th, 2019
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SCHAGHTICOKE – Joan Mary Prescott, 84, of Schaghticoke passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Wednesday October 9, 2019 at the Eddy Village Green in Cohoes.

Born in Cohoes on November 9, 1934, Joan was the daughter of the late William and Mary (Busta) Diack, and loving wife of the late Lloyd Prescott. Joan was a lifelong area resident, graduating from Catholic Central High School in 1952, and then going on to earn her B.A. from the University at Albany in 1952 and a M.S. from Russell Sage College in 1973.

Joan taught in the Stillwater and Lansingburgh School Districts for over 30 years, mainly teaching first grade at Turnpike Elementary School, where many of her former students became lifelong friends.

Joan and Lloyd enjoyed snowmobiling and boating, especially spending weekends boating on Lake George entertaining family and friends, with everyone having fond memories of the times they spent together on the lake.

But most of all she will always be remembered as a loving and devoted mother and grandma who enjoyed spending time with her family. Joan had a kind and generous heart who was always there for her family.

She also loved being with her grandchildren Matthew and Emily, taking them on countless excursions and wherever they needed to go, volunteering as an elementary school teacher’s aide and most importantly sharing her life experiences.

Joan is survived by her children Cynthia A. Slutsky (Steven) of Niskayuna and Paul W. Campisi (Janice) of Schaghticoke and sister of the late William Diack. She is the proud grandmother of Emily and Matthew Campisi and step grandmother of Megan Padleford (Eric), Jason Slutsky (Cynthia) and step great grandmother of Caden, Rylan, Sawyer, Jonah, Reid and Adam. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Monday at 8:15 am from the Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home, 133 Broad St. (Rte. 32), Waterford and at 9 am at St. Augustine's Church in Troy. Interment will be in St. Michael's Cemetery, Waterford.

Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 3-6 pm.

Joan’s family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks to the staff of the Eddy Village Green at Cohoes, St. Peter’s Hospice Care and her companion aids Amanda Morehouse, Crystal Forchilli, Miriam Castellanos, Carolyn Parisi, Krissy Kownack and Suzy Graf for the excellent care given to her with respect and affection.

The family suggests donations in lieu of flowers to the Alzheimer's Association, 4 Pine West Plaza #405, Albany, NY 12205.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, October 13th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Sunday, October 13th, 2019 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home
    133 Broad Street (Rte. 32)
    WATERFORD, NY 12188
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  • Service

    Monday, October 14th, 2019 | 9:00am
    Monday, October 14th, 2019 9:00am
    St. Augustine's Church
    534 4th Avenue
    TROY, NY 12182
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  • Interment

    St. Michael's Cemetery
    Middletown Rd
    WATERFORD, NY 12188
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Ginger Will

Posted at 09:40pm
We were very fortunate to live next door to Joan in Schahgticoke for many years. I would clean her house each week and while there would have many great conversations. She also joined our Red Hat group the Hat-I-tudes of Schaghticoke and attended many fun activities with our group. Joan was always beautifully dressed and was one “classy lady”. She loved to shop and had many closets filled with her purchases. Unfortunately, we were gone on a 8 day cruise when she passed so didn’t attend the wake or funeral. We hope that you have many wonderful memories of Joan that will live with you and the family. Love, Ginger and Pete

Kathy Westerholt

Posted at 05:56pm
I am so sorry for your loss. I taught with Joan at Turnpike Elementary for many years. She helped me so much particularly when I was moved to first grade after being in the upper grades my whole career. I knew nothing about the first grade. She guided me through it very successfully. She was a great friend and mentor. I am so sorry that I can't attend the wake or funeral mass to express this to the family. I will remember her always as a caring and lovely human being.

Jodie Calvert

Posted at 05:23pm
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