Obituaries: Joan Marie Wotton


Joan Marie Wotton, 81, returned to her heavenly home on Monday, July 18, 2016.




She was so much to so many and she enjoyed nothing more than time with her family.  Joan had such an open heart and gave love openly and unconditionally.  It has been a blessing to have her in our lives and she will live strongly in our hearts and prayers.  Her presence will be missed but her spirit will be enjoyed.




Joan was a loving daughter, mother, wife, grandmother and friend.  She took great pride in seeing her family and especially loved to visit with all of her beautiful grandchildren.  She truly created a home where everyone felt loved.  She taught all of her children to work hard, love each other and believe in yourself.




Joan is survived by her children, Kelley Gantner, her husband Ken of St. Petersburg, FL, Patty Dionne, her husband Allen of Canton, CT, Holly Letizio, her husband Jimmy of Bristol, CT, Harry Wotton III of Woodstock, CT and Darroll Wotton and his wife, Rayna of Sturbridge, MA; her 16 grandchildren; her two sisters, Patricia Fox and Betty Jane Colossa and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, Harold Wotton Jr.




Joan was born to Joseph and Anna Blum on June 12, 1935, in Bristol, CT. She was married to Harold (“Buster”) for 29 years, where she spent her life with him raising and caring for her family.  Upon his death, Joan went to work for Calco Construction as their bookkeeper, working there for 20 years until her retirement.  Joan was a devote Catholic and a member of St Gregory the Great Church since it was founded in 1957.  Joan was blessed to spend her last few months with her two sisters in St. Petersburg, FL.




Joan’s funeral was held on Thursday, July 28, 2016 beginning at 9:15 a.m. from O’Brien Funeral Home 24 Lincoln Ave., Forestville/Bristol and proceeded to St. Gregory the Great Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m.  Committal services and interment followed in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol.  Calling hours were held on Wednesday between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Gregory the Great Church, 235 Maltby St., Bristol.  To leave an online message of condolence, share a memory or photo, please visit Joan’s memorial page at





Wotton, Joan