Joan (Balke) Wood of Fredericksburg, VA, former Terryville resident passed away Tuesday, Aug. 31 at the age of 85 after a long illness with lung cancer. Joan was born November 20, 1935 in Hartford, daughter of the late Gustave and Mary (Serdechny) Balke and sister to the late John Balke.
She lived in Terryville for more than 43 years before moving to New Britain in 1978 and then West Burke, VT in 2003 with her lifelong companion of 39 years, Albert Herzog who preceded her in death in 2012. She relocated to Fredericksburg, VA in 2016 where she was living with her son Arthur Wood until the time of her death. Joan graduated from Terryville High School in 1955. She was a member of the Austrian Donau Club and the Alpenland Tänzer Schuhplatters, New Britain, CT. Joan loved to travel, sing and dance. She enjoyed life and made friends everywhere she went.
Joan leaves behind her son and daughter-in-law, Arthur and Diane Wood, Fredericksburg, VA, sister-in-law Caroline Stevenson, Belfast, Ireland, niece Francesca and John Hall, Los Angelos, CA, nephew Jonathon and Rebecca Balke, Glasgow, Scotland, 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Grandchildren include Matthew and Sarah Wood, Charlotte, NC; Jacki and Johnny Dumas, Ramstein, Germany; Arthur (Rob) Wood III, Seattle WA; Melanie Johnson and Madelyn Johnson, Fredericksburg, VA; and Marissa and Michael Mittura, Ruther Glen, VA. Great grandchildren include Michael Wood, Charlotte, NC; and Andrew Mittura, Ruther Glen, VA.
Relatives and friends may call Scott Funeral Home, 169 Main St Terryville, CT on Sunday, Sept. 26 from 2 - 4 p.m. She will be buried at Hillside Cemetery in Terryville, CT at a private ceremony on Monday, September 27.