St. Johnsville – Joan F. Feagles, age 83, passed away peacefully on December 9, 2021, at her home with her loving family by her side.
She was born on May 28, 1938 in Orlando, Florida, the daughter of the late John H. and Mary G. (Anderson) Free. Joan was a 1956 graduate of Bethlehem Central School in Delmar, NY and furthered her education at SUNY Cortland, earning her degree in education.
She was united in marriage to Robert Feagles on August 4, 1962 in Warwick, NY.
Robert and Joan moved their family and farm to Kennedy Road, St. Johnsville, in 1972. Although she did not come from a farm background, when she married her dairy farmer husband 59 years ago, Joan took on a love for the farm, and all that comes with it, including the animals, and the landscaping and gardening projects. While raising her family and working on the farm, Joan was also a Kindergarten teacher in the St. Johnsville Central School District until 1994, where she would encourage agricultural education, especially dairy promotion, into the curriculum and school activities.
Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Robert (Bob) Feagles, Sr.; two daughters, Gail Good of Altoona, PA,, and Judy Littrell of St. Johnsville; two sons; Robert (Bob) Feagles, Jr., and David Feagles (Jennifer) of St. Johnsville; and her beloved grandchildren, Andrew (Jamie), Clara and Vincent Good, Aryn, Jacob, Jonathan, Adam and Owen Feagles, and Laura, Benjamin and Carolyn Littrell.
She was pre-deceased by her parents, and sisters-in-laws Elizabeth Brown and Ruth Durland.
Joan was a 4-H leader for many years, she served on the Montgomery County 4-H Program Committee, Cornell Cooperative Extension Board of Directors, and served over 30 years on the Montgomery County Dairy Promotion Committee. Joan was a Director of the Montgomery County Agricultural Society (Fonda Fair) from 1995 to 2021. She also served on the NYS Dairy of Distinction Board.
Joan has always been known for her love of the farm, the cows, flowers, gardening and keeping an attractive farmstead. Her greatest joys were vacationing in Naples, FL, family gatherings, the Fonda Fair and being a part of her grandchildren’s lives and their activities, especially attending cow shows with her children and grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Joan Feagles Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o NBT Bank at 16 West Main St. St. Johnsville, or any NBT Branch.
Funeral services will take place on Sunday, December 12, 2021 at 3:00 pm at the Vincent A. Enea Funeral Service (next to the Masonic Lodge), 20 Bridge St. St. Johnsville, NY with Rev. David Johnson officiating. Burial at West St. Johnsville Cemetery will take place in the spring of 2022. The family will be receiving relatives and friends at the funeral home on Sunday, December 12, 2021 from 12:00 noon until the time of the services at 3:00 pm.
The family would like to express their sincere thank you to Joan’s care givers, Janice, Lynn, Beth, RoseMarie, Haley, and Kim for the care and compassion shown to Joan and her family.
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