Joan A. Truehart

ATHOL — Joan Adell (Coffin) Truehart of Athol died peacefully at Applewood Home for Elders on Aug. 1, 2017.

She was born in North Orange on July 3, 1933, to the late Naphtali and Hazel (Green) Coffin. She was predeceased by her husband Donald P. Truehart in 1990. She was one of eight siblings, and was predeceased by her sisters Louise Lachance and Evelyn Copeland and brother Richard Coffin. She is survived by sisters Edna Blackmer of Athol, and Alice (and husband Gordon) Crowe of South Carolina, and brothers Bernal (and wife Shirley) Coffin of Daytona Beach Fla., and Alan “Tiny” (and wife Cheryl) Coffin of West Yarmouth.

She leaves three children, all of Athol, Rebecca (and husband David) Bialecki, Melissa Barber and Jonathan (and wife Debbie) Robbins. She leaves her beloved grandchildren, Heather Bialecki Canning (and Dennis) of Athol, Jeffrey Bialecki of Auburn, Jennifer Elliott of Greenfield, Daniel (and Megan) Barber of Greenfield, Chelsea and Seth Robbins of Tennessee, Jonathan Robbins of Maine, Melissa (and Patrick) Allsobrooks of Templeton, Ryan Daigle of Athol, and Dusten Daigle of Keene, N.H. She also had nine great-grandchildren. 

Joan worked at the Erving Paper Mill, the “Pant Shop” in Orange and retired from Starretts after more than 20 years. She had been an active member of the Emblem Club, the Bethany Lutheran Church and the Wheelerville Women’s Club. She loved bingo, crafts and cooking for her family.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, Aug. 6, from 1 to 3 p.m., at Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange. A celebration of life will immediately follow at the Wheelerville Community Club, 698 East Main St., Orange.

Interment in Silver Lake Cemetery, Athol, will be private.

Donations in Joan’s memory are suggested to Life Path, Suite 201, 101 Munson St., Greenfield, MA 01301.

Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, is directing the arrangements. You may offer your sympathy online at

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