March 29, 1929 — September 8, 2017
WARRENSBURG — Joan A. (Bergman) Noble, 88, of Echo Lake Road, peacefully passed into the arms of The Lord Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 at Glens Falls Hospital, following a short illness.
Born March 29, 1929 in Floral Park, Long Island, she was the daughter of the late Charles W. and Harriet F. (McCoy) Bergman.
Joan attended public schools in Floral Park before earning her degree as an RN. She worked in the New York City area for several years before relocating to the north county, where she became a nursing instructor at Adirondack Community College. She was also a certified tester of nursing applicants for licensure for the NYS Boards. Joan was known as a strict yet effective teacher, who claimed that she had taught nursing for so long that Florence Nightingale very well may have been one of her students.
One of the charter members and officers of the Glens Falls Medical Mission, Joan traveled to Santa Rosa, Guatemala, twice a year for almost 40 years. Although she didn’t speak Spanish, she assumed the role of health teacher on these missions. In later years, she served as a charter member of LaMancha, Inc. and traveled with that group, as well, to perform infrastructure improvements in the Hogar de lay Ninas (girl’s home) in Culepa, Guatemala.
In addition to her parents, Joan is predeceased by her husband, Stanley Edward Noble, who passed away on Aug. 20, 1988; her brother, Charles E. Bergman; beloved sister, Marilyn P. Bergman; and step-daughter, Lee (Noble) Rafferty.
She is survived by two step-children, Scott Brent Noble of Hudson Falls and Sally (Noble) Wallace (Richard) of Athol; four grandsons, Jamie Rafferty, Thomas Noble, Robert Noble and Richie Wallace; great-grandchildren, Hayden Scott Noble and Oliver and Olivia Wallace; two nieces, Lisa M. Lawrence of Fairfax, Virginia and Therese A. “Tabby” Cochran of Riverside, Illinois; sister-in-law, Donna Bergman; son-in-law, Jim Rafferty; special friends, Gail Needham and Annette Minnick; and several extended family members and dear friends.
Friends may call on Joan’s family from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13 at the Alexander Funeral Home, 3809 Main St. Warrensburg.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 14 at St. Cecilia’s RC Church, 3802 Main St. Warrensburg, with Fr. Paul Cox officiating.
Rite of committal will take place on Friday, Sept. 15 in St. Johns Cloister Cemetery, Middle Village, where she will be interred with her beloved husband.
Please visit www.alexanderfh.net for online guestbook, condolences, and directions.