Joan C. Barcus

Joan C. Barcus

August 04, 1957 ~ September 06, 2023

Date of Service:
September 20, 2023


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Joan Barcus, 66, died Wednesday, September 6, 2023, at her home in Vero Beach, Florida.

Joan was born in Perth Amboy, NJ in 1957. She was very active throughout her youth, including playing tennis and softball. She was the first freshman to make the varsity tennis team at her high school. She served on student council and was also a twirler in her high school marching band. She also attended both Middlesex Community College and Rutgers University to obtain her marketing degree. She worked in advertising in NJ for a number of years, where some of her work can still be seen on product labels today.

She moved to Vero Beach, Florida, in 1989. She joined her parents as longtime season ticket holders for the Vero Beach Dodgers and befriended a lot of players over the years before the Dodgers moved to Arizona.

She was an avid sports fan that could be found at Dodger games with family, in the stands at the VBHS football games while her daughter was in high school, at the baseball field from rec ball to SRHS watching her son play, or watching her grandchildren play football, softball, baseball, but she also attended many dance recitals for her grandchildren.

While working for MBV Engineering, Inc. for almost 30 years, Joan was introduced to the Exchange Club. Joan was an active member of Exchange that received the Exchangite of the Year award in 2012 and served as Club President from 2016-2017. She volunteered for many events through Exchange. She also gave countless hours to Little League Baseball over the years.

Joan loved her family and friends dearly. She is survived by her loving husband, William “Bill” Barcus; her mother, Elaine Brennan; her father-in-law David Barcus, her daughter, Jessica (and Roger) Hawkins; her son, Christopher (and Amber) Barcus; her step-daughter, Kathy (and Chris) Lawson; her step-daughter, Terri (and Sevi) Fuentes; her sister, Terri; and her 10 grandchildren (Mark Hawkins, Abby Hawkins, Kendall Bersani, Jaxon Barcus, Jagger Barcus, Anthem Lawson, Isabel Lawson, Angel Fuentes, Nico Fuentes, and Niyah Fuentes), numerous nieces and nephews, plus countless cousins, friends, and co-workers.

She was predeceased by her father, John Brennan and her mother-in-law, Alice “Betty” Barcus.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, September 20, 2023, from 5:30pm – 7:30 pm at The Heritage Center (2140 14th Avenue; Vero Beach).

Memorial Contributions can be made in Joan’s name to VNA & Hospice Foundation (920 37th Place #101; Vero Beach, FL  32960). Below is a link if you can add it to the page:

Arrangements are by Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero Beach.

Date of Service:
September 20, 2023


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Linda Weckesser - Friend

September 13, 2023, 11:25 am

I will miss you my dear friend. We shared so many good times over the years. So glad we reconnected in Florida many years later. Rest in Peace Joan.❤️

Rita Stanton - Friend

September 15, 2023, 3:16 pm

Ms. Joan, I will dearly missed you, I was glad I got to shared with you my sincere appreciations, I cannot thank you enough for not minding in flooding your ears about my story in less than 5 minutes every time you came to the drive thru. You made a BIG impact in our lives, for that you may gone too soon but you will never be forgotten. I hope you get to meet my mother and become bestie in heaven just like us here on earth. I forever treasure your kindness and thoughtfulness. RIP Ms. Jo-an

Lara San Martin - Hairstylist

September 15, 2023, 4:54 pm

Hugs and I will miss you so much, rest in heaven my friend

Karen & Charlie Hommel - Friend

September 17, 2023, 7:52 pm

Joanie, the memories are beautiful and endless….we will remember all the times we spent together at the baseball games, going out for football, Xmas at your Mom’s, parties at my house, parties at yours…..we will keep all those memories close to our heats, so that you will always be with us…..sincere condolences for Elaine, Jess & Family, Chris & Family, and family and friends from everywhere……Rest in Peace, My Friend… will never be forgotten…until we meet again…………….

Charlie & Karen Hommel - Friend

September 17, 2023, 9:36 pm

Bill, keep all those precious memories close to your heart, so they can comfort you on a daily basis…….sending you our loving thoughts and prayers……Joanie was the Best and we were so blessed to be able to call her our Friend…….the world is a much better place because Joan was a part of it…….❌⭕️

Jill Shari (Cohen) Pearlman - childhood friend

March 30, 2024, 3:05 pm

My dear friend from NJ, My sincere condolences to your beloved family and friends. We met during our years at School 19 in MPT. How lucky I was to be able to join you at your home during our lunch breaks! You welcomed me! You lived amazingly close to the school! Then there were the slumber parties with other Terrace friends- so much fun!! We survived our years in Junior High, and then it was on to JFK High. We were both in marching band, you as a talented twirler, me in Colorguard (rifle). Joan, there are sweet memories of you, as a fun and caring friend. My wonderful daughter Daria passed away in 2014- you would like each other ❤️Thankful for the wonder that FB can be. Back in 2010, when my daughter Cara’s dog went missing, you read my post about it, and you responded with advice and support (from your daughter’s experience…?). It was so comforting. Thankfully, Nala found her way home the next day . I will never forget you, Joan…you are part of my heart xoxo ❤️Love, Jill Shari (Cohen) Pearlman, Wakefield, Mass. “Rest in Peace Joan”

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