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.