Joan M. Gilbertson

Joan M. Gilbertson

Joan M. Gilbertson

October 10, 1946~May 16, 2021

Joan was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Oct. 10, 1946 to George and Joyce Gilbertson. She was the second oldest of four children. Her family moved to Ft. Lauderdale in 1951 where Joan attended St. Anthony’s School, Ft. Lauderdale High and Barry College. She had various jobs ranging from secretarial to teaching at St Anthony’s School. She was a communicant at St. Anthony’s church where she was a member St. Anthony’s Women’s Guild and volunteered at Respect Life. She was also a member of the DAR and the Fort Lauderdale Orchid Society.
Joan was a loving and caring person who exemplified altruism, being a caregiver for her parents and other family members. Joan was also a gourmet cook and loved to entertain and was well known as a gracious host at her annual Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day parties. She had the gift for gab, a great sense of humor, always having a smile on her face and a glass of wine in her hand. She had a positive fun loving attitude and the desire to make people happy. She loved to travel and enjoy new experiences and had a zest for life. She had a strong faith in God which helped her navigate through difficult physical and other challenges. She is survived by her son Christopher Stachowski and her daughter Beth Gilbertson, along with her grandchildren Stephen C. Gilbertson and Mia Diaz who all live in Ft. Lauderdale and her two brothers and their wives Stephen and Barbara Gilbertson and Dennis Gilbertson and Jane Carson who live in Jensen Beach. She is predeceased by her parents and brother, George Gilbertson Jr.
( by Dennis Gilbertson)
I planted a tree that she gave to me
It’s grown tall and majestic, but she’ll never see
The branches stretched out like arms towards the sun
As if joyfully dancing all just for fun
Here together I thought we would be
Admiring the splendor, of this beautiful tree
Sipping some wine, with a smile on her face
Joanie would love to be here in this place.
Instead she’s gone, Gods taken her away
Perhaps I’ll learn why, in the future someday.
Whenever I gaze upon this tree
I’ll know that she’s here spiritually.
She silently looks down from the heavens above
With a glass in her hand, sending her love
The mark she leaves upon this Earth
Can only be remembered, by her smile and her mirth
Into God’s hand we do commend thee
To a banquet of love for eternity


Kalis-McIntee Funeral & Cremation Center

  • May 27, 2021
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  • 2505 North Dixie Highway
    Wilton Manors, FL 33305

Mass of Christian Burial

St. Anthony Catholic Church

  • May 28, 2021
  • 11 am
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  • 901 NE 2 Street
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301


Lauderdale Memorial Park

  • May 28, 2021
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    Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33315


Jennifer Morgan

May 22, 2021, 9:19 pm

I was deeply saddened to learn of Joan’s passing. She was a wonderful lady and always a lot of fun. Our families have been friends for years and I have many happy memories of her legendary parties, particularly her annual Christmas party. Life just won’t be the same without her. My heart goes out to her family during this difficult time. Heaven has a new angel in their midst, may she forever rest in peace.

Walter & Marita Trcak

May 23, 2021, 2:42 pm

We were deeply saddened on the passing of our dear friend Joan. Her loss is a great loss that can’t be filled by others. She was unique, amazing, & wonderful friend and a sister. She will be greatly missed by us. May her soul Rest In Peace🙏⛪️❤️
Our heartfelt sympathy to the family & may God give them strength, peace & love during this time.

Beth Gilbertson

May 23, 2021, 6:15 pm


Somewhere in my heart beneath all my grief and pain,

Is a smile I still wear at the sound of your dear name.

The precious word is ‘MOTHER’, she was my world you see,

But now my heart is breaking cause she’s no longer here with me.

God chose her for His angel to watch me from above,

To guide me and advise me and know that I’m still loved.

The day she had to leave me when her life on earth was through,

God had better plans for her, for this, I surely knew.

When I think of her kind heart and all those loving years,

My memories surround me and I can’t hold back the tears.

She truly was my best friend, someone I could confide in,

She always had a tender touch and a warm and gentle grin.

I want to thank you Mother for teaching me so well,

And though the time has come that I must bid you this farewell.

I’ll remember all you’ve taught me and make you proud you’ll see.

Thank you my Dear Mother for all the love you showed me.

Although you’ve left this earth and now you’ve taken flight,

I know that you are here with me each morning, noon and night.

Your Daughter ,

Lisa Caddenhead

May 23, 2021, 7:04 pm

My condolences to Beth and the family. Joan was always like a mother to me. I loved her very much. She took me in when I was just a kid and even though sometimes she didn’t like Beth and I together she was always there for me. I will never forget the love so showed me and her memory will live on in my heart forever and always. ❤️ It adopted daughter Lisa

Brian Caddenhead

May 23, 2021, 8:14 pm

May God Bless you & your family during these times. Praying for all of you.

Vera Lynch

May 25, 2021, 7:25 am

David and Vera Lynch
May 25, 2021.

We know that there is no word I can say to take the pain away, but please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
God bless you.

John McKenna

May 25, 2021, 7:31 am

Being a friend of her son’s Joan has looked out for and advised me correctly about life for a very long time. This world will miss and needs more Joan’s. My deepest condolences to her family and friends. Joan was one of a kind.

Linda Steele

May 25, 2021, 7:02 pm

I was four and she was five when Joanie and I first met. I lived across the side street, two doors down, with my Grandparents, and we watched the new family’s cool, modern house being built. Her house was the first place I was allowed to go by myself, and at first, I was so small, I couldn’t reach the carport doorbell. So, I would knock as hard as I could, and somehow Dear Mimi would always hear me, come to the door, clap her hands, and say, “Is that my little girl?”
It was!

And in that busy, boisterous household, I was accepted as myself. I have always been a serious little duck, while Joanie always played the party girl – she let me laugh, I let her be serious. I became the sister Joanie always wanted, and she gave me a family I always wanted – another sweet grandmother, Mimi; cherished and wise parents, George & Joyce; kind and handsome brothers, George, Stephen, and Dennis (upon whom I had total crushes at various times!); beloved and courageous children, Chris and Bethie; and wondrous, beautiful grandchildren, Stephen and Mia.
Ours was a perfect friendship.

And she had so many friends! Joanie was the Pied Piper of People. She had a magic about her – a genuine gift from God – that made everyone who met her want to be with her, learn from her, please her. I saw her teach – when the bells rang, her students didn’t want to leave her classes, while incoming students raced to her room.

I never saw anyone like her, I never met anyone like her.

I will miss her.

And I will look forward to seeing her again.

Buddy Sherman

May 25, 2021, 8:33 pm

Our deepest sympathies to family and close friends. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Buddy Sherman
& Southport Raw Bar Family

Bill Freeman

May 26, 2021, 8:27 pm

Joan, you have been my friend for longer than I can remember. The Christmas Eve parties with your family which you continued for years after your parents passed.
The adventures we shared so many times.
You have been an instigator and an arbitrator and I loved all of it.
I will miss our Thur night phone calls as I drove home from work.
I smile when I think of the fun we had and I shed a tear to know there will be no more in this life. But we shall meet again soon and pick up where we left off.
You were a wonderful friend and an amazing human.
I love you and you will be truly missed

Kris Siefker Wright

May 26, 2021, 10:24 pm

Chris and Beth I am so saddened to hear of your mothers passing. Heaven has gained a new Angel, your mother was one in a million. You were Blessed that God chose her to be yours. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless You xoxox

Michael & Carol Long

May 27, 2021, 9:36 am

Our hearts ache knowing a friend (the original night crawler) has passed. She was loved for her spunkiness, her kindness, her humor and her overall loving attitude. We will miss being all together, but will never forget her spirit and will always celebrate the gift of knowing her. We were blessed having time on this planet with the whole Florida/Northern Connection gatherings enjoyed through the years. Prayers to the friends and family left behind, you are in our thoughts. Loves always, Michael & Carol

Kristin West-Silverman

May 27, 2021, 12:56 pm

Beautiful obituary and so perfectly describing of Joan. So very sorry for your loss. Joan was one of a kind and will be missed.

Marian and Jimmy Clark

May 27, 2021, 5:18 pm

We were so sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. She was so full of life and fun. I have always been especially grateful to her for the love and attention she always showed to my mother, Betty Freeman. I’m sure that Mom and Joan are having a lovely reunion in heaven. Rest in peace, Joan.

Donna Pierce Freeman

May 27, 2021, 5:26 pm

Perfect picture of Joan—a glass of cheer in her hand. Always up for fun, but just as ready to lend support during life’s challenges. A dear friend to three generations of Freemans. She will live on in our hearts. Cheers, Joan!

Dean Freeman and Lisa Lin-Freeman

May 27, 2021, 10:01 pm

Joan was one of the most fun people in my life. She was like an aunt and I miss her very much. It breaks my heart to miss the funeral and I hope she understands. Her memory will always be cherished especially on 4th of July and Christmas Eve.

We wish her family and friends comfort through this difficult time. May she Rest In Peace.

Natalie Leighton

May 28, 2021, 10:07 am

Sending love and prayers to Joan’s family and friends.
Joan was a wonderful lady with lots of fun and laughter!
She will be missed by everyone who knew and loved her.

Judy Delisle

May 28, 2021, 11:48 am

I have fond memories of Joan and me at Jane and Dennis house ,while they were
in Germany for October fest! Domino their dog had arthritis bad in his back legs
and needed help going up and down the stairs to go outside!
Joan had me in stitches when we helped Domino down the stair because Joan
had a bad back so I always had the rear end!Anyone who knew Joan can just
imagine her funny comments
I can hear Joan up in heaven making everyone laugh
No one can take our precious memories away! You will always be in my heart and my prayers Joan ❤

Don Gilbertson

May 29, 2021, 2:36 pm

Joan, although cousins, you were my sister and my best friend.
I will never forget you, since I was 12 you were a large part of my life.
From days of losing one shoe to the trips to Colorado, you were there to help, always.
You were one of the last persons who knew my whole story.
I will forever keep you in my heart and tell the stories of us, even the fireplace one.

May your family be comforted, knowing how you touched all around you with joy and happiness.

Love Donnie

Laurence Tatro

June 1, 2021, 8:56 pm

My dear close friend of 40+ years!!!
Always fun to be with!
Generous to a fault!
My sister from another mother!
I will think of you often!
And miss you forever!
Love always, Larry

Dennis Gilbertson

June 10, 2021, 6:07 pm

My Sister Joan , a smart, wonderful, caring and lovely person.
“As per Kippling, Joan never knew what ripples of healing she set in motion by her simply smiling. She made so many happy by her actions, words and deeds. What a fantastic sister to be blessed with. The one in our lives who illustrated how to be a force to enjoy life no matter what obstacles are placed in one’s path and hers were many. I loved her in so many ways and learned about life for her. I can never repay her for that. I look forward to seeing her again in God’s heavenly Kingdom., God willing”

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