Joan Ferris St. John, age 89, of Short Hills passed away peacefully on August 4th, 2019, surrounded by family at the Winchester Gardens, a Retirement Community in Maplewood, NJ. She was the loving mother of Timothy R. Schmidt (Debora) of Somerville, MA and Elizabeth S. McCulloch (Scott) of Berkeley Heights, NJ, the loving step-mother to Robert St. John (Urch) and Peter St. John (Margot). She was the beloved sister of Maurice J. Ferris (Kathy) and Betsy F. Puchner (Peter) and the devoted grandmother of Holly, Dan, and Reed Schmidt as well as Tyler, Sean, and Kyle McCulloch, as well as Christopher, Peter and Matthew St. John.
Joan grew up in Orange, New Jersey, attended The Beard School and graduated from Pine Manor Junior College in Wellesley, MA. She worked in advertising at R. J. Goerke Co. in Elizabeth, NJ and Gunther Jaeckel in New York. After her marriage to the late Bob Schmidt, she became a volunteer with the Junior League, and was devoted to that organization, especially to New Eyes for the Needy in Millburn. Later in life, she married Bill St. John (also late) and together they enjoyed traveling and spending time in their summer place in Bay Head, NJ.
Joan was a very religious person and became involved in social activities at St. Rose of Lima Church in Short Hills. Her greatest joy of all was her grandchildren. She was always available for them with toys, puzzles and games. Each one was very special to her and each had a special place in her heart. Joan was a kind, caring, selfless individual who always wanted to know what she could do for others.
To celebrate Joan’s life, a funeral mass will be held at St. Rose of Lima in Short Hills on Thursday, Aug 8th at 10:00am.