Joan Thomson Balkenberg, born in New York city on the 22nd of March 1926, died at North Cypress Medical Center in Cypress, Texas, on Wednesday the 12th of December 2012, in the presence of family members. Her husband, Louis Balkenberg died in 1991. She is survived by; her daughter from a previous marriage, Patricia Lyn Richards, PhD, of Gambier,Ohio; by Louis children, Judith Roseman of New Jersey, Jerald and Jason Baldenberg of Dayton, Texas; her sister Reverand jane T. McColl of Spring,Texas, and her brother Edward G. Thomson,Esq., of New York City. Joan graduated from Hunter High School in New York city, received her bachelor's degree in economics from Smith College in 1948, followed by two master's degrees, which led to a rich and diverse professional life in education and library science. She was active in local politics and was a founding member and active participant of Heritage Presbyterian Church. In her retirement she continued her many activities, studying Spanish and computer science, attending exercise class and the Bear Creek Friday Coffee Club. A 11 am graveside service will be held on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at North hardyston cemetery, in Hamburg, NJ. Family and friends are invited to meet at 10am at Goble Funeral Home prior to the service.