Joan K. Rahkonen

Apr 01, 2014

Rockland — Joan K. Rahkonen, 82, died peacefully, surrounded by her family, Saturday, March 29, 2014, at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport.

Born in Rockland, Sept. 7, 1931, she was the daughter of Harold and Florence Whitten Kennison. Educated locally, she attended Rockland schools.

Following high school, Joan married Tauno Rahkonen Dec. 7, 1952, in Rockland. Joan spent her life as a dedicated mother to her seven children. They remember her as an excellent cook, and she was well-known for her biscuits. They said as they grew, she changed from giving birthday gifts to giving each one their favorite homemade pie, cake or meal.

Later in life Joan worked as a cook at the Lucette Boarding Home in Thomaston for many years.

Joan was an animal lover, and took great joy and comfort in the seven Saint Bernards she raised over the years. They were her family. She also loved caring for her beloved Bleeding Heart plant in her yard.

Family was everything to Joan. Sunday afternoon gatherings surrounded by her cooking, conversation, and family brought her countless hours of joy and memories that the family will share forever.

She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Predeceased by her husband in 1985, a son Neil W. Rahkonen in 2013, a granddaughter Tara-Lynn Rahkonen in 2005, and four siblings, Joan is survived by her sons, Donald Rahkonen and his wife Cindy of Rockland, Scott Rahkonen and his partner Laurie Prey of South Thomaston, Kevin Rahkonen and his partner Jesse Hooper of Spruce Head; her daughters, Donna Emery, Debra Rahkonen, both of Rockland, Dianne Rahkonen and her partner Wayne Thorndike of South Thomaston; her sister, Rebecca Dyer of Rockland; 18 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

At Joan’s request, her family will be remembering her life privately. She will be laid to rest beside her husband at the Wiley’s Corner Cemetery in St. George.

To share a memory or condolence with Joan’s family, please visit her Book of Memories at bchfh.com. Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland.

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