Joann Gaspar of Edgartown died on January 15 at the Mass General Hospital. She was 53 and the cause of death was pneumonia.
Joann Ford, as some of us knew her, came from Pembroke. She first came to the Vineyard in 1994 to attend a dart tournament. Asked by a friend to come along, she had not known the Vineyard existed.
Like many weekenders who come to the Vineyard, she fell in love with the Island. She found a place to stay and a job at Granite's in Edgartown. She also worked at the Nunpaug Restaurant in the old building at the Martha's Vineyard Airport, and she was a caregiver to Kari Reynolds Seacord. She started a house-cleaning business, and then she got a job with Hertz, cleaning and washing cars. She loved to ride horses.
Joann met Jaime in 1994. We had lots of fun together, and we were married in 2006.
Joann was the daughter of the late Leonard and Dorothy Lapham, the loving wife of Jaime B. Gaspar of Edgartown, the beloved mother of Renae Quintal Jordan of Tennessee and Mark Quintal Jr. of Tennessee. She was the sister of Doren Resse of California, Thomas Lapham of Hingham, James Lapham of Pembroke, Barbara Smith of Connecticut, Joyce Daniels of Plymouth, and the late Ellen Lapham.
Joann is also survived by four stepchildren, Nancy Lee Brown of Vineyard Haven, Kimberly Gaspar Johnson of Oak Bluffs, Buffie Gaspar DeSouza of Oak Bluffs, Jamie Ann Greene of Edgartown, and her best friend, Melissa Lee, and her special dog, Razzle.
A graveside service was held in Pembroke on January 22. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
God saw she
God saw she was getting tired and a cure was not to be,
So he put his arms around her and whispered, "come with me."
With tearful eyes we watched her suffer and saw her fade away,
Although we loved her dearly, We could not make her stay.
A golden heart stopped beating, hard-working hands came to rest,
God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.