Joanna (Cochrane) Wakeman, 78, a resident of 18 years of Stonington, Conn., died Saturday, March 9, 2019, as the result of an unexpected accident in Mystic, Conn.
Affectionately known as “Joey” to her family and friends, she was the beloved wife of 35 years to Seth F. Wakeman, who sadly also died due to the unexpected accident.
Joanna was born in Walton, Nova Scotia, Canada, the daughter of James and Avis (Rolfe) Cochrane. Moving to the U.S. in 1946, settling in New London, Conn., Joanna graduated from New London High School with the class of 1958.
Joanna had a long and varied career in the health and medicine field. Joanna specialized in private senior caregiving, which drew upon her abilities as an emergency medical technician and bookkeeper from Fraser and Schmidt Urology.
Joanna connected with the outdoors, and channeled that inspiration into poetry and art. She delighted in being around people, hosting parties and get-togethers, reading and playing cribbage with Seth. She was passionate about shopping, which included browsing through the clearance sections of department stores and sifting through thrift shops.
Joanna was able to take on a matriarchal role in her family, which was robustly rooted in wisdom, peace, and humor. She was a devoted mom, confidant, and friend to her children. Her love and understanding for her grandchildren knew no bounds.
Joanna is survived by her three sons, Michael Losacano of Niantic, Conn., David Losacano of Mystic, and William Losacano and his wife, Siri, of Norway; three stepsons, Peter Wakeman of Narragansett, R.I., David Wakeman of Noank, Conn., and Andrew Wakeman and his wife, Miriam, of San Diego, Calif.; her sister Patricia Nossek and her husband, John, of Waterford, Conn.; brother Richard Cochrane and his wife, Donna, of Niantic; seven grandchildren, Jennifer, Katelyn, Thomas, Loren, Max, Ella, and Odin; and one step-granddaughter, Molly. She was predeceased by a brother, George Cochrane, and a sister, Donna San Juan.
A joint celebration of Joanna and Seth’s life will be held Monday, March 18, from 5 to 8 pm at the Mystic Funeral Home, located on Route 1 in Mystic. For those wishing to locate the funeral home with GPS, please use 51 Williams Ave., Mystic, for the physical address. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 20, at 12 pm at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Edgartown. A private burial will be held in Chilmark.
In remembering Joanna, please consider a donation in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 North Michigan Ave., FL17, Chicago IL 60601, or at alz.org.