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SOUTHFIELD, Mass. — Joan Valerie Hayden was born in East Rutherford, New Jersey to Etta Bunce and John Schoonmaker. She moved to Southfield, Massachusetts, at a young age. She graduated from New Marlborough School as valedictorian of her class.

Joan was part of the Little Theater now known as Berkshire Theater Festival/Playhouse in Stockbridge and Sharon Playhouse in Sharon. Joan also produced some plays in the 80’s at Mt. Everett High School. She loved to sing and perform. She had a beautiful voice and eventually had her own concert with Steve Ross at the Consolati Performing Arts Center in Sheffield. Joan was part of the choir at the Southfield Church in Southfield.

Joan leaves behind her son, Layne Labshere of Southfield, Massachusetts, and daughter Kimberly Foster of Zephyrhills, Florida. Brothers, Fred Schoonmaker of Southfield Massachusetts, and Peter Ives of Canaan and sister Pamela Cannan of Port Orange, Florida, and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Southfield Church or the New Marlborough First Responders.

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