Joan Lobotsky

Obituary of Joan Lobotsky

Joan Marjorie (Euler) Lobotsky, 92, passed away peacefully on May 22, 2018 at home in Rhinebeck, NY of natural causes.

 

Born on October 26, 1925 in Rhinebeck, NY, she was the daughter of the late C. Stanley and Ethel (Larson) Euler and had been a long time resident of the town. She married John Lobotsky, Jr in Rhinebeck, NY on July 5th, 1953.

 

She graduated from Rhinebeck High School in 1943. Right after graduation, Joan joined the US Cadet Nurse Corps just established that year to ensure that the United States had enough nurses to care for the needs of its citizens on both the home and war fronts. She received her nurse's training at Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, then took an operating room technician post-graduate course at Cornell Medical College in New York City. She worked in Houston, TX for three years at Hermann Hospital under Dr Michael Debakey, the world-renowned cardiac surgeon. She later worked as a nurse at Vassar Hospital in Poughkeepsie.

 

Joan and John bought Saltsman's Florist in 1969 on Rte 308 in Rhinebeck and turned it into Wonderland Florist, which employed many relatives and local residents over the years.

 

Joan Lobotsky was one of the first members of the Northern Dutchess Mothers' Club in the 1950s. She also participated in various charity drives during that time. Joan became a Cub Scout den mother and delighted in inventing many creative activities for her son, Steven and the other boys. She enjoyed rock collecting and hunting for fossils at the gravel pit, swimming, Monday nights with her friends on the Rhinebeck women's bowling league and dancing whenever the occasion presented itself. In spite of a fear of heights, Joan joined the rest of the family in downhill skiing, closing her eyes and humming all the way up in the chairlift. After John built the new building for Wonderland Florist, she enjoyed creating the window displays, kept the accounting books, worked in the greenhouses and interfaced with customers. Joan was always deeply involved with the work on the farm and the florist and greenhouses. Later in life, she enjoyed reading, long walks in the country and bird watching.

In addition to her loving husband, John, of nearly 65 years, she is survived by her children, JoAnne Lobotsky (Stephen Brady) of Riverdale, NY, Steven Lobotsky (Patricia) of Rhinebeck, NY, Susan Calafrancesco (David) of New Braunfels, TX and Lynn Lobotsky of Rhinebeck, NY; her grandchildren, Adam and Nicole Calafrancesco, Christopher Shelton (Andrea Choinsky), Blake Shelton (Tara Patterson), Gregory Lobotsky (Michelle), Nicolas Lobotsky (Sarah) and their two children, Jakson and Lennox (her great grandchildren).

 

She was pre-deceased by her sister, Marjorie Wheeler.

 

Cremation will take place at Wiltwyck Crematory, Kingston, NY. There will be no public memorial service. Because of her love of children and background as a nurse, memorial donations to St. Jude's Children's Hospital would be a wonderful way to honor her memory.