Joan Kraatz Lenny, age 84 of Wappingers Falls, NY, ended her journey with Alzheimer’s at
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home on April 14, 2020 surrounded by her family. She was born May 29, 1935 at home in
Saddle River, NJ to John and Rose (nee Fitzpatrick) Kraatz.
From a young age Joan was drawn to music. She graduated from Mannes College of Music in
New York City in 1958 and chose teaching as her profession. Joan loved to teach and often told
stories of her musical direction of school plays and chaperoning trips to Europe with her
students. After teaching in private Catholic schools for many years, Joan moved to Orange
County, NY in 1985 and shortly thereafter began teaching music in the public school system,
finishing her career as the general music teacher at Washingtonville Middle School.
Joan was a devoted Catholic, most recently a parishioner at St. Mary’s in Wappingers Falls, NY.
For many years Joan was the organist at Sacred Heart Church in Monroe, NY. She loved
leading her choir and was happy to continue to play music during her retirement. Throughout
her life, Joan loved to volunteer her time to local needs. She was a Girl Scout troop leader, the
treasurer on the local community board, ladies auxiliary member for Sterling Forest firehouse,
and a docent at Storm King Arts Center. As a lifelong animal lover, Joan was also very active
with many animal rights charities.
Joan was predeceased by her parents, her sister Jean Kraatz Fecteau, and her very close and
very loved cousins. Joan is survived by her daughter Elizabeth Lenny Ferrara and her partner
Robert Hughes, and by her grandchildren Xander Monroe Ferrara and Paxon Rose Ferrara to
whom she was known as KitKat.
A memorial mass and celebration of life will be held at a future date. Donations in Joan’s name
may be made to Stray Help, PO Box 245 Fishkill, NY 12524 www.strayhelp.org, or Alzheimer's Association
.Arrangements are under the care of Delehanty Funeral Home, 64 East Main Street, Wappingers
Falls, NY 12590. To send a condolence, visit www.delehantyfuneral.com