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Joan Junker

Friday, May 2nd, 1930 - Thursday, May 30th, 2019


Joan T. Junker, 89, a long-time resident of Goose Rocks Beach, died Thursday morning, May 30, 2019 at Seal Rock Healthcare in Saco. She was born in Newton, MA on May 2, 1930, a daughter of Homer Sanford and Helen (Winchester) Tilton. She grew up in Newton and graduated from Newton High School.

Joan met William A. Junker on the sands of Goose Rocks Beach and they were married on February 18, 1950. She raised her children as a stay-at-home mom and was very involved in all of their childhood activities. Joan was a tireless volunteer over the years for several endeavors, including the Georgetown, MA Public School System where she was a teacher aide and a member of the Sports Boosters.

After to moving to Maine in 1976, she became an avid birder and continued her volunteer work at Laudholm Farm with bird banding and research projects. She was instrumental in the protection of nesting Piping Plovers at Goose Rocks. Joan was a 35-year volunteer at the former Webber Hospital and Southern Maine Medical Center, now Southern Maine Healthcare. Joan enjoyed traveling on Recreation Department trips and attending performances at the Portland Symphony Orchestra. Later in life, she became a devoted Red Sox fan and delighted in the team's success as she learned more about the game of baseball.

She loved to spend time with friends and family, especially her grandchildren, and relished the chance to host and entertain anytime of the year. Her homemade chocolate chip cookies, chocolate sauce, and macaroni & cheese were unmatched, as were her laughter and kindness. Joan put the needs of others before her own. She just wanted everyone to be happy. When her family needed something, Joan was there.

Joan’s family had been coming to Goose Rocks since the early 1900s. She reveled in sharing old family stories keeping that history alive. After being lifelong summer residents, Joan and William (Muz and Fuz, to some) moved full-time to the beach in 1976. They spent 42 wonderful years as the number one advocates for living year-round in Maine.

Joan is predeceased by her husband William A. Junker. Survivors include three children: daughter Joanne J. Arrington and husband Alpheus of Woodbridge, VA, son William A. Junker III and wife Maria of Goose Rocks Beach, Kennebunkport, son Eric Junker and his partner Denyse Wise of Hills Beach, ME, former daughter in law Lenore McDonald of Oakland, CA.;
five grandchildren: Lillie, Michael, Matthew, Nicholas, and Emily Junker; one step grandson Alpheus Arrington, III and his son David; one brother, John W. Tilton of Carlsbad, CA, one sister-in-law, Hildegard Junker of Kennebunk; and several nieces and nephews across the country and in Canada.

Joan's family wishes to sincerely thank Dr. David Strassler, the entire staff of Seal Rock Healthcare in Saco as well as staff at Hospice of Southern Maine for their incredible, kind, and compassionate care.

Visiting hours will be on Sunday, June 2, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer Street, Kennebunk. Joan touched the hearts of many. A Celebration of Life will be held in September and details will be provided by the family when final arrangements have been made.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to donate in her memory are encouraged to send a conribution to: Laudholm Trust, PO Box 1007, Wells, ME 04090; or Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, PO Box 7004, Cape Porpoise, ME 04014.

To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit Joan’s Book of Memories Page at

Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043.

Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Bibber Memorial Chapel-Kennebunk
    67 Summer Street
    Sunday, June 2nd, 2019
    3:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Interment

    Hope Cemetery
    1 Barnard Lane
    PO Box 211
    Interment will take place in September, 2019
A Celebration Of Life Service will be announced for September, 2019

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Kris Archer

Bill, I was so sad to hear about your mother's passing. I have always had great memories of both your mother and father. I still have the photo I took in '81 or '82 of the whole gang in their backyard. It is one of my favorite memories of those years. I is nice to know that your mother and father are together again. Kris Archer
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Rebecca Bradley

I spent many happy hours banding birds with Joan and June. Joan was a lovely woman and the whole crew adored her. I have planted a tree in her memory in my garden in South Carolina. Rebecca Bradley
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Dorothy Andrews

I met Joanie bird banding and oh what fun we had whether in the cold barn or under the most beautiful copper tree. None of us enjoyed the early get up but once together our friendship and respect warmed our hearts and chilled bodies. Patient, brilliant, dedicated and a friend to all!
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Paul Dest

Joanie was a true treasure to us at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm. We so loved her positive and friendly manner and her dedication to wildlife (particularly birds) and to conservation. For over 20 years, once a day every week -- sometimes more often -- she and Master Bird-Bander June Ficker would arrive well before sunrise to set up their nets and banding station. They would capture birds, record information about birds, and then release them to the wild. But in addition to recording vital information for science, the bird banding was hugely popular with visitors. So many area visitors and residents were "turned on" to birding and conservation because of these efforts. In the fall, Joanie and June and other banding crew members would return to the Reserve to capture and band saw-whet owls. I and the staff at the Wells Reserve/Laudholm so appreciate all the wonderful times we shared with Joanie over the years. Our memories of her will remain with us forever. To the Junker family, our deepest sympathy. -- Paul Dest, Director, Wells Reserve at Laudholm
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Elizabeth W.Norwat

I have known and loved Joan all my life. We live far away,but whenever we are at Goose Rocks, we always visited and was glad we did last year when they were both there. Her mother and mine were best friends from the age of 3 and were maid's of honor for each other in their weddings. Our families go way back. I am saddened by her passing,but am so glad she could stay in her home that she loved. Don joins me in sending our deepest sympathy to all of you for your loss. Love to all of you, Betsy (Doe) Norwat
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