Joan Porter

Obituary of Joan Porter

Joan D. Porter, 81, of Cortland passed away September 20, 2018 at the Cortland Park and Rehabilitation Center with family by her side. She was born July 27, 1937 in Buffalo NY.


Joan came to the Cortland area as a child with her family and resided locally. She graduated from St. Mary's High School. Over the years Joan had been employed with Smith Corona, Rose Co., BT Jones Jewelry, and North End Liquor Store. Joan enjoyed spending time with her family especially her grandchildren along with anything ladybug related. She enjoyed spending her summer's with them and her friends at Joan's beach.


She is survived by her children Julie, Roxanne, Theresa (Chuck), and Joseph (Julie), her brother Robert Dillingham, her sister Virginia Lella, her grandchildren Casey Nelson, Christopher Hendriks, Justin Carey, Joseph Tummino, and great granddaughter Caitlyn Nelson, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and numerous friends.


Joan was predeceased by her parents Ralph and Virginia Decot Dillingham, Richard G. Porter, her brother Gary Dillingham, her beloved granddaughter Alexis "LexiLou" Porter, lifelong friend Johanna Potter and her Golden Girls.


A celebration of Aunt Joanie's life will be Saturday 2 pm at the St. Charles Hotel, Central Ave., Cortland NY.


The Wright-Beard Funeral Home is serving the family and condolences may be left at

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