Joan R. Barron

— Joan R. Barron

VOORHEESVILLE — Joan Roeder Barron — a mother and grandmother, a teacher and librarian — died on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, at Our Lady of Mercy nursing home. She was 88.

She is the daughter of the late Ernest William Roeder, and Helen Eleanor Stiefel Roeder Herron. She was also the stepdaughter of the late Edward Herron.

Born in Yonkers, New York, she graduated from Roosevelt High School and then from the New York State College for Teachers in Albany with a bachelor of arts degree in English, Latin, and social studies.  She received her master of arts degree from Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York City, in English and social studies. She also received a master’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany in the School of Library Science.

She has worked for the West Hempstead, Long Island School District, and Westchester County High School. She was an elementary school librarian for the Bethlehem Central School District in Delmar from 1969 to 1986. She also had input into the development of the Guilderland Public Library and worked there from 1986 to 1995.

Mrs. Barron was a member of many organizations over her lifetime such as the American Library Association, the New York Library Association, and EN SLYMA, a life member of the National Education Association, and the University at Albany Alumni Association.

She has received the Parents as Leading Partners award, the University at Albany Councilors Award for Service to University, and she made the Honor Roll in 2004 with the General Federation Women’s Club, New York State.

She was a class councilor for the University at Albany from 1967 onward and class councilor of Roosevelt High School from 1968 onward. She was also a past president of the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary.

Mrs. Barron had been an active member of the Delmar Progress Club for the past 50 years in various positions such as trustee, chair of the Literature Group and Nominations Committee, and co-chair of Telephone Committee.


Joan R. Barron is survived by her son, Doug R. Barron, and his wife, Donna, and her grandson, Timothy Barron; by her daughter, Barbara J. Barron, and her husband, William Bailey.

Her husband of 54 years, Robert E. Barron, died before her as did her daughter, Robin. 

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m. at the Applebee Funeral Home at 403 Kenwood Ave. in Delmar at 2 p.m., preceded by a calling hour from 1 to 2 p.m.

Mourners may leave condolences online at

Memorial contributions may be made to the Autism Society of America, 4340 East-West Highway, Suite 350, Bethesda, MD 20814 or online at


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