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Obituary: Joan H. Whipple

Joan Dorothy Hopkins Whipple 

Joan Dorothy Hopkins Whipple, 88, of Manhasset and Norwalk, CT peacefully passed away on March 11, 2009 at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn.

Joan was born March 18, 1920 in Maidenhead, England. She was the daughter of Frank and Beatrice Hopkins. Frank was the equine director to the royal family at Windsor castle.

Joan came over to America in 1940 to avoid the German blitz that threatened Britain during WWII and lived with a local Long Island family. It was during this stay that she met and then later married Dr. Ralph U. Whipple (urologist) in 1948. They settled in Manhasset where Ralph headed the Urology Department at the Manhasset Medical Center while Joan raised five children. They remained in their original home in Manhasset for 48 years before moving to a condominium overlooking the Norwalk River in Connecticut. They both enjoyed their retirement years living by the water with frequent visits from children (two daughters live close by) and grandchildren.

After Dr. Whipple’s death Joan moved back to Long Island to an assisted living facility in Great Neck.

There is no question that Joan was a wonderful wife and mother. She was fully devoted to her children’s well-being and active lifestyle. Joan spent much of her time either poolside, at the beach or on the bleachers at uncountable athletic events.

Joan is survived by her loving sister Marjorie Prestyly of Garden City was predeceased by her brother Frank who lived in England and a granddaughter Diane Whipple. She will be fondly remembered by her five children; Pamela, Patricia, Ralph Jr. (Chip), Richard, and Roberta and eight grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at the Congregational Church in Manhasset on May 8 at 4:30 p.m. For further information call 627-4634.