Nov. 14, 1924 – Feb. 10, 2016
Joan Margaret Gerstman of the Town of Tonawanda, active in the Girl Scouts and the Town of Tonawanda-Kenmore Historical Society, died Wednesday in the Weinberg Campus, Getzville. She was 91.
Born in Amherst, the former Joan Diebold was a graduate of East High School and attended Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa.
Returning to Buffalo during World War II, she worked as an inspector at Curtis Screw Co., assuring the quality of fasteners used in war planes manufactured in Buffalo. After the war, she worked as a dental assistant until her marriage in 1950.
Mrs. Gerstman was a leader in Brownie and Girl Scout troops and was a leader at the former Thunderbird Ridge Girl Scout Camp in Clarence. The Girl Scout Council of Western New York named her a Leader of the Year.
She served for 30 years on the board of directors of the Town of Tonawanda-Kenmore Historical Society and was the board’s secretary. She was awarded a life membership when she stepped down in 2008. An accomplished porcelain artist, she exhibited her work across the state.
Her husband of 57 years, Paul J., died in 2007. Survivors include two daughters, Marsha Lipton and Kelley Hughes; and a son, Alan.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Joseph University Catholic Church, 3269 Main St.