Mrs. Joan Louise Dalton

  • Born: September 27, 1931
  • Died: March 28, 2020
  • Location: Woodbridge, Cranford, New Jersey

Gray Memorial Funeral Home

12 Springfield Ave.
Cranford, NJ 07016

Tribute & Message From The Family

Joan Louise Dalton, 88, long time Cranford, NJ resident, died Saturday, March 28, 2020 of respiratory failure after a short illness. Joan spent her final year at St. Joseph's Senior Home, Woodbridge, NJ.
She was born in Linden, NJ on September 27, 1931, the daughter of Michael and Rose Fragale Poleski. Joan grew up in Linden and graduated from Linden High School in 1948. She graduated from Elizabeth General Hospital School of Nursing in 1951 as a registered nurse. She married the love of her life, John (Jack) F. Dalton, Jr. in 1953. They were married for 63 years. Joan pursued further education and obtained BS, MS and PhD equivalent degrees in education from Jersey City State College.
She taught health education for 24 years at Burnet Jr High School, Union, NJ; Arthur L Johnson HS, Clark, NJ; Jonathan Dayton HS, Springfield, NJ and David Beardly HS, Kenilworth, NJ.
Joan loved to travel with Jack and spend time with family and friends. Many will remember Joan in the stands watching Jack coach basketball at St. Benedict's Prep High School. Joan was always involved in planning fun family gatherings and parties and the next best travel adventure with her husband Jack.
Joan is survived by her six children: John F Dalton III, Louise (Kenneth) Huebschman, Susan Marshall, Carol (Kevin) Farrell, Michael (Lisa) Dalton and Timothy (Rosa) Dalton, sixteen grandchildren, three great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A sister Patricia (Bill) Alcaro also survives her.
Her husband Jack; her parents; three brothers; Charles Polaski, Richard Polesky, and Donald Poleski; and a sister Constance Poleski precede Joan in death.
A memorial service and Mass of Christian Burial with internment at Fairview Cemetery will be planned for a later date. Gray Memorial Funeral Home, Cranford NJ, will handle funeral arrangements.
Please take this opportunity to post any thoughts or memories you have of Joan on the Gray Funeral Home website:
In lieu of flowers, kindly consider memorial contributions in Joan's name to St. Benedict's Prep HS, Newark NJ, St. Joseph's Senior Home, Woodbridge, NJ or St. Michael's Catholic Church, Cranford, NJ.


Condolence & Memory Journal


My deepest condolences to my Dalton cousins for the loss of their beloved mother. Aunt Joan was many things to each of us. From Girl Scout leader to trusted adviser of all things medical. One of my favorite stories was about how in their high school years, Aunt Joan would tell my mom about her brother, Charles. While my mom would go on and on about her love for Pensy. Only for them to find out that Charles and Pensy were one and the same. I loved hanging around the 'grown-ups' table as a child just to hear the stories they'd all share. A summer family get together, sleepovers and Sunday mornings after church were always the best at Aunt Joan's house. I will never forget the beautiful smile that always seemed to grace her lovely face. I'll miss her but I'm happy knowing that she's back with Uncle Jack, her brothers and her mother. Vaya con Dios, Aunt Joan. I hold you in my heart.

Posted by Joanne Polaski-Hulings - Lewis Run, PA - Family   April 19, 2020

When I think of family parties when I was young, I remember two things..
The first was how everyone was bigger than me (especially the Jacksons they were like trees.)
And the second was Aunt Joan. No matter how busy she was, she always took the time to check on me. And that never changed.
Ill miss you, but Im glad youre back with Jack

Posted by Christopher Nikiel - family   April 06, 2020

Very sorry for your loss. We will keep you and your family in our prayers. Lisa and Timothy Dacey

Posted by Lisa Dacey - Metuchen, NJ   April 05, 2020

Thoughts and prayers on the loss of your beloved Mother, Louise

Posted by Shawn and Pam Westbrook - Battle Creek, MI - Coworker   April 02, 2020


Louise - So very sorry for your loss. Your Mother sounds like an amazing individual, just like you. Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.

Posted by Alexa - MI - Coworker   April 02, 2020

I am very sad to hear about the loss of your mother. Let me know if there is anything you need.

Posted by Chris Brannock - Clover, SC - Coworker   April 02, 2020


Louise, I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Chris Reed

Posted by Chris Reed - MI - Coworker   April 02, 2020

BR 6 - 5166

This was the emergency contact number attached to the school records of all the Jackson kids through their school years. Dial it and Aunt Joan would pick up. That gives you a sense of how woven through our lives she and all the Daltons were. It's comforting to know that she and Jack are reunited. Best to all my cousins. Love, Mark Jackson

Posted by A friend   April 01, 2020

I will alwqys remember Joan for her professionalism, dedicatio to all students and terrific eenergy. Above all she was a lady in every sense of the word and someone I always was proud to know and work with.

My condolences to the family.

Joe Streit, former coounselor, AL Johnson High School

Posted by Joseph Streit - Fanwood, NJ   April 01, 2020

To the Dalton Family,
I met your Mother in 1956 after a Basketball game at the Hive. I will never forget what a wonderful woman she was during my years at SBP. She was at many games giving her support to all of our team. You were blessed to have such a caring person that you called Mom. I haven't seen her in many years but I will never forget her. She is with the Coach now. God Bless her and all of the Dalton Family. RIP

Posted by Angelo Frannicola - Nutley, NJ   March 31, 2020

Joan & Jack were married my freshman year at St Benedict's. Jack was my Basketball Coach for 4 years & Joan was at most games. I always admired them as a role model couple of character and values. Together they did so much for St. Benedict's & will never be forgotten.. Carol & I extend our deepest sympathies to the entire Dalton family. May Joan Rest In Peace with Jack. Tom & Carol White

Posted by Tom White - Spring Lake, NJ - Friend   March 31, 2020

My most sincere condolences to the Dalton family.....I have a vague memory of playing baseball with a young fellow named Dalton (John?) who lived on Lexington Avenue, on the other side of Walnut Avenue, in the mid-60s...This foggy memory includes riding to practice sessions in the back of the team's coach's station wagon......May Joan rest in peace and may perpetual light shine upon her...

Posted by Ronnie Grau - Easton, PA   March 31, 2020

Joan was my Health teacher and later a colleague at Johnson. A warm caring woman for her students and colleagues. Later knew Jack through Basketball. Wonderful people who I was privileged to know. Condolences to her family. I am sure you have such great memories

Posted by Steve Petruzzelli - Roselle Park, NJ - Friend   March 31, 2020

My deepest sympathy of the passing of Joan Dalton. It was my pleasure to work with such a true professional teacher. Joan always had a smile on her face. I know God is going to take her right to Heaven!
My Deepest Sympathy
Jack Ford Teacher Arthur L. Johnson High School

Posted by Jack Ford - Mountainside, NJ - Coworker   March 31, 2020

Joan was always warm and kind even in the midst of craziness when so many kids and cousins would come over for a gathering. She always cared more about others than about herself.

Posted by Rich Nichols - Montville, NJ - Family   March 31, 2020

Deepest condolences to all of the Dalton family. In this time of sadness may it comfort you to know that Joan is with God.

Posted by Sunny Thornton - Santa Fe, NM - friend   March 30, 2020

My deepest condolences to you and your entire family during this sad time in your lives. May this beautiful woman rest in peace

Posted by Lonie Ebarle - Fords, NJ - Acquaintance   March 30, 2020

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