Joan C. Stevens
09/04/1946 - 10/02/2017

STEVENS — Joan Carroll, 71, passed away suddenly at her home in Ringoes, NJ on Oct. 2, 2017 of an apparent heart attack. Joanie was much loved and will be greatly missed by her family and her wealth of friends. She grew up in Millburn, NJ and graduated from Millburn High School. She earned a BA degree from Mount Holyoke College and received master degrees in education from Syracuse University (urban education) and Stanford University (curriculum). In the 1970’s, she worked for the City of Newark in programs to improve the quality of public education and then, in Trenton, as Special Assistant to the Commissioner of the NJ Department of Education. She subsequently moved to the NJ Department of Treasury and was appointed Assistant Treasurer in 1982. Since 1986 she has worked as an independent consultant specializing in education, social services and other public policy issues. Most recently, she has been working with the Children’s Home Society of NJ in Trenton. Beyond her professional commitment to helping others, she will be remembered for her great generosity of spirit, her fierce loyalty to her friends and her winning, often zany, sense of humor. She was well known for her love of books, film, music and all things Broadway and theatrical. She was predeceased by her parents, Harry J. Stevens Jr. and Virginia Stanley Stevens, and by her brother, William S. Stevens. She is survived by her brother, Jay Stevens of San Francisco, CA and her sister, Susan S. Sullivan and husband Dennis Sullivan of Brooklyn, NY. She also leaves her beloved niece and nephews: Tara Jones Condon and husband Matthew Condon, David McGraw Sullivan and wife Rebecca Harris Sullivan, and Steven Andrew Sullivan. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at St. Rose of Lima Church, 50 Short Hills Ave., in Short Hills, NJ at 11:15 am. Donations in Joanie’s memory may be made to the Children’s Home Society of NJ, the Greater Newark Holiday Fund or a charity of one’s choice.