Joan M. Ackerman, age 84, of Bradenton, Florida, and formerly of Grand Island, died peacefully in her home on June 20, 2019, under Hospice care.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents, Margaret and Charles Hyman, and siblings, Charles Jr., Jack, and Peg.
She was the cherished wife of 63 years to Jim Ackerman; a beloved mother to Casey (Larry), Ray (Sheryl), Jimmer (Susie), and Eric (Geanna); a grandmother of 12, and a great-grandmother of five.
Joan was an avid tennis and bridge player, and was also a dedicated hospital volunteer. Always the First Mate, she and her husband motored on their boats from Grand Island to Florida, the Bahamas, the Great Lakes, and all ports in between. Joan was a consummate hostess and loved to entertain, making sure to leave behind a stuffed secret recipe box. She was the No. 1 supporter of her sons in their sports activities, and a longtime Bills, Sabres and Notre Dame fan.
Services will be at the convenience of the family. Any memorials may be made in her name to Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.