Joni was born on Feb. 21, 1953 to Geraldine (Jeri) Jacobson and William (Jake) Jacobson. After a 1-1/2 years she lost her brave battle against cancer and died on Aug. 15, 2013 at Backus Hospital in Norwich, CT. Joni married Frank Greenwood and they had one daughter Lisa Ann. They were divorced and she married Maurice Godbout in 1988 and moved to CT with him in 1989.
Grandma Joni loved tea parties and crafts with her grandkids Hannah and Shannon and did crafts weekly with them and Lisa's daycare kids until she became ill. Joni's sister Janet, kept her spirits up at the hospital for 3 months in 2012 and 3+ months in 2013 until her death. During that time they made many Christmas decorations which were given to the staff at the hospital as a thank-you for the loving care given to Joni as if she were their family. Her room will always be remembered as the "Party Room" on A-2.
Joni is survived by her husband, daughter Lisa Donovan (Sean), 2 beloved granddaughters, sister Janet Schen (FBL Jim Erickson), brothers Jim (Marlene), Steve (Denise) and Bob (Debbie), 2 step-children and 5 step-grandkids and step-mom Liz Jacobson. She was predeceased by her mother, father, brother Gary Jacobson and her grandparents. RIP dear sister, Joni. I will miss you forever.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday Sept. 6, 2013 at 11 A.M. at the First Congregational Church, 6 South Canterbury Road, Canterbury, CT. Cremation by Smith and Walker in Putnam, CT.