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Joan Grace LaBanca, 86, Of Darien

Joan Grace LaBanca
Joan Grace LaBanca Photo Credit: Deborah Burnley

DARIEN, Conn. – Joan Grace LaBanca, a longtime resident of Darien and Jupiter, FL, died Thursday, March 10. She was 86.

Born on October 1, 1929, in Suffern, NY, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Emma Meffert. After graduating from Spring Valley High School and Fairleigh Dickinson University, her career began at the WR Grace & Company as an Executive Assistant to Peter Grace. Her position required extensive travel throughout Europe and South America. This earned her the honor of becoming a member of both United Airlines and Pan American Airlines 100,000 Mile Club by 1953. She was the ground commander for the family racing sailboat and coordinated all the logistics for events in New England, the Chesapeake Bay and Florida for over 20 years. She was a member of the Country Club of Darien, Noroton Yacht Club and the New York Athletic Club.

She is survived by her daughter, Ellen Connery and her husband Scott, of Darien; son Bob LaBanca and his wife Mary, of Stamford; grandchildren, Nick and Cate Connery, along with Cort and Lauren LaBanca.

She was predeceased by her husband, Alfred; and her daughter, Laurie.

Calling hours will be from 4-7 p.m., Friday, March 18 at Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Road, Darien. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John's Catholic Church, 1986 Post Road, Darien on Saturday, March 19 at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery, Darien.

Memorial donations may be made to St. John R.C. Church, 1986 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820, or Post 53, Darien Emergency Medical Services, P. O. Box 2066, Darien, CT 06820.

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