Lansing, NY

Joan Dickey Hardie, 84, passed away Monday, July 2, 2012.

A New Yorker all her life, she was the second child of Ernest & Viola Dickey. Joan was raised on Long Island and was a graduate of The Cathedral School of Saint Mary’s. She studied nursing at Cornell University, where she became a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority.

Married to David Hardie of Rockville Centre in August of 1948, Joan was devoted to Dave and their three children. The success of Hardie Farms would not have been possible without her work, support and dedication to the project she and Dave shared for 60 years.

Active in her community at Longview and Lansing, Joan was a frequent visitor to her many friends. She worked hard with various community organizations, (Lansing United Methodist Church, Gadabout, Lansing Older Adult Program) and she also played hard on the slopes skiing, on the courts playing tennis, and on Cayuga Lake, sailing, swimming and enjoying her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Dave; three children, Skip (David Ernest) Hardie (Holly), Ann Yale (Roger) and Meg Keilbach (Eric); their twelve grandchildren, Ben, Caitlin, Joe & Adam Hardie; Julia Wang, Emily, Mary Beth & Danny Yale; Shelbi and Will Keilbach & Hannah and Abby Overstrom; her brother Stanley (Gloria) Dickey. Joan’s extended family includes Dave’s sisters Barbara Densmore, Mary (Drax) Williams and her devoted nieces and nephew.

In addition to her parents, Joan was preceded in death by her sister, Mary (Anthony) Swerz.

Skip, Ann & Meg would like to thank the dedicated and caring friends at Longview who made Joan a part of their lives.

Joan’s life will be celebrated in a memorial service, officiated by Pastor Jane Sautter, at 2pm, Saturday, July 21, 2012, at Lansing United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to Longview, 1 Bella Vista Drive, Ithaca, NY 14850; Hospicare of Tompkins County, 172 E. King Road, Ithaca, NY 14850 or Lansing United Methodist Church, 32 Brickyard Road, Lansing, NY 14882.

Lansing Funeral Home is assisting the family.