Obituary: Joanne Futrell
Joanne (Cardinell/Karcher) Futrell, 85, died peacefully on Tuesday, April 7, at her home in Montclair, with her family around her.
Born in Glen Ridge to Louise and Richmond “Skip” Cardinell, she was raised in Westwood and moved to Montclair while in high school, graduating from Montclair High in 1953. She attended Michigan State University for a while, and then went on to Katharine Gibbs secretarial school.
In 1957, she married Philip Karcher Jr., and they moved to Bossier City, La., while Phil served in the U.S. Air Force.
After having a son, and Phil's enlistment was completed, they moved back to Montclair, where they had two more sons.
Later, divorced from Phil, she was married to George Futrell Jr. from 1978 until his death in 1999.
Joanne was secretary of St. John’s Episcopal Church during the 1960s and early ’70s, then became a self-employed typist and freelance secretary, working for various firms in town. She worked for many years as a copy editor, and occasionally did a theater/arts review as well, for The Montclair Times, until her retirement in 2015 at age 80.
Always active in her churches, she sang in the choir of St. John’s and later Trinity Episcopal.
An avid bowler, she was secretary of her bowling league, The Survivors.
Joanne was active in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, participating in a number of marches and rallies.
She always tried to instill a sense of fairness and justice in her children, always encouraged their artistic pursuits, and was considered “Mom” by the local rock-and-roll band The Fabulous Flemtones.
She was a passionate dog lover, and liked to adopt hard-to-place pets.
She is survived by her sons, Bill Karcher and his wife Deirdre, James Karcher and his companion Tracey Harmon, and Daniel Karcher and his companion Sue Pinera. Also surviving are her stepsons Stacey, Jerry, and Demetrius Futrell, her sister Sallie Zamora, brother Peter Cardinell and his wife Kay, five grandchildren and numerous step-grand and great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her stepson, Larry Futrell.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making a donation to your local animal shelter in her name. For online condolences please visit moriartyfh.com.