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Originally published: 2013-02-15 12:23:21
Last modified: 2013-02-15 12:23:21

Joan Ajer Blakeman

Joan Ajer Blakeman, 76, of Friendship Church Rd., Boone, passed away Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at Watauga Medical Center. Born May 11, 1936, in Schenectady, N.Y., she was a daughter of Oliver and Thelma Nyberg Ajer.

Mrs. Blakeman was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church. After retiring from Watauga Medical Center as a registered nurse, she and her husband enjoyed traveling in the family RV and walking Boone area trails.

Mrs. Blakeman is survived by her husband, Allan Blakeman, Sr,; three sons, Allan Blakeman, Jr. of San Diego, Calif., Kevin Blakeman and wife, Carmella, of Seymour, Conn., and Mark Blakeman of Greensboro; four grandchildren, Ryan Thomas, Alison Mary, Danielle Elizabeth, and Matthew Mark Blakeman; and two sisters, Carole Blair and husband Forrest of Bethel, Conn., and Bonnie Ajer of Southbury, Conn.

A Funeral Mass will be conducted 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, officiated by Father Dave Brzoska. Burial will follow at Mount Lawn Memorial Park & Gardens.

The family will receive friends 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Austin & Barnes Funeral Home.

The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society, Watauga County Unit, 441 Daniel Drive, Boone, NC 28607.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at the website

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory in Boone is serving the Blakeman family.