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Joan Bishop Jenkins Stewart
  • Memorial contributions may be made, in her name to Children in Placement, Inc., 300 Whalley Avenue, New Haven, CT 06511 or via the program website, www.childreninplacement,org.
  • Children In Placement, Inc.
    300 Whalley Avenue
    New Haven, CT 06511

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Joan Bishop Jenkins Stewart Obituary


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“Dear Jenkins, Grant, Stewart, Glover Families: You are in my prayers and thoughts, as you bereave the loss of your beautiful Wife, Mother,...Read More »
1 of 45 | Posted by: Mr. Scott Wadley - DC - Friend

“When I applied for the Coordinator position with CIP, I had retired from being a Public Defender for over 33 years. When I met Joan - smiles came...Read More »
2 of 45 | Posted by: Suzi Zitser - CT

“I will always remember Joan's warmth and upbeat attitude. To her grandchildren, a cute thing she told me while we were discussing social justice and...Read More »
3 of 45 | Posted by: Lily Dorman Colby - Berkeley, CA

“The Family May God comfort you during this time. Joan's smile and pleasant welcome will be missed. ”
4 of 45 | Posted by: Kimberly Norris - Hamden, CT

“Clyde I was in the convalscent home recouping during the passing of your beloved wife. I was shocked and full of grief. May God forever bless you....Read More »
5 of 45 | Posted by: Sallie R. Brooker - New Haven, CT

“To the Bishop, Jenkins, & Stewart Families, so sorry to see that Joannie has past, she will be missed by many, she fought a battle in the end, but...Read More »
6 of 45 | Posted by: Livingston & Amy Wormley - CT

“To the Stewart and Jenkins Families, May God bless and strengthen you during the lost of someone close to your heart. Joan was a wonderful...Read More »
7 of 45 | Posted by: Mary Dumas and Family - GA

“Brother Clyde Stewart & Family: Our deepest felt sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your loved one. May God grant you the strength to...Read More »
8 of 45 | Posted by: R. Pete Bittle & Family - CT

“Joan was a wonderful human being. May she RIP. Sincerely, Barbara ”
9 of 45 | Posted by: Barbara J. Harris - New York,, NY

“Joan and 7 other of our "line sisters" participated in a great time of our lives a preparing to become Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorors. It gave us a...Read More »
10 of 45 | Posted by: Eva J. Spence-Johnson - TN

“Dear Clyde, Juan, Becca and Grandchildren, I'm so very sorry for the loss of Joan. Your wife, mother and grandmother was a person who made the...Read More »
11 of 45 | Posted by: Erin Sherman - West Haven, CT

“As we grieve the loss of Joans' physical presence here in this earthly realm, I can not help but rejoice in the fact that she is now in the presence...Read More »
12 of 45 | Posted by: Donna T. Kasinak - Milford, CT

“Child Advocates of SW Connecticut sends our deepest condolences to our state CASA organization, Children in Placement, on the loss of Executive...Read More »
13 of 45 | Posted by: Stacey Gladstone Sobel, Esq - CT

“Dear Joan, Those smiling eyes and those forever-optimistic messages of hope for your kids will be dearly missed; but please know that you...Read More »
14 of 45 | Posted by: THOMAS "THOM" LOVIA BROWN, PhD - CT

“Joan, you were the epitome of grace, class and beauty. She always had a kind word. You could feel the wisdom and firmness in her voice, yet they were...Read More »
15 of 45 | Posted by: Michael A. Coleman - West Haven, CT

“on behalf of all us at CASA of New Hampshire our deepest sympathies to Joan's family and Connecticut colleagues at Children in Placement. We have...Read More »
16 of 45 | Posted by: Marcia Sink - Manchester, NH

“It is with great heaviness and sadness in my heart that I offer Joan's family my condolences she was not only my employer but she was also my friend...Read More »
17 of 45 | Posted by: C2eDulce Nieves - Bridgeport, CT

“We have lost one of this life's jewels. I pray for the comfort and peace of mind for Joan's family. ”
18 of 45 | Posted by: Monica Crosby Donohoe - AL

“Joan connected with me on a soul level, bringing her wisdom, understanding, humor and commitment to all that we did together. I was blessed to have...Read More »
19 of 45 | Posted by: Laurie Johnson - Gulfport, MS

“My sincere condolences to Joan's family. Joan was the epitome of class ,brains and beauty. ”
20 of 45 | Posted by: Paulette Brooks - New Haven, CT

“On behalf of the Statewide Florida Guardian ad Litem Program our prayers go out to Joan's family and friends. It is clear the impact she has had on...Read More »
21 of 45 | Posted by: Alan Abramowitz - Tallahassee, FL

“I share great sadness with many who knew Joan in her role with CASA. I first met Joan at a State Director's meeting in Indianapolis. I admired her...Read More »
22 of 45 | Posted by: Cheryl Hultman - Murfreesboro, TN

“I write to you on behalf of California CASA staff and board to extend our love and support to all who have worked with or been touched by the...Read More »
23 of 45 | Posted by: Cory Pohley - Oakland, CA

“I am devastated by this sad news today! For the past seven years, I have worked as the Assistant to the CEO of the National CASA Association and...Read More »
24 of 45 | Posted by: Asantewa Antobam - Seattle, WA

“I am so saddened to hear of Joan's passing, and my heart goes out to her family and friends at their tremendous loss. She also leaves behind...Read More »
25 of 45 | Posted by: Marion Hallum - Anchorage, AK

“Connecticut's children may have lost a physical champion, but now they have a stronger, brighter champion because Joan shines as one of the brightest...Read More »
26 of 45 | Posted by: Terene Bennett - Atlanta, GA

“The Family of Joan (Joanie as I knew her) :Learning of Joan's passing sadden me greatly as I extend my condolences. Even-though I kenw Joanie as...Read More »
27 of 45 | Posted by: Dr. Valencia (Bebe Poitier) Sullivan-Williams - MD

“I only met Joan once, when I trained as a GAL 4 years ago. She's the kind of person you only need to meet once to see that she was unbelievably...Read More »
28 of 45 | Posted by: Greta Blau - Hamden, CT

“It is with a huge sense of loss that I write in memory of Joan. But my memory is also of the glorious presence she has been to her colleagues and to...Read More »
29 of 45 | Posted by: Michael Piraino - Seattle, WA

“My deepest condolences to Clyde and Juan. ”
30 of 45 | Posted by: katherine kitty evans - milton, GA

“Joan's contribution to New Haven's most vulnerable children is immeasurable. Her presence and wisdom will be sorely missed by many of us who share...Read More »
31 of 45 | Posted by: Barbara Tinney - New Haven, CT

“Joan was one of the greatest women I have been blessed with sharing time with. She was the greatest to have in the office, and I quickly learned that...Read More »
32 of 45 | Posted by: Genese Clark and family - CT

“Joan was my friend and she mentored me, not professionally but personally - as a woman. My heart hurts at this loss of her physically but rejoices in...Read More »
33 of 45 | Posted by: Willette barnett - Hamden, CT

“Thank you Soror Joan for being such a powerful example of grace, dedication, and spunk. I will forever cherish your warm smile and the way you...Read More »
34 of 45 | Posted by: Khalilah Brown-Dean - New Haven, CT

“Our hearts are heavy Clyde as it is painful to have to utter final farewells to someone we've known all our lives. I have many happy & funny...Read More »
35 of 45 | Posted by: Judy Eldridge Osborne - Conyers, GA

“I will miss Joan, her warm smile when ever she greeted me I will always remember. She will be missed but not forgotten. I sincere condolences to her...Read More »
36 of 45 | Posted by: DELORES M. ALLEYNE - New Haven, , CT

“Clyde; so sorry to learn of Joan's passing. My condolences go out to you and the entire family at this most difficult time. Much love to all. ”
37 of 45 | Posted by: Helena Rogers - New Haven, CT

“Juan, I extend my sincere condolences to you and your family. Your Mom was an absolutely lovely woman, whose smile would light up a room. May God...Read More »
38 of 45 | Posted by: Joy Ragsdale

“Condolences to the family. Thank you for allowing so many to be blessed by Joan's intelligence, warmth and compassion. She always greeted me (and...Read More »
39 of 45 | Posted by: Denise Keyes Page - Mystic, CT

“Ms. Joan Jenkins was an Effective Champion for Children Rights! She will be missed, my prayers are with the family . Hold on to her great legacy. ...Read More »
40 of 45 | Posted by: Valencia Goodridge - New Haven, CT

“Aunt Joanie, may you rest in peace. I will miss you much. ”
41 of 45 | Posted by: Veronica Dixon Sanders - Chino, CA

“Joan! What a sweet woman. You will surely be missed. I never heard a word other than praise come out of her mouth! God Bless the family! ”
42 of 45 | Posted by: Tamiko Jackson McArthur - CT

“My condolence to the Stewart family. May God hold you in his arms in your time of need. ”
43 of 45 | Posted by: April Wilson Harvey - Cary, NC

“My family wishes to extend our sincere sympathies to all of Joan's family. Our memories of her go back to Butler Street, when she was a teenager. ...Read More »
44 of 45 | Posted by: Dorothy Harper - New Haven, CT

“To Clyde and family, you have our deepest sympathy. She is gone but not forgotten. ”
45 of 45 | Posted by: Rita Henderson - Charlotte, NC


Joan Bishop Jenkins Stewart, 70 of New Haven, CT departed this life, peacefully on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born, January 7, 1943 to Anita Glover Bishop and the late Charles Arthur Bishop. This woman, small in stature, was a woman who stood tall among many, weathering the obstacles in her care and quest for the rights of mankind. Her life exemplifies what we all should do in His name and love for one another. She was a guardian of human rights!

Her formal education was completed in the New Haven Public Schools and she was a proud graduate of James Hillhouse High School. Joan, an active member of the student body was a majorette and led the squad as Captain in her senior year. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree at New Hampshire College, School of Human Services, Manchester, NH; her Master of Science degree in Urban Studies, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT, and her Juris Doctorate, University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, CT.

Except for several years in the Washington, DC area, where she was employed at Howard University, the majority of her life was spent in New Haven. A native and lifelong member of the New Haven community, she was very active in the happenings of her city. Her early employment included her work with the United Way of New Haven as the Director of Research and as the Coordinating Counselor. Her ensuing employment included, the Assistant National Coordinator of Dixwell Legal Rights; Director of New Haven Volunteers, Inc.; Administrator, New Haven Legal Assistance and Legal Associate at Williams and Wise Law Firm, New Haven, CT. Her employ with the City of New Haven included serving as the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer and as the Director of Labor Relations. Lastly, she was the Executive Director of Children in Placement, Inc., a CASA Program, for eighteen years where she used her legal expertise to advance the cause for neglected and abused children in the State of Connecticut. She was recognized throughout CASA as one who cared and one who 'walked the walk and talked the talk' advocating for the disadvantaged.

Joan's involvement in the community included her appointment as a Commissioner on the State of Connecticut Ethics Commission; Vice Chair of the State of Connecticut Elections Enforcement Commission; member of the Connecticut Advisory Council for Victims of Crime; the Governor's Task Force on Justice for Abused Children and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors. Other civic and social organizations included membership in the Theta Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the African American Women's Agenda and the Connecticut African American Historical Society. She was also a communicant at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church where she served as a member of the Women's Guild, the Vestry, and Junior Warden.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her dearest mother, Anita G. Bishop, her devoted husband, Clyde Stewart; a beloved son, John P. Jenkins, Jr., (Rebecca); a loving daughter, Nicole Numan; nine dear grandchildren, one special great grandchild and a host of other relatives to carry on her legacy.