Joan M. Cousineau (1935-2017)


Joan M. Cousineau died peacefully at home on the morning of August 31, 2017 in Colusa, CA at the age of 82.

Joan was born on January 9, 1935 in Quinnesec, Michigan to Angus and Nina Chatell. She married Bob Cousineau in 1961 and in 1973 the couple moved from Michigan to Colusa where they owned and operated Cruise ‘n Tarry Marina and RV Park. Joan went on to work as a secretary for R.C. Cousineau Construction Company and retired in 2006.

Joan adored her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and cherished the time that she spent with them. Joan was an avid football fan, especially for the San Francisco 49ers and her favorite quarterback Joe Montana. She also loved volunteering with the Colusa County Sheriff’s Department Volunteer Citizen Service Unit. Joan lived a full and happy life and was always thankful for what she had.

Joan is survived by her 3 children Matthew Cousineau of Colusa, Marshall Cousineau (Lara) of Healdsburg, CA, and Jane Cousineau of Colusa, along with her brothers Gary Chatell (Vickie) of Petersburg, MI and James “Jim” Chatell (Joan) of Colusa. Joan is also survived by her grandchildren Monica Sankey (Brett) of Arbuckle, CA and Jacob Cousineau of Los Angeles, CA; Jackie Gillick (Ambrose) of Glasgow, Scotland, Katie Cooper (Matt) of Farmville, NC, Zachariah Cousineau of Arlington, TX, and Gwendolyn Cousineau of Sacramento, CA; Logan Morton of Chico, CA and Amanda Morton Chico, CA. Joan also had 6 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband Robert “Bob” Cousineau, parents Angus and Nina, brother’s Harold and Joseph Chatell, and sister’s Alice Ray and Luella Lightfoot all from Michigan.

Per Joan’s wishes there will be no funeral or graveside services. Her wish is to have her remains set to sea with her husband Bob who was a Marine off a Navy Vessel out of Naval Base Coronado. The family is grateful for the condolences and in lieu of flowers, donations to the Colusa County Sheriff’s Department Volunteer Citizen Service Unit in her name would be appreciated.