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Gail W. Joslin, 64, of Colchester, CT, passed away peacefully with her family by her side after a courageous battle with cancer on Monday, June 10, 2013. Gail was born in Orono, ME, on April 24, 1949, and was the oldest child of Nora Thompson and Dr. George K. Wadlin. Gail earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut and a master's degree from Hartford Seminary. Gail was instilled with her mother's passion to help others and was a lifelong advocate for young children and families.
Gail's teaching career began at the Colchester Co-Op Nursery School in 1971, followed by opening her own in-home preschool, The Learning Tree. Over the years, she continued to positively impact children and adults through her work at Hebron Center Nursery School, the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ, the ACCESS Agency, Wheeler Clinic and most recently as the assistant director at the Women's League Child Development Center in Hartford.
Gail's volunteerism was unmatched and she gave countless hours of her time to the community and to the Colchester Federated Church, where she was a parishioner for over 40 years, as well as a deaconess and an active member of numerous groups and committees. Gail's many interests include collecting sea glass along the Maine shore, making wreaths, decorating her home, gardening and travel and she loved to read.
Gail was married to her loving husband David Joslin for 42 years and raised three wonderful children who cherish her memory and will miss her greatly: Erik Joslin and his wife Cheryl Joslin of Warren, VT, Gregg Joslin and his wife Heather Joslin of Stamford, CT, and Rebecca (Joslin) Rondeau and her husband Andy Rondeau of Putnam, CT. Gail is survived by the lights of her life, her five wonderful grandchildren: Mercedes Joslin, Halle Joslin, Eva Joslin, Zak Joslin and Cam Joslin. She is survived by her younger siblings, George Wadlin and wife Jill of Philadelphia, PA, and Lela Wadlin and her husband Roger of Monroe, MI.
A memorial service will be held Friday, June 14, at 2 p.m. at the Colchester Federated Church in Colchester, CT, followed by a time of fellowship. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Women's League Child Development Center of Hartford and/or the Colchester Federated Church. Please visit Gail's "Book of Memories" at www.vincentfuneralhome.com for online condolences.