Sister Joan Elizabeth Spalding, baptized Teresa Mary, was born in Hannibal, Missouri, entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1948, and was received into the novitiate in 1949. She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Fontbonne College in 1958 and a master’s degree in art from the University of Notre Dame in 1963.
Sister Joan served in education for 33 years. She began teaching in St. Louis at Most Holy Rosary (1951-1952), St. Mary Magdalen (1952-1953), and St. Agnes School (1954-1959) grade schools.
She then taught at St. Mary Grade School in Littleton, Colorado (1959-1961); at Redemptorist High School in Kansas City, Missouri (1961-1964) and (1966-1968); at Valle High in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri (1964-1966); and at Nativity of Our Lord in Chicago, Illinois (1968-1971).
Sister Joan served the next 13 years in Hawaii, teaching at St. Joseph Grade School in Waipahu (1971-1979, 1981-1984), and was principal at St. Anthony Grade School in Kailua (1979-1981). Her last year in education was at St. Gregory in St. Ann, Missouri in 1984.
In1985, she opened a ceramic/pottery shop at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse in St. Louis. She ministered by creating pottery pieces for sale while teaching adults pottery, calligraphy and other arts and crafts. She retired that ministry in 2008.
In her retirement, she enjoys time for more connection with her family and friends in the St. Louis area. Reading, TV and dabbling in watercolor are favorite pastimes.