Joan Elizabeth Hightman Deffinbaugh, 80, of Palm Coast, FL, entered eternal rest peacefully on Saturday, April 2, 2022. She was the wife of the late Charles E. Deffinbaugh Jr., and was his bride of 59 years.
Born October 23, 1941 in Washington, DC, she was the daughter of the late Bertha (Howell.) and George L Hightman III.
A graduate of Immaculate Conception High School in DC in 1959, Joan worked for an insurance agency where she met Charles. The two married in January of 1961 and began their life together in Silver Spring, MD. She had various hobbies and interests that kept her busy along with raising six children. Joan was also an excellent seamstress, baker, and bowler.
Surviving are her brother, Martin F. Hightman, five children: Jeffrey Deffinbaugh and wife Giovanna of Palm Coast, FL, Theresa Coufal of Odenton, MD, John Kenneth Deffinbaugh and wife Margaret of Olney, MD, Steven Deffinbaugh of Frederick, MD, and Scott Deffinbaugh and wife Denise of Wilmington, NC; 17 grandchildren: Christopher (Megan) Coufal, Shelley (Troy) Bennett, Katherine Coufal, Joseph Coufal, Aaron Coufal, Ashley (Andrew) McDermott, Brittney (Mark) Macauley, Cory Deffinbaugh, Mary Deffinbaugh, Michael Deffinbaugh, Victoria Deffinbaugh, John Deffinbaugh, Scott Deffinbaugh, Jr., James Deffinbaugh, Joseph Deffinbaugh, Alexandra Deffinbaugh and Alice Deffinbaugh; 4 great grandchildren: Hailey Marie Coufal, Wesley Steele Bennett, Emilia Patricia Macauley, and Grace Evelina McDermott. Joan was predeceased by her husband Charles, son Raymond Deffinbaugh, and brother Thomas Hightman.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM on Monday, April 11, at Stauffer Funeral Home, 8 E. Ridgeville Blvd, Mt. Airy, MD. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 AM on Tuesday, April 12, at St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church, 4103 Prices Distillery Rd, Ijamsville, MD 21754. Interment will follow in Burkittsville Union Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Stroke Association.