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Joan Cottingham, 86, Of Westport, Case Researcher, Blue Cross/Blue Shield

WESTPORT, Conn. - Joan Cottingham of Westport died Aug. 20. She was 86.

Cottingham was born Nov. 18, 1926, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She worked as a promotional writer at several major television networks. She later moved to the Westport area. She was employed as a case researcher for Blue Cross/Blue Shield at St. Joseph's Hospital in Manhattan until her retirement.

Cottingham is survived by her niece, Heidi Best of Ithaca, N.Y.; and nephews, Steven (Ellen) Best and David Best of Henrietta, N.Y.; two grandnieces; a grandnephew; and many friends. She was predeceased by her brother, Robert Cottingham; sister, Ruth Cottingham Best; and her  nephew, Stuart Cottingham.

A memorial gathering will be held by the family at a later date.

Contributions in Cottingham’s name may be made to your local animal shelter or library. Please contact Heidi Best at 913 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca, NY 14850, with condolences or to request further information.

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