Joan M. (Kearney) MacDonald

June 23, 2020

Joan M. (Kearney) MacDonald

Joan M. (Kearney) MacDonald– in Worcester, formerly of Woburn, June 23. Beloved wife of the late Paul J. MacDonald at ninety-one years of age. Devoted mother of Catherine Mullaney, her husband Daniel of Boylston, Peter MacDonald, his wife Andrea of Northborough, Paul A. MacDonald, his wife Amy Manganelli of Brookline and Laura MacDonald of NC. Dear sister of Jack Kearney of Groveland, MA and Jim Kearney of Roslindale, MA. Doting “Nana” of Grace Humbles, Katie Mullaney, Michael Au-Mullaney, Gabrielle MacDonald, Malcolm MacDonald, Olivia MacDonald, Sophia MacDonald, Calvin MacDonald, Annesia MacDonald and four great grandchildren. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, June 27th at 10:00 a.m. Presently, the church is allowing no more than 100 people to attend, and masks must be worn. Burial to follow in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody MA. Remembrances may be made in Joan’s memory to Alzheimer’s Association, alz.org or send to 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601 Alzheimer’s Association is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Arrangements are under the direction of Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

Joan M. (Kearney) MacDonald – formerly of Woburn, passed away at Christopher House with her loving daughter “Cathy” by her side on Tuesday, June 23rd, after suffering with Alzheimer’s disease. The beloved wife of the late Paul J. MacDonald, she was 91 years of age. The MacDonald family would like to thank all the staff on the Brookside unit at Christopher House along with the staff of the Jewish Healthcare Center Hospice for their tender care of our mother in her last days.

Born in Boston, Joan was the 2nd of 4 children born to the late John P. and Florence (Diamond) Kearney. She was raised and educated in Jamaica Plain where she graduated from Jamaica Plain High School in 1946. Afterwards, Joan put herself through night school at Bentley College majoring in accounting and graduating in 1950.

Joan was a career woman long before becoming a wife and mother. She jetted around the country as a “traveling cashier” (bookkeeper) for New England Life and then American Mutual Insurance companies.

Summers, Joan loved vacationing at the beach Old Orchard in Maine and the Cape with girlfriends. Day trips were made to Nantasket Beach either by bus or hitchhiking. Winters, she enjoyed ice skating or Jamaica Pond and Lake Quannapowitt.

In her mid 30’s Joan met the love of her life Paul MacDonald through their mutual friend Charlie McLean. Joan and Paul married 8 months later and started a family right away, having 2 daughters and 2 sons. In 1969 they moved out of “town” (Boston) to Woburn where they resided for the next 40 years. Joan stayed home to raise their children. As the children grew and began families of their own, she became a doting Nana, showering her nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren with attention.

Joan was a maker. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, and drawing. She continued her drawing up until early spring of this year. Prior to her Alzheimer’s diagnosis she had been an avid reader preferring the fictional works of Mary Higgins Clark and Jan Karon, along with Reader’s Digest.

A shy woman, Joan was content with having a few close friends. Joan’s main focus was her family. She enjoyed being involved with her children’s activities while they were growing up and trips to Stage Fort Park Gloucester, MA every summer. She was a very caring woman, who would help out anyone in whatever way she could. When she became a Nana, she loved being with, caring for, and spoiling her grandchildren. Joan was known for sending cards for every occasion and strategically getting them in the post to arrive before or on the day, especially for birthdays. In the end she always asked about “the little people,” i.e. her great grandchildren. Ironically, Joan had a great mind for recalling details. She had a profound fondness for those she loved and cared about throughout her life.

Sadly in addition to her parents John and Florence, Joan was predeceased by her sister Lillian MacTavish.

Devoted mother of Catherine Mullaney, her husband Daniel of Boylston, Peter MacDonald, his wife Andrea of Northborough, Paul A. MacDonald, his wife Amy Manganelli of Brookline and Laura MacDonald of NC. Dear sister of Jack Kearney of Groveland, MA and Jim Kearney of Roslindale, MA. Doting “Nana” of Grace Humbles, Katie Mullaney, Michael Au-Mullaney, Gabrielle MacDonald, Malcolm MacDonald, Olivia MacDonald, Sophia MacDonald, Calvin MacDonald, Annesia MacDonald and four great grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, June 27th at 10:00 a.m. Presently, the church is allowing no more than 100 people to attend, and masks must be worn. Burial to follow in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody MA. Remembrances may be made in Joan’s memory to Alzheimer’s Association, alz.org or send to 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601 Alzheimer’s Association is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Arrangements are under the direction of Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

 

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Charles Church on Saturday, June 27th at 10:00 a.m. Presently, the church is allowing no more than 100 people to attend, and masks must be worn. Burial to follow in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody MA. Remembrances may be made in Joan’s memory to Alzheimer’s Association, alz.org or send to 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601 Alzheimer’s Association is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Arrangements are under the direction of Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

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  1. Carmen Rosa Norona

    Dear Peter,
    We are very sorry for your loss. We are sending our love and solidarity to you and your family.
    Carmen Rosa and Kami

  2. Joanne and Albert Quillen

    I just saw the post, so sorry to hear! She lived a long journey, through life’s ups and downs she maintained a joyful smile. Much love to you Catherine, and prayers for the whole of your family as you adjust to her physical absence knowing she is at rest and always in your memories.

  3. Edward Clancy

    My heart goes out to your family and the comfort of knowing she is safe with Jesus. 6/23 from Romans 6:23 The free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ. She believed

  4. Sending love and prayers to the greater MacDonald family. I met Joan in her later years and was so blessed by her sweet presence and gentle heart. What a wonderful smile she had! I am blessed to have been part of “Team Joan.”. The peace of Christ be with you all.

  5. Elizabeth Kehoe

    I remember Joan with fondness. She had a gentle, quiet spirit. And I thoroughly enjoyed her stories of all the things she loved in her life….ice skating, making things, picnics, the beach, her career, but especially her children and grandchildren. My prayers are with the family in their time of sorrow and loss. My joy is in knowing Joan is with her Savior, where she’s full of life and made complete in perfect love. God bless the family.

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