GREENFIELD - Joanne ("Bales") Moriarty of 19 Harrison Avenue, Greenfield, passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2013, with her devoted family at her bedside, following a difficult battle with cancer.
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Joanne was born March 6, 1961, in Northampton.
She attended local schools and graduated from Northampton High School in 1978. She attended American International College followed by the culinary arts program at Holyoke Community College.
She was employed as a chef at various restaurants throughout the area, including Union Station, Bluebonnet Diner, Florence Diner, Four Leaf Clover in Bernardston, a summer camp in Maine and many more.
Joanne was well known for her athletic abilities. She was a member of the varsity basketball and softball teams during her high school years. She also participated yearly in the Northampton Recreation Department's summer softball leagues and one year, her team won the state championship and attended the nationals held in Idaho. She remained addicted to sports throughout her life and was an avid fan of the Red Sox and Patriots, hardly ever missing a televised game. Along with being a spectator and participating in sports, her other interests included playing cards (unbeatable at Cribbage), crossword puzzles, motorcycling, cooking and gardening.
Joanne was also a passionate animal lover and the proud owner of a rescue dog, Barney and cat, Sydney who will accompany Joanne on her journey to a better life free of pain. Animals were always drawn to her in a way they did not respond to others. She was also known for her unique sense of humor. She had a sarcastic wit about her that never offended others and made them laugh at themselves, an asset indeed.
Joanne will be deeply missed by her mother Barbara Moriarty of Greenfield; her sisters Christine Holmes and Sharon Elliott, both of Greenfield; her brother Dennis Moriarty of Greenfield; and her two loving nephews, Brandon Holmes and Ian Moriarty, also of Greenfield. She is also survived by a brother-in-law Kenny Elliott and an uncle John Moriarty of Williamsburg.
Joanne was predeceased by her grandparents Agnes and John Moriarty, an uncle Jimmy Moriarty and aunt Maureen Moriarty, all of Northampton.
The family would like to express our deepest gratitude to Deb Dahlgren who was a part of Joanne's life, and ours, for 13 years of happiness and joy. The family also wishes to extend a special thank you to the following people who played a major role with their compassion and kindness throughout Joanne's illness, Hospice Nurse Janice Tencza, with whom we developed an immediate connection. Overlook Nurse Margaret Boone, who touched Jo's soul and became a family friend. Emergency Room Nurse Pat Coffin and Intensive Care Unit Nurse Karl Schwartz, who maintained vital comfort measures until Jo passed on. You all are Angels on Earth. The family is comforted by the exceptional care you bestowed on our loved one. Thanks to Trish McGovern, Nurse Practitioner and Dr. McCann who began this journey with Jo. Nursing Supervisor Michelle Mortimer we thank you for guiding us with tough decisions in Jo's final hours.
A special thank you to Dr. Jeffrey Zesiger who is unmatched in his compassion of the patient and family needs. Dr. Z is truly a gift to both families and patients. Thank you for assuring Joanne would be in as little pain as possible. We are so grateful to you. And to Joanne's support group, friends of Bill W., your thoughtfulness and concern meant a great deal to her.
The Ahearn Funeral Home in Northampton is in charge of arrangements.
Calling hours will be Sunday, June 23, from 12 to 2 p.m. Please dress casually.
A graveside service will be Monday morning at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the
, P.O. Box 22718, Springfield, MA 73123-1718 or the Dakin Animal Shelter, 163 Montague Road, Leverett, MA 01054.
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Northampton, MA 01060
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on June 22, 2013