Joan M. Cavanagh

Joan M. Cavanagh of Scott Twp. died Thursday at home. She is survived by her husband, Walter "Dick" Cavanagh. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Francis A. Moran.

Born in Baldwinsville, N.Y., Joan was the daughter of the late Walter and Frances Virginia McCarthy, and was a graduate of Marywood College. Before her retirement, she was a teacher in the Dunmore School District and also taught at Montessori schools. She was a member of Our Lady of Snows Church, Clarks Summit.

Joan was always giving to others. Through her charity work with Friends of the Poor, she would buy thousands of Christmas presents for those less fortunate; for Pennsylvanians for Human Life, she would organize the annual Mother's Day flower sale; and for countless others, she would lovingly listen and offer simple, caring thoughts. She always shared her home with an endless stream of children and friends. She loved to sing and dance and laugh, travel near and far — especially to be a snowbird in Florida and visit her children in California. She was always happy to meet a stranger and make a fast new friend in the same moment. She always had a smile on her face and will be missed by all those lucky enough to have shared her life with her. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family.

Also surviving are her six children, three sons, Francis A. and wife, Dana Moran, of Costa Mesa, Calif.; Patrick F. Cavanagh of Washington, D.C.; and Walter F. and wife, Kari Cavanagh, of Boston, Mass.; three daughters, Karen Moran Saunders of Clarks Summit; Joanne Moran Lewis of Great Falls, Va.; and Kathleen "K.C." Cavanagh of Berkeley, Calif.; two sisters, Ann and husband, Dr. William Dwyer, of Lake Ontario, N.Y.; and Sue and husband, Charles Caulson, of Denver, Colo.; 10 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, Robert McCarthy.

The funeral will be Monday from the Albert P. O'Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge St., Dunmore, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Snows Church, 301 S. State St., Clarks Summit. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton. If you are attending, please proceed directly to the church the morning of the funeral.

Friends may call Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, make a donation to Friends of the Poor or Pennsylvanians for Human Life.

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Published in Scranton Times on Nov. 24, 2012