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Joan Shanahan, of Weymouth, passed away on Friday, August 4, 2017, at the age of 76. Joan was born, and lived most of her life, in Weymouth. She graduated from Cardinal Strich College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1977, where she spent several years with the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, working with adults and children with physical and intellectual disabilities. Upon returning to Weymouth in 1980, Joan continued advocating for individuals with special needs, and spent many years working as a teacher for the Pilgrim Area Collaborative. Throughout her life, Joan was a dedicated volunteer for the Special Olympics organization, and was elected to the Massachusetts Special Olympics Hall of Fame. She loved Boston sports teams - especially the Red Sox. She was an active member of St. Albert the Greats Parish community, and enjoyed visiting Disney World in Florida and Foxwoods. Joan was the twin sister of the late Jean Navicky of East Weymouth and sister of the late William E. Shanahan. She is survived by an extended family of cousins, nieces, nephews, and many dear friends. Friends and relatives are invited to visiting hours on Friday, August 11, from 8 to 10:30 a.m. in C. C. Shepherd Funeral Home, located at 134 Pleasant St. (Columbian Sq.) S. Weymouth, followed by a funeral Mass at St. Albert the Great Church in Weymouth at 11 a.m. Interment will be in the Fairmount Cemetery in East Weymouth. Donations may be made in Joans memory to Saint Albert the Great Church, 1130 Washington St., Weymouth, MA 02189-1932. For online condolences or directions, please visit www.ccshepherd.com or call 781-337-0050.
Published in The Weymouth News from Aug. 8 to Aug. 23, 2017
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