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Joan Monahan

1927 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Joan Monahan Obituary
Joan Monahan

Lincroft - The family of Joan Monahan (née Bower) sadly announces her passing on 3/19/18. She died at home, as was her wish, with the round-the-clock care of her immediate family. Joan was born on April 22, 1927, and raised in the Greenville section of Jersey City, where she married, raised her children, graduated from college, and welcomed her grandchildren. Joanie was thoughtful and loyal, with a razor-sharp wit, unbridled honesty, and a fiercely independent spirit. Widowed at age 40 with three children and few assets, she saw them all finish college. She then went on to earn her own Bachelor's degree, thereafter working as a Hudson County probation officer.

She loved to crochet and sew, was an avid reader and expert crossworder. She never turned down a request to babysit her grandchildren or their many pets. Her pie crusts, Thanksgiving gravy, and coleslaw remain unrivaled. She was incredibly generous, and maintained an open door policy with family and friends. After retirement, she could usually be found on her laptop reading the day's news, emailing her children and grandchildren, or Skyping with her great-grandchildren in California and NJ. She was also the family genealogist, meticulously documenting her lineage in America back to the Revolutionary War and Ireland to the 1700s, a gift for her descendants.

Joan was predeceased by her husband Donald, her parents, William and Ann (née Murtha) Bower, She is survived by her children, Donald Monahan (Suzanne) of Bayonne, Joanne Monahan (Denis Sweeney) of Jersey City, and Barbara Monahan of Red Bank; 6 grandchildren, Keely Halsey (Tom), Bridget McClain (Ed), Claire Sweeney, Kathryn Henne, Caitlin (Ryan Condal), and Ceire (Tom Feuker); 7 great-grandchildren and other beloved relations.

Joan/Mommy/Maw-maw/Mom-mom/Joanie, we were so lucky to have you in our lives. You will live on forever in our hearts.

If desired, please donate to St. Francis Breadline for the Poor, an organization close to her heart (visit As she directed, her burial services will be simple and private. Arrangements by: Horizon Funeral Services of Toms River. Burial; burial n Holy Name Cemetery.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Mar. 29, 2018
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