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Joan Teresa Feeley


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Joan Teresa Feeley Obituary
January 27, 1932 - March 9, 2017 Dr. Joan Teresa Feeley, Ph. D, of Irvine, CA, formerly of River Edge, NJ, returned to her heavenly home on March 9, 2017, and joined her beloved husband, Robert J. Feeley. Joan was born in Brooklyn, NY, on January 27, 1932. In 1950 she graduated from Fontbonne Hall Academy in Brooklyn, NY. In 1953 she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in French from Misericordia University College, in Dallas, PA. After graduating from college, Joan started teaching English and French at the public High School in River Vale, NJ, and later taught at Cathedral High School in New York City. In 1955, she married Robert Feeley, and they resided in Brooklyn, NY. Joan then enrolled in the master's program at Hunter College, where she taught English and received her master's degree in Education. In 1960, after having two children, John and Maura, the Feeleys moved from Brooklyn to River Edge, NJ, where Joan resided for the next 45 years. Joan also taught at the elementary school in New Milford, NJ for the next several years. In 1970, Joan accepted a teaching fellowship at New York University, where she studied and obtained her Ph. D in Education. After receiving her Ph. D, Joan taught both undergraduate and graduate classes at William Paterson University for the next 23 years. Joan published numerous articles on education, and several highly acclaimed books, including "Teaching Reading through Literature" and "Reading and Administration." Joan was revered by her students and widely respected by colleagues in the field of education. Joan was a devout Catholic, who was an active member in St. Peter the Apostle congregation where she served on the school Board of Education. Joan was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Joan is survived by her son, John Feeley, his wife Judy, and their three children, Brian, his wife Lauren, Kelly, and Scott; and her daughter, Maura, her husband Frank, and her children, Cristina and Laura. Services will be held at Beaugard Funeral Home in River Edge, NJ on March 31, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and there will be a funeral mass at St. Peter the Apostle Church on April 1, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations are welcomed for the Joan Feeley Endowed Scholarship at William Paterson University. Memorial gifts may be directed to: Nancy Norville, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ 07470. For questions, contact Nancy at [email protected] or 973-720-2782. O'Connor Mortuary (949) 581-4300 www.oconnormortuary.com
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Mar. 31, 2017
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