South Orange, New Jersey

1922 - 2017


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Mary Joan Aires O'Connor South Orange mother of six and tireless volunteer across the decades as parent, AT&T career retiree, parishioner, and supporter of women's education and the Sisters of Charity, 'stayed engaged always,' 95 Mary Joan Aires O'Connor of South Orange, N.J., died peacefully...

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Was away and unable to attend services. Just wanted to express both condolences and a smile about your mom. I loved her.
She was a special person as well as a hoot.
There are very few people I can say I have known for close to 60 years. Your Mom counts as one. Her relationship with Geraldine goes without saying. I know my mother counted your mom as one of her dearest confidants. What a friendship, we should all be so lucky. From marriage date to the timing of offspring,...

Joan's brother Bill and I were close friends since the family moved to Nutley in in the late 1940s. I spent a lot of my free time in 8th grade and high school at The Aires Estate at 41 Enclosure. Joan was my friend from those teenage years until she left us for heaven, where I know she will be praying for all her family and friends until we meet her again. Her late brother Bill and I remained friends for life, and was the only non-family member of my wedding party. I also loved Joan's Mom...

I'm Noreen, my mother was Mary Branigan Haines. Cousin Joan came with us to Ireland one Thanksgiving. Most of my family was there and we all remembered her energy and willingness to do whatever was on the agenda. She didn't turn down any adventure. A good traveling companion and great company. She and my mother talked all the time about their school days together when my mother and her sister Jean lived with Cousin Joan and her parents Frank & Jewell Aires. You all must be very proud of...