Joan F. Shaughnessy- Age 90, of Orleans, formerly of Belmont, passed away peacefully, on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, with her Hospice caregivers, Becky, Sandy and John by her side.
Joan was born on June 25,1929. She was preceded in death by her beloved siblings, John Shaughnessy, Marie Facey, Sally Fitzgerald, and nephew Timmy Facey, niece Joyce Shaughnessy and great nephew Tyler Weymouth. As an Aunt, Joan was a second mother to all of her nieces and nephews and generously shared her life. Joan is survived by her loving nieces, Susan Shine, Joan Weymouth, Maria Herlihy, Rose Doherty, and Kathy Burbank, and loving nephews Sean Shaughnessy, Jay Facey, Charlie Facey, Paul Fitzgerald, Bobby Fitzgerald, and Paul Gill.
Joan was a fiercely independent, intelligent, adventurous, funny and kind woman. Joan earned her Bachelors degree in Education from Westfield State College. After graduating she went overseas to Tokyo, Japan to teach the children of American Service families stationed there.Upon returning to the states, Joan taught elementary school in Newton until her retirement. Joan then went on to earn a Masters degree in Social Work, and became a Social Worker at the Kit Clark House in Dorchester. Joan’s passion in life was always helping others.
Joan retired to Orleans, and loved her life on the Cape. Joan was an animal lover, and always had a dog companion, who became the equivalent of another family member. "Mighty Mutt”, fondly referred to as M&M, is her surviving canine companion. M&M is being lovingly cared for by her niece and namesake Joan Weymouth. A celebration of Joan’s life is planned for the Spring. Donations in Joan’s memory can be made to the shelter where she adopted M&M. The Animal Rescue League, Brewster Shelter, 3981Main Street, Brewster, Ma.02631
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