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Joan of Arc Dougherty (Gillen)

Tuesday, May 11th, 1920 - Monday, May 18th, 2020
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Joan d’Arc (née Gillen) Dougherty gained her seat in heaven on May 18, 2020. She is reunited with her most beloved husband of 58 years, Dominic Aloysius Dougherty Jr. Joan was preceded in death by her parents Patrick and Hannah, brothers Joseph, William, Patrick, Thomas and Bernard, and sister Mary Rose Gillen Gregory.

Born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on May 11, 1920, Joan celebrated one hundred years of life. Having lost her parents early in life, and as the youngest of seven children, Joan learned the foundation of her values: faith and family. From the age of 12, she was responsible for running a household. It was while attending a wedding that she met Dominic and found her partner in the Catholic faith. On October 25, 1941, they celebrated the Sacrament of Matrimony at Holy Infancy Church in Bethlehem. Dom and Joan set down their roots in Auburndale, Massachusetts in 1944, and raised a family of fifteen children.

Joan was honored as Mother of the Year by The March of Dimes in 1956, for nursing six of nine children through polio the prior year. Joan’s proudest achievement though was the family she and Dom established. They instilled the traits of observance of an unfailing Faith, devotion to family, commitment to education and confronting hard work, qualities which are now passed on to new generations. She taught by action, not by words. She wore out her knees while tending to the needs of her home and her children and wore out the treads of stairs as she knelt each night in prayer. Joan possessed a memory for details that astonished anyone who had a second conversation with her while sitting around the kitchen table.

Joan had a dedication to the born and the unborn, identifying each as a child of God. She was an avid consumer of information but focused only on matters that would improve the lives of her children. She cherished the fact that her children all graduated from college, with a majority obtaining advanced degrees.

A loving daughter, sister, aunt, wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, and great grandmother Joan opened her heart to all in need. She gave an immeasurable amount of love to all whom she encountered. Though she is now happily dancing with Dom, she is and will be deeply missed.

All Because Two People Fell In Love, Joan d’Arc’s legacy is her fifteen children, sixty-five grandchildren and ninety-two great grandchildren, and those on their way: Joan of Arc (MA); Dominic III (MA); Patrick and Irene (DE) and their children: Christopher (Julie) (children Kaitlin and Patrick), Carolyn (Mike) Smith (children Rachael, Matthew, Sarah, Andrew, Thomas, Anna, Christopher, Mary and John), Elizabeth (children Alycia, Mallory and Declan), Meghan Dougherty (Corey Pettingill) (child Caleb), and Becky Gaunt (children Dominic, Alaina, Xavier, Jonas, Elise, and Delia); Eileen and Charles Doell (AZ) and their children: Erin Doell (Mark Brzezinski) (child Thomas), Emily (children Joshua, Noah and Lily), Keri (Mark) Keller, Andrew (children Sophie and Audrey), Alicia (Dustin) Fitzpatrick (children Theo and Eloise), Rebecca (Jim) Salvator, and Brian (Lindsay) (children James and Molly); Timothy and Diane (NJ) and their children: Marie (Phil) Anderson (children Penny and Rowan), Theresa, and Charlie; Dennis and Jill (VA) and their children: Abbi, Patrick (Dusica) (children Oliver and Ana), Kathleen (Chris) Wood (child Eve), Matthew (Laura Collier), and Carol (Jonathan) Marksteiner; Mary and Frederick Aufiero (MA) and their children: Jude (Heather) (children Isabella and Keira), Gabriel (Reyna) (children Emma and Adrian), Mary Joan (children Connor and Emma), Veronica and fiancé Alex Wheeler, Luke (Heidi) (children Abigail and James), Dolores, Joan Marie (children Erin and Shane), Ruth, Matt (Ashleigh) (children Prestin, Vincent and Rosalie), Damian (Katelyn) (children Henry and Teddy), and Robert; Joseph and Mary Catherine (VA) and their children: Kelly (Jason) Burke (children Joey, Brigid, Matthew, Tommy and Molly), Kristine Schweiss (children Dominic, John, Mary Monica, and Anne), Michael (Elizabeth) (children Maddie, Henry, Peter, Frank and Ada), and Mary (Andrew) Schreiner (children Kathleen, Claire, Mary Maureen and Grace); Michael and Elizabeth (MN) and their children: Tim (Kate) (children Dominic V, Benedict and Elizabeth), Kate (Brian) Estrada (children Mary Rose, Eleanor, Caroline and Joseph), and Michelle; Kathleen and Keith Molacek (MN) and their children Jerome and Andrew; Kristine (MA); Terence and Rosemary (MA) and their children: Maggie (Sean) McKenna (children Elizabeth and Jack), Patricia, and Kathleen; John and Maribeth (IL) and their children: John, Bridget, Molly, Patrick (Gabi), and Hannah; Richard and Julie (TX) and their children: Mary (Brandon) Misko (children Marianne, Pip, Fiona and Margaret), Annie (Eric) Palmer (children Cora and Helen), Dominic IV (Laura), Joe, Joan of Arc (John Paul) Jones (child Joan of Arc), Rose, James, John and Michael; Anne and Daniel Diaz (CA) and their children: Sue (Wes) Fox (children Evelyn, Kathryn and Joan), Johanna (Derek) Halbasch (children Abby, Oliver, Sam, Penny and Charlotte), Dan, Sarah (children CeCe and Millie), Simon (Sara), Libby, Mary and Katie.

A Roman Catholic funeral Mass was held privately at Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Church located at 270 Elliot Street, Newton Upper Falls, MA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Church or to New Hope, Inc., Pregnancy Resource Center, 149 3 rd Avenue, Westwood, NJ 07675.
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A Roman Catholic funeral Mass was held privately at Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Church located at 270 Elliot Street, Newton Upper Falls, MA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Church or to New Hope, Inc., Pregnancy Resource Center, 149 3rd Avenue, Westwood, NJ 07675


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Johanna Halbasch

Posted at 09:44am
As I reflect on the loss of a constant in my life, I constantly hear her say “now Johanna, stop that crying. Where do you think I’ve gone?!” Hilariously sarcastic, brutally honest, but fiercely loved and prayed daily for you despite your efforts to stray. She taught us about faith and family and moving forward. 20 years since Grandpa died and they finally get to dance again. Together they gave us this family and now together live on for eternity with our Lord. Thank you God for those 100 years you gave her.

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She thought that she was alone,
As she knelt there on the stair.
Her daily chores attended to,
She sinks, weary, in sleep and prayer.

Each of the sixteen nearby souls
Tucked peacefully in his bed,
Feels comforted and protected
By those prayers on the stairs being said.

For none alone feels worthy
Of the fullness of God’s grace.
Believing many of their blessings flow
From the mother praying in that place.

She taught us of the goodness of God,
Of the tender mercy of His Son,
And how prayers of special supplication
To His Blessed Mother should be done.

She has watched us grow much older
And start families of our own,
Passing on that, in nightly prayers,
You are never truly alone.

We wonder if, after all these years,
That kneeling mother understands
That on those stairs so long ago,
She forged our faith with folded hands.


Heather (Stickney) Kreisberg

Posted at 11:49pm
Once upon a time there was a little girl in need of a Grandma here on earth since her own maternal grandmother had gone to heaven long before she was born. In December of 1984, this baby girl made her very first visit to the house on Newell Road. It is there she found a Grandma & Grandpa, a wise Uncle Nick who was curiously referred to as “The King”, an amazing Aunt Joanie who scooped her up and showered her with hugs and kisses (and later snuck her pieces of Big Red gum when she was older), and her beloved Krissy who was more of a second mother to the little girl than an aunt.

As the little girl grew, she spent many of her childhood days at that magical house. It turns out that there were even more aunts and uncles both near and far, who would come to visit, most especially in the summer! This little girl, who had no siblings of her own, soon realized how uniquely blessed she was to be a part of this incredible family. It is among this family that the little girl’s love of babies was nurtured. It is where she learned how to change a diaper (there were always plenty!), fix a bottle, take a walk as many times as needed around the block to get a baby to fall asleep, give a bath, and read stories to the little ones. There was no greater role model for motherhood than Grandma Dougherty, and the little girl watched and learned. And when that little girl became a mother herself six years ago, she finally understood the joy that Grandma experienced with each and every baby she welcomed into this world.

Grandma Dougherty was a mother of 15, a grandmother of 65, and a great-grandmother to 92 and counting, and yet she still made room in her heart and her home for this little girl. Why? Because love is never divided. It is multiplied. And that is the greatest lesson this woman shared with us all. 💕

May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God, Rest In Peace. Amen 🙏🏻
-Heather Mary, grandchild #27.5

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