Joan McDonald Meehan, 91, of Scranton, died Tuesday at Linwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Her husband of 40 years, William A. Meehan, preceded her in death in 2001.
Born in Pittston, she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Mildred Best McDonald. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Parish in South Scranton until its closing, and later St. Paul of the Cross Parish.
A 1948 graduate of Moosic High School, Joan was voted as Belle of her class. She was employed as a technician for Bell Telephone and a switchboard operator at the Globe Store, and later Boscov's, prior to retirement. Joan was a devout Catholic who was devoted to her church and instilled a strong faith in her children as well. She highly valued learning, and worked hard to ensure her daughters and her grandchildren all received college educations. Joan kept abreast of current events and politics, and was always happy to discuss them. As a skilled quilter, she made many quilts for family members and friends. Joan was also an avid baker and gardener, and had a fondness for Gertrude Hawk Chocolates; she always had some in her purse to share. She will be deeply missed, but fondly remembered, by all who knew her.
She is survived by three daughters: Mary Pat Cunningham and husband, Alan, and their sons, Patrick and Matthew Cunningham; Colleen Hartman and her children, Mark Gruszkiewicz, and Nicole and Ryan Hartman; and Erin Soroka and her son, Shawn Soroka; a brother, Thomas McDonald and wife, Joan; a sister, Ann McGraw; cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Mildred Keegan and Catherine Willard; and a son-in-law, Todd Hartman.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Paul of the Cross Parish at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church, 1217 Prospect Ave.; by the Rev. Jonathan Kuhar, pastor; followed by interment at Cathedral Cemetery. Those attending Mass on Saturday are asked to proceed directly to the church. Friends may call Friday, 4 to 7 p.m. , at the Neil W. Regan Funeral Home, 1900 Pittston Ave. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul of the Cross Parish. To e-mail condolences, please visit the funeral home website.