Joanne (Getchell) Mahoney, age 89, died peacefully on February 12th, 2023. She was born in Brockton and graduated Brockton High School in 1950. In 1956 she married Paul L. Mahoney of Boston and together they lived in Brockton where they raised their three children – except for summers which were spent in Marion. In 1979 the family moved to Marion permanently. Paul predeceased her in 1995 after almost 30 years of an almost perfect marriage.
Joanne graduated from Simmons College and held advanced degrees from Northeastern University and Boston University. She served as School Psychologist for Whitman Public schools for over 30 years and was a consulting psychologist for public schools in Randolph, Abington, Rockland and Plymouth.
Throughout her adult life she was an active member of many civic and social organizations – serving as Director and/or officer of many, including Peoples Saving Bank of Brockton, Women’s Guild of the Brockton Hospital, Marion Council on Aging, and The Piney Point Beach Club. She was named Marion’s Woman of the Year in 2015. She was a Life Member of The Kittansett Club of Marion.
She was feisty, impatient and opinionated, and she was warm, witty, kind and affectionate. She loved her friends, books, travel, animals, Pall Mall cigarettes, and giving advice (solicited or not)! She disliked vegetables, physical exercise, and most politicians. Most of all, she loved to laugh, she loved her family and they loved her back.
When she passed she was ready and eager to meet God and to see Paul again – hopefully, the feelings were mutual!
She is survived by her children – daughter, PJ Dodge of Boston, son James E. Mahoney (Allison) of Arlington, VA, son Sean M. Mahoney of West Cork, Ireland – grandchildren Bayard Dodge (Caitlin) of Boston, and Andrew B. Dodge of Brooklyn – great-grandsons Carter and Quinn Dodge of Boston – and several loved nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit on Thurs., Feb. 16, 2023 at Chapman Funerals & Cremations – Wareham, 2599 Cranberry Hwy. (Rt. 28), Wareham from 5 – 7 pm. Funeral will be from the funeral home on Friday at 9 am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Rita’s Church, 115 Front St., Marion at 10 am. Interment will follow in Old Landing Cemetery, Marion.
Donations in her memory may be made to The Elizabeth Taber Library, 8 Spring Street, Marion, MA 02738. For directions or to leave a message of condolence visit: www.chapmanfuneral.com