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Joan Donoghue

September 10, 1940 February 14, 2020
Joan Donoghue
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Joan P. Donoghue, 79, of Norwich Connecticut passed away in her home on Friday, February 14th, 2020 after a courageous year and a half battle with leukemia.
Joan was a remarkable woman who made countless contributions to the lives of many. She began her life in Holyoke Massachusetts on September 10th, 1940. Joan graduated from Holyoke Community College with a two-year degree which would begin a lifelong relationship with education. Joan attended American International College in Springfield, MA where her ambitions would then take her to Liberia where she was one of the first volunteer members of the Peace Corps from 1963 to 1966. Among her other adventures, Joan was a writer for TV Guide in New York City. After New York, Joan would come to Connecticut where she received her Administration Degree from New Haven College and then a 6th Year Degree in Educational Administration from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. Joan served over 20 years as a dedicated employee of the New London Connecticut School System in various capacities of education. She served on the Board of Directors for Centro De La Comunidad in New London for 15 years. Joan was also a friend of Bill’s for almost 34 years.

Joan is survived by her husband John G. Donoghue, her son Andrew Oehler, Her stepchildren Adam, Joshua and Melora Donoghue, her brother Jack Poli and her sister Judy Starky as well as her 5 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Joan’s legacy will survive in the hearts and minds of all those who knew her as well as those she reached but never met.

In keeping with Joan’s wishes, there will be no funeral services.

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