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Joan McColgan McDonald

1937 - 2020

Joan Catherine McDonald, age 82, of Dushore, PA, passed away on Sunday evening, August 30, 2020, at Muncy Place, surrounded by her loving family.

Joan was born in Philadelphia, PA, on October 21st, 1937.  She was the daughter of the late John and Marie Becht McColgan Sr. She graduated from Little Flower Catholic High School in Philadelphia.  She was the beloved wife of Joseph McDonald. They were married on September 29th, 1956.  Together they made a home and started a family in Philadelphia before moving to Sullivan County in 1966.  They adored and cherished each other and you rarely saw one without the other.   

She loved being a housewife and mother to her eleven children. She was a loving mother, always there for her family, putting everyone elses' needs above her own.  Over the years, she worked as a Medical Secretary, owner and operator (with Joe) of the Dushore Beverage, the Sullivan County census, transporting kindergarten students for Sullivan County School District, and then several years at the Laporte Post Office.

She loved spending time with her family and adored her 31 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.  They brought her so much joy!  She was an amazing cook, and an avid gardener and loved flowers.  She had a green thumb, growing amazing vegetables that she would can, cook, and share with her family.  

She also loved playing games, reading, and Sudoku and crossword puzzles.  We have so many fun, happy memories playing cards, board games, darts, and lawn games with her.  She also loved listening to the radio and took great pride in playing and winning radio contests. 

She was an active member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Dushore, PA, and a member of the Altar and Rosary Society.  Her faith meant everything to her.  She also volunteered her time at the Dushore Loan Closet. 

She was the devoted mother of Deborah (Thomas) Biggar, Ft. Myers, FL,  Joseph (Karen) McDonald, Newtown Square, PA, Kathleen (Mike) McCarthy, Larksville, PA, James (Dawn) McDonald, Rochester, NY, Denise (James) Blasi, Mildred, PA, Michael (Heather) McDonald, Lopez, PA, Michele (John) Leota, Steelton, PA, Eileen (Bill) Burdett, Loyalsock, PA, Kevin (Angela) McDonald, Dushore, PA, Thomas (Glenda) McDonald, Montoursville, PA, and Colleen Shultz, Dushore, PA. 

She is also survived by eighteen great grandchildren, and three brothers:  Jack (Joanne) McColgan Jr., Wynnewood, PA; Joseph (Joanne) McColgan, Glenside, PA; and Thomas (Jane) McColgan, San Clemente, CA. A brother-in-law, Thomas (Karen) McDonald, Dushore, PA, and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by three brothers-in-law: Gene, Raymond, and James McDonald, all formerly of Dushore, PA. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, September 4, 2020, at 11:00 AM, in St. Basils Church, Dushore, PA, with her pastor, Rev. Thomas J. Major, presiding. Interment will follow in the adjoining parish cemetery. Family and friends may call on Friday morning, September 4, 2020, from 10:00 AM until the start of Mass at 11:00 AM. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sullivan County Library, PO Box 309, Dushore, PA 18614 or the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, PO Box 307, Dushore, PA 18614. Arrangements are under the direction of the Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA. 18614.

Published in on September 1, 2020.

Joan was the daughter of John and Marie Becht McColgan Sr., the granddaughter of John and Mary Jane Tinneny McColgan of Greenock, Scotland, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Pennsauken, New Jersey and the great-granddaughter of Patrick “Yankee Pat” Tinneny of Goladuff, Newtownbutler, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, Greenock, Scotland and Philadelphia and his wife Margaret McAdam.




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