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O'Shea, Joan Marie (Ferrigan)


Joan Marie O’Shea, aged 74, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 27th, 2020. A celebration of her beautiful life will be held on September 4th, 2020, at 9:30am at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church in Farmers Branch, Texas. In lieu of flowers, Joan would have been humbled by donations made to Mary Immaculate Catholic Church.

She was born on September 4, 1945, in Whitney, Ontario, Canada, to Joseph and Jeanette Ferrigan. On July 13, 1974, she married her best friend and life-long love, Daniel Patrick O’Shea III. Together, they built a life that was founded on a strong sense of faith and an even stronger sense of family. Joan is survived by her husband, Dan, her daughters, Kathleen “Kate” Carone, Meghan “Meg” O’Shea, Siobhan O’Shea, Tara O’Shea, Molly Mulkey, Brandy O’Shea and Tiffany O’Shea, son Michael O’Shea, ten grandchildren, and brother Kevin Ferrigan. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, three brothers, and her beloved son, Danny.

Joan, affectionately called “Joni” by those closest to her, devoted her life to serving others. After high school, Joan began the process of taking Holy Orders by joining the convent in The Order of the Faithful Companions of Jesus. After leaving the orders, she married Dan, and started their family two years later. Joan and Dan were parents to five girls and one son. In 1988, Dan and Joan expanded their family by three by way of adopting two sisters and a brother. They could not be more proud of the family they had created.

While Joan loved her family beyond measure, it was her Catholic faith that drove all things in her life. A long time member of Mary Immaculate, Joan was heavily involved in the life of the Parish, considering it an extension of her own family that she loved so much.

Joan didn’t just love her children, she loved all children. And her heart was filled by her work as a Kindergarten teacher in schools within the Catholic Diocese of Dallas. She also devoted time to teaching religious studies to children from her Mary Immaculate family. Joan’s heart was that of a servant. She was always looking for ways to help, no matter how big or small, and she did so with such joy and grace. She was welcoming and kind, never having met a stranger.

The passing of Joan has left a sadness to those who knew her, but also a joy that she is living a life free of pain and is reunited with her son, Danny. Joan will be missed every single day. She was loved every single day and she will be thought of often and fondly. Rest in peace, Joan.

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9 replies on “O'Shea, Joan Marie (Ferrigan)”

Gloria Kubisewsky Broderick says:

I went to school with Joan at St. Mary’s Convent Combermere Ontario Canada

Tim Dougherty says:

Joan helped with many different ministries at Mary Immaculate. She had a special dedication to pro-life work. I will miss her humorous comments.

Rose Carlucci says:

Dear Joanie
It was you who lead me to be a good catholic mother to volunteer for things I never really thought to do. I found you when my first born daughter Kristy was 14 months she came to your home threes a week so I could go back to work that was 38 years ago. You are the reason I went to work with children I even got my bachelors in early childhood child development family is everything Keeping a sense of humor throughout life you could always keep me laughing RIP Joanie O’Shea ❤️

Cindy Mcteague says:

I was Joanie’s God Child.Iam so happy I had the chance to talk to her a few months ago.Prayers to the family.RIP Joanie. I love You

Pat Martin (nee Wraw) says:

I knew Joni in
combermere when I was also an fcj…knew Dan later, J was a great soul and a barrel load of fun. Love to you all, Pat

Patricia (Fuller) Anglehart says:

Aunt Joanie,
O’Shea family, so sorry for your loss.
Anglehart Family

Beverly de Filippis says:

Dan and family, I am deeply saddened to learn of Joan’s death. She was such a warm, funny, vibrant person- a joy to know. My sincere condolences to you all.

Maggie McGovern-Houlihan says:

Dear Dan and family, I have just heard about your loss of your dear Joni. You two made a great team and amazing parents and educators. May you have many good memories that will help you thought this difficult time. RIP in peace dear Joni, you have earned your rest.

Patricia Reyes says:

Dear Dan and Family,
I am so sorry to learn of Joan’s passing. She taught my older children at St. Elizabeth’s. She was an amazing woman who had an infectious smile and laugh. She will be missed. Praying for you all. Always, Patricia Reyes

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