Joan Murray Cleary, 92, died Monday evening at Hillcrest Commons Nursing Care Center in Pittsfield.
Born in Pittsfield on November 27, 1930, the eldest daughter of Edward M. and Mary Griffin Cleary, she was a 1948 graduate of St. Joseph High School and later earned her BA degree in biology and chemistry from Our Lady of the Elms College of Chicopee and Masters in Education from North Adams State College in 1958. Joan was an educator and junior high math teacher for Pittsfield Public Schools for many years, retiring in 1986. After retirement she worked part time at Hillcrest Hospital. She enjoyed being a volunteer at Hancock Shaker Village; chair caning; weaving; needlepoint; crossword puzzles; traveling; was an avid reader; and enjoyed playing Bingo, Sudoku, and caring for her many cats over the years. She was a faithful friend of Bill W. for the past 48 years.
Joan is survived by one sister, Mona Guidi (Raymond) of Dalton; her brother-in-law, Justin Davis of Pittsfield; and several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her sister Patricia Davis of Pittsfield.
The family would like to thank Gerry Rollinger for her many years of helping Joan. A Liturgy of Christian Burial for Joan M. Cleary will be celebrated Monday, December 12 at 10 a.m. at St. Ann’s Church in Lenox by the Rev. Monsignor John J. Bonzagni, Pastor. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Great Barrington. The Roche Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To share memories and stories, please visit the funeral home’s website.