The Curry Coastal Pilot

Joan O'Leary passed away at her home in Brookings on Jan. 15, 2012. She was 84.

Joan was born Feb. 24, 1927, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Joseph and Florence (McKenna) Mullen. She grew up and spent the first 33 years of her life there.

Joan married Charles E. O'Leary in New York on April 19, 1947. They moved to Middletown, N.J., in 1960 where Joan became certified as a Licensed Practical Nurse, graduating at the top of her class. She worked in a doctor's office there for 18 years.

She and Charles retired and moved to Brookings in 1984 where Joan was active at Star of the Sea Catholic Church, including service in the Altar Society and helping with bingo and the holiday bazaar. Joan also enjoyed playing bingo, baking cakes and Irish soda bread and spending time with her family.

Survivors include her daughter Jane O'Leary-Cooke of Hawthorne, Calif.; son Charles O'Leary of San Francisco; grandchildren Kenna O'Brien, Nathan Cooke and Joanie Lopez; great-grandchildren Cormac, Birdie and Harrison; sister Florence Murphy-Richards of Brooklyn.

Joan was preceded in death by her husband in 1999, son Kerry O'Leary and son-in-law Roger Cooke.

Memorial contributions may be made to Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 820 Old County Road, Brookings, OR 97415.

Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, at Star of the Sea followed by Mass at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Luan Nguyen will officiate. A luncheon will follow in the parish hall at the Church.

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Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel