Joan F. Newman

  • Born: February 22, 1933
  • Died: December 4, 2019
  • Location: Media (formerly Drexel Hill), Pennsylvania

Cavanagh Patterson Family Funeral Homes

43 E. Baltimore Ave
Media, PA 19063
Tel. (610) 566-3400

Tribute & Message From The Family

Joan F. Newman of Media, and formerly from Drexel Hill, PA passed away surrounded by her loved ones on December 4, 2019 at the age of 86. She was born February 22, 1933 in Philadelphia, PA to the late James & Madelyn (Daly) Finegan.

Joan was predeceased by her son, James Newman. She is survived by her beloved husband of 65 years, Albert, son, Michael (Lisa), daughter Kathy (Carmen) DiMichele, and grandchildren, Christina, Melissa, Matthew, Michael, Nicholas, and Daniel.

Joan enjoyed spending time with her family, summers in North Wildwood, her dogs (Mickey and Minnie), making others smile, lunch with friends, playing the piano, shopping trips, praying the rosary, and volunteering at Saint Mary Magdalen's Prep program. Following years as a classroom teacher, she served Upper Darby School District as a Home and School Visitor and a middle school guidance counselor, and was honored as PA Guidance Counselor of the Year.

Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing on Monday, December 9, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at St. Mary Magdalen Parish on 2400 N. Providence Road, Media, PA 19063. Mass will begin at 11:00 AM followed by interment in Saints Peter & Paul Cemetery, Springfield, PA. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation


Condolence & Memory Journal

So many beautiful memories of Joan. When I was a young teacher Joan was a pleasure to work with, always kind, helpful, and very wise. She always wanted what was best for our students, their families, and our staff. Later the Lord blessed me with an incredible mentor as we worked together as counselors, but the best part was the friendship that developed and never ended. I am forever thankful for the years spent learning,laughing, and sharing with this humble, talented, and loving woman. I praise God for the mercy and grace Joan extended to so many people. In an often dark and negative world, Joan was a bright and positive light!
My wife, Dawn, and I send our love and prayers to Al, Kathy, Mike, grandchildren, and all relatives of this wonderful woman.

Posted by Dennis Kays - Havertown, PA - Friend   December 08, 2019

So sorry to hear about Joan's passing. As I started teaching at Drexel Hill Middle School, Joan took me under her wings and made my my stay at DHMS so pleasant. My thoughts and prayers to the Newman Family.

Posted by Sandy Dutcher - Bethel Park, PA - Friend   December 08, 2019

I loved teaching with Joan at Drexel Hill! She was a wonderful mentor, friend, counselor and role model for colleagues and students. Joan's smile could light up an entire room! May she rest in peace knowing her guidance and kindness helped so many people in need.

Posted by Heather Berardinelli - Media, PA - Coworker   December 07, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers to our wonderful friend who now is resting with our Lord. She gave so much happiness to all who knew and loved her. She will be sadly missed.

Posted by Ann and Craig Rishel - Upper Darby, PA - Friend   December 07, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We have all lost a great woman, friend, and counselor. She guided and counseled me through many dark days and was my daily inspiration. Our loss is Heaven's gain. The angels are praising God today for bringing Joan to eternal life with Him.

Posted by Joseph Galli - Chester Springs, PA - Friend   December 06, 2019

Joan was a wonderful person, friend & counselor! Being with her was a delight and she had the gift of making you feel special! I am so thankful for the years of her friendship.

Posted by Karen Carson - Glen Mills, PA - Friend   December 06, 2019

So sorry to hear about this, Mike. I will be praying for you and your family. I hope that many happy memories will ease your path through the grief.

Posted by Trudy Orthey - Drexel Hill, PA - Coworker   December 06, 2019

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