JoAnn Mooney, 72, of Hamden, CT passed away on September 29, 2015. Born in New Haven on March 7, 1943, she was a daughter of the late Charles & Mary Maggio Ornato. She was the beloved mother of Danielle (Theodore) Blaine of Old Greenwich, Jennifer (Jeffery) Marks of Colchester, Mark (Jenny) Mooney of Woodstock, GA, & Jason (Heather) Mooney of Rochester, NY; grandmother of, Logan, Gabrielle, Luke, & Sophia Blaine, Nathan & John Marks, Fiona, Alex, Alison, & Devon Mooney; sister of, MaryAnn (Bill) McAvoy of Madison and also survived by nieces and nephew. JoAnn was an amazing mother and an incredibly strong woman who always made her children feel loved. She enjoyed volunteering with numerous organizations and served as an advocate for those in need, a voice for those who did not have a voice. She worked as a junior high school French and Spanish teacher and loved educating others both in and out of the classroom. Friends may visit with her family from 8:30-10:30 AM on Friday, October 2nd at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden and are also invited to attend her Mass of Christian Burial, to be celebrated at 11:00 AM in St. Stephen's Church. Burial will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery. Contributions in JoAnn's memory may be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or given online at www.stjude.org.

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  1. Danielle, Jennifer, Jason, and Mark,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I always had a special fondness in my heart for your Mom. I thought she was one of the most amazing and special people, I had ever met. JoAnn was Kind, Caring, Gentle, Compassionate, and had the most beautiful soul. Her beauty radiated from within. I loved when she lived on State Street with us, I loved seeing her in the garden, and just listening to her stories, she found such pleasure in the little things, like a butterfly. How blessed you all are to have such an amazing, beautiful, Mom !

  2. I am very sorry for your loss. May your family find comfort in God’s promise of a paradise when there will be no more pain, sickness, or sorrow due to loss. Please accept my sincere condolence. (JW.org)

    Revelation 21:3,4 – Psalms 37:4,29

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