Joan Hastings of Chester, N.Y., dies at age 81


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Joan Hastings of Chester, N.Y., was called to rest with the Lord on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. She died peacefully, at home, after a long illness. She was 81.

Daughter of John Reilly and Irene (Gorry) Reilly, she was born in the Bronx, N.Y.

She married her high school sweetheart and love of her life, Don, and settled in Chester to raise her family. She was the loving mother of two daughters, grandmother of six, and great grandmother of one.

She worked for Orange and Ulster BOCES for 25 years, retiring in 2000.

To her family and friends, Joan was known to be kind, humble and selfless. She was an avid sports fan, whose undying love for the Mets filled her with pride and frustration. She watched every single game, which speaks to her patience and loyalty.

She loved penny slots, the buffet and her devoted friends and neighbors.

Her greatest accomplishment was her family and cherished being Mom, Gramma, and GG more than anything. She was happiest anytime she could spend with them.

She is survived by her children: Catherine Hughes of Chester and Jennifer Shippee of Central Valley, N.Y.; grandchildren, Lisa Misik, Richie Hughes, Andrew, Jason, Eric and Olivia Shippee; great grandson, Ace Fotty; niece, Jean Luna Hora, and nephews, Rob, Ken and Tom Luna, and their children.

Visitation was held June 10 at Flynn Funeral and Cremation Memorial Centers in Monroe.

A Funeral Mass was offered June 11 at St. Columba Roman Catholic Church, Chester. Father John Bonnici was the celebrant. Burial followed at St. Columba Parish Cemetery, Route 94, Chester.

Joan’s family would like to thank all of the doctors, nurses and caregivers that attended to her in final months.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.



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