Joan T. Mitrowski
July 15, 1930 – September 8, 2020
Joan T. (Keegan) Mitrowski , 90 of Boston, formerly of Dennis, died peacefully at her daughter Linda’s home in Boston on September 8, 2020. She is also survived by her son Michael and partner Marlene Atkin of Dana Point, CA and grandsons Michael of Denver and Dan of New York City.
Joan moved to Boston to be with her daughter and devoted, loyal granddog Keegan after her husband Ed predeceased her on September 13, 2017. Joan and Ed were married for 65 years.
Joan was born in Springfield, MA on July 15, 1930 to Helen (Collins) and Gilbert Keegan. She loved tap dancing as a child and traveling to California in the summers to visit family. Her loving Mother instilled a strong self confidence and a love of travel and adventure with Joan.
Joan and Ed were married in 1951 in Springfield, MA and in 1966 moved to Lake Mohawk, Sparta, New Jersey for Ed’s job transfer to Picatinny Arsenal, Dover, New Jersey. They loved living at the lake enjoying boating, waterskiing, tennis, snow skiing, attending West Point football games and Lake Mohawk Club dances with many friends. Joan also loved singing Polish Christmas Carols during the holidays. They were frequent visitors to Cape Cod during the summers.
Joan was a Public Affairs Specialist, federal employee at Picatinny Arsenal in Dover, NJ until her retirement in 1987. She wrote numerous employee human interest articles for the Picatinny Arsenal newspaper read by over 10,000 federal government employees. She also coordinated Armed Forces Day events and received several commendations from all ranks of military dignitaries for coordinating government/industry events, her writing excellence and strong work ethic. Her husband Ed was a mechanical engineer at Picatinny Arsenal. They attended many social activities at the Officer’s Club.
When Joan and Ed retired, they moved to their home on Cape Cod.
Joan and Ed loved having a home on Cape Cod for 40 years which was a popular place for family and friends to visit. They were frequent tennis players at Johnny Kelly Park where Joan organized the Seniors Tennis Group. Joan was also a member of Our Lady of the Cape parish, the Irish Club of Cape Cod, the Polish Club and the Red Hat Society. Joan and Ed enjoyed traveling and took vacations to Ireland, Poland, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic and Morocco.
In the winter, they would go to their other favorite place, Hawaii. Family and friends visited them there also! Joan and Ed were fortunate to enjoy their retirement winters in Diamond Head, Oahu, playing tennis, attending the Hula Bowl and the Pro Bowl football games, running the annual Aloha run and enjoying the beautiful scenery and weather with their friends. Joan loved hula dancing too.
Joan will be remembered most for living the “Spirit of Aloha”, sharing love, affection, positive energy and treating everyone with kindness and respect. She made people better with her unconditional love and uplifting attitude. Joan always said that “Life wasn’t a dress rehearsal” and no one did it better than her. She loved telling a great story. To paraphrase the Irish poet William Butler Yeats, strangers were friends she hadn’t yet met. Her friends would frequently say “she knows half of the people on Oahu!” “A hui hou, Joan” (Until we meet again).
Joan also leaves her niece Margaret Lordi, wonderful family friends Rosa (Personal Assistant), Janet (Cape Cod caregiver) and her hairdresser Rocco. A special thanks to Care Dimensions who provided hospice support.
Donations in Joan’s memory may be made to the Care Dimensions, Danvers, MA. or the Boys and Girls Club.
There will be a private burial at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, MA on September 15.
A Celebration of Life Mass will be held at Our Lady of Great Voyage Church in Boston on September 16 at 10:30 am.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Joan T. Mitrowski
September 16, 2020
My condolences to the loss of your Mom Linda.
What a special person and wonderful life she lived ! Thank you for sharing what a beautiful soul she is !
September 13, 2020
To Linda and the Mitrowski family, John and I send our deepest sympathies on the recent passing of your mom and the previous passing of your dad. While vacationing in Hawaii we met them as we were walking down the street in Waikiki. I heard running feet from behind. I turned and there was your mom! She said "You have a Black Dog t-shirt on!" Come to find out we both had homes on the Cape! That was the beginning of a friendship; sharing time when we later moved to Hawaii and also time spent playing tennis on the Cape. Over the years we lost track. But Ed and Joanie were often thought of with fond memories! They were great people! May they be lighting up the tennis courts above!
September 12, 2020
The beautiful obituary of Joan was a lovely insight to this truly wonderful lady...always friendly and smiling and uplifting and fun to be around. Her time here on earth was spent fully and giving and I was fortunate to call her my friend of so many years. My condolences to Linda and her family in the loss of this special Mom.