Leppert Mortuaries - Nora

740 East 86th St, Indianapolis, IN


Joan C. Feeney

August 6, 1933June 14, 2020

She was affectionately known as Mom, Aunt Joanie, JoAnn, Grannie, friend, Jazzy Joan and Jewelry Joan. Born August 6, 1933 in Chicago to the late Luther W. and Pearl (Butler) Bullock, Joan was a 1951 graduate of St. Agnes Academy and a 1952 graduate of the Indiana University School of Dentistry Dental Hygiene Program. She then worked at the Indianapolis VA Hospital cleaning the teeth of our veterans and volunteered at the Servicemen’s Center during the Korean War, where she was proudly selected as Miss Fourth Regiment.

Joan married Francis J. Feeney Jr on October 25, 1958 and remained so for 54 years until the time of his death in 2012. The lives and extracurriculars of their five children became her focus. As a longtime member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish and School, while the children were young, she volunteered in numerous capacities as a member of the Parish Council, Eucharistic Minister, Lecturer, Brownie Scout Leader, softball coach, Chairperson of The Bazaar, school librarian and Chairperson of the Annual Auction.

As the family grew, so did Joan’s outreach within the Indianapolis community. She believed in and understood deeply the value of a dedicated volunteer. She took immense pride in her volunteer work. She served as Chair of the Cathedral High School Shamrauction, Chair of the Junior League’s Next to New Shop and Board, member and Past President of the Indianapolis Day Nursery Auxiliary, member and Past President of the Proctor Club, Board member of the Volunteer Action Center and Prevention Of Child Abuse, member and Past President of the Hoosier Minimizers and member of the St Augustine Guild. Mom truly found her mission as a volunteer when she landed at the Damien Center. She started as a switchboard volunteer until she was asked to work fulltime as an official employee answering phones and greeting visitors. Mom loved her 15+ years at “the center” and each person with whom she met fell in love with her. She made sure they knew she loved them all right back.

So what did she do in her free time, you ask? She was a prolific cross stitcher, adept bridge player, bowler, jewelry wearer extraordinaire, QVC shopper and reader of vampire novels. Lunches, weekend trips and dinner dates with countless friends including the IHM volleyball crew and bridge group filled the pages of her “daytimer.”

Joan was proceeded in death by her husband, Sandy, beloved son, Robert George (Bobby), dearest sister, Mary Lou O’Connor, golden retrievers, Murphy, Duffy, Barney, Tasha, Caliber the cat and black lab, Irish. She is survived by daughters, Ann Clare Feeney, Susan Marie Feeney, Kay Feeney-Caito, Nancy Carol Feeney, Sherry Feeney; grandchildren, Isabella, Madeleine, Cecilia, Riley and Allison; nieces, Marie, Kathleen, Eileen, Carol and Sharon.

In lieu of flowers, find time to volunteer in your community in Mom’s honor; when your safety permits, go out to lunch with friends wearing your most “jazzy Joan” jewelry and clothing; or make a donation to the Damien Center: 26 N Arsenal Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46201.

Due to the present circumstances, a public Memorial Mass will be held at a later date.

Leppert Mortuary – Nora Chapel, assisting with arrangements. To share a memory, please visit www.leppertmortuary.com.


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Joan C. Feeney

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Ed Alexander

June 22, 2020

Dear Feeney Family:

25 years ago, when I was looking for support and information about HIV after a family member was diagnosed, Joan was the very first person I spoke with at The Damien Center. Her kindness to a stranger will never be forgotten. Over the years we became friends, often talking about everything. She was a force that touched so many people. Peace, dear Joan.

Kathleen O'Connor

June 21, 2020

Aunt Joanie. One of my favorite memories was when our families would get together on nearly every major holiday and one Thanksgiving comes to mind. The O'Connor household drove up to Uncle Sandy and Aunt Joanie's beautiful home, when all of a sudden we see Sandy running down the outside steps with the turkey which was on fire. Aunt Joanie was cool as a cucumber and had made so many other yummy dishes, along with her sister, my mom's Au Gratin Potatoes and ham, Thanksgiving went on without a blip.

Aunt Joanie took us on wonderful adventures including outdoor movie theaters. I love and miss you Aunt Joanie and your dearly departed husband, Sandy and their beautiful son, Bobbie. May you find your new home in Heaven, divine! You made the sparkle and my mom, your sister Marylou brought the pixie dust! Pure Magic!

Marie O'Connor

June 21, 2020

My beloved Godmama and all star Aunt of gumption and pizzazz, is someone I was royally spoiled by the 1st six years of my life-by both her and my beloved Uncle Sandy...when my dearlin awesome cousins started appearing on the scene, my brother and sisters and me all were held in the fun grace of rambunctious family life and get togethers! I remember Joanie piling us into her white corvette w/ red interior (vroom, vroom!!!) for countless swimming and sundry adventures. Her love of style and love of dogs made major life long impressions on me, early on : Duffy, and these sunglasses she used to wear that sported
black and white extensions out from the top of the lenses (I called them her ‘awning sunglasses’) are indelible in my heart and memory. And in not so long ago, she was/is a spiritual activist role model for me...One of her favorite compliments that her dear friend Fr Jerry used to say about her was that “if she leaned anymore to the left, she’d fall over!”. I hope and trust that she in Heaven now, joyfully reunited with Sandy and Bobby, and her sister, my Mom- Mary Lou, and of course-Duffy and all the wonderful dogs and Caliber the wanna be golden retriever cat, getting up to fabulous shenanigans! My heart goes out to my beloved cuzins- one of these days, post COVID, we’ll get together again in person and share our memories with laughter and tears. I love you, Aunt Joanie! ( I hope you can help sneak me in when the time comes☘️🐾🐾💚)!

Steve and Susie Baranyk

June 21, 2020

Dear Feeney family, your Mother, Joan, was a remarkable woman in so many ways. Through her generosity she gave many gifts. The best of these gifts are her family who continue to carry on her work of making the world a better place.

May the Lord our God comfort each of you for this loss and Heaven's gain.

Susie and Steve

Sharon Bosler

June 21, 2020

Whenever St.Augustine Guild had a fashion show “Jewelry Joan” was sure to make a splash as an unforgettable model. Always with a smile that was Joan. Despite the loss of Sandy and Bobby she carried on faithfully. The city has lost a fine, giving lady.

Carolyn Wooton

June 21, 2020

To the Feeney Family.
I will miss her funny sense of humor. May she rest in the palm of God's hands. Now. She deserves her rest. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Carolyn Wooton Euchristic Minister Volunteer.

Kathleen O'Connor

June 21, 2020

My Aunt Joanie was the coolest and her smile would light up a room! She always made you feel so special, and her love of family, and activism was extraordinary! Her beauty shown brightly in her heart, love of life, dedicated to family and to her dear dogs/cat. Aunt Joanie was an activist before her time and a role model! Aunt Joanie demonstrated how to make her community and the world a better place in her volunteer work and just being her loving self!
I will miss Aunt Joanie and send my love and prayers to her dear surviving children and grandchildren. She is reunited with her dearly departed parents, husband, dear son, sister, and uncle in Heaven!