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OBITUARY

Joan Walsh McEvoy Wehrell

July 31, 1932July 31, 2020
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Joan Walsh McEvoy Wehrell passed away peacefully on her 88th birthday, July 31, in East Orleans, MA.

Joan was born in Manhattan to Helen and William “Buddy” Walsh. She grew up in the Inwood neighborhood, attended several New York City Catholic schools and remained proud of her NYC upbringing throughout her life.

Joan married Joseph McEvoy in 1955. They raised three children in the Bronx, Queens and, eventually, Ramsey, New Jersey. While living in New Jersey, Joan owned a furniture consignment shop with her dear friend, Addie Priess, now of Eastham on Cape Cod. She also worked in advertising for many years, most of them in management. When Joe passed away unexpectedly in 1984, Joan moved to Brewster on the Cape to be closer to her dear sister, Marie Kavanagh, of East Orleans. For many years, Joan and Marie owned Kate’s Classics, a women’s clothing store, with shops in both Chatham and Eastham.

Joan met her second husband, James Wehrell, through a Brewster newcomers’ club. They married in 1995 and lived together happily in East Orleans until Jim’s death in 2010.

Joan loved Cape Cod. Whether riding in her grandson’s jeep on Nauset Spit, enjoying a clam bake, or meeting her many friends for lunch at her favorite restaurants, she often mused that she was blessed to live on the Cape. Always busy, she particularly loved volunteering at the St. Joan of Arc thrift shop where she forged many strong friendships. She also relished her role as matriarch of Henson’s Way, where her neighbors enjoyed visiting Joan and sharing a glass of her favorite wine.

Joan was an avid story teller. Among her favorites: she was voted “Most Mischievous” in high school (with good reason, apparently); as a young girl, she placed her father’s horse racing bets with the local bookie; later, she often raided her sisters’ closets to support her keen fashion sense and spent many a night at the Copacabana where she managed to steal a dance from Jerry Lewis. Before her first marriage, she worked at Eastern Airlines where she supervised a shy woman who couldn’t be persuaded to join after-work antics. Apparently, Ms. Lee was too busy writing the epic novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird”. With grit and a deep faith, Joan weathered more than her fair share of illness and tragedies during her lifetime; yet, she remained upbeat and positive to the end. She will be missed.

She is survived by her three children and their spouses: Patricia McEvoy and Stephen Manning of West Hartford, CT; Stephen and Tina McEvoy of New York City; and Stacey and David Fallon of Needham, MA. She is also survived by her adoring grandchildren: Bridget and Sean Manning; Christin (McEvoy) DiPisa and Rob DiPisa, Colin and Tanner McEvoy; Sydney and Emma Fallon; and two great-grandchildren, Adalyn and James DiPisa.

The family requests that any donations be made to St. Jude’s Hospital in Joan’s memory. To remain safe during the current pandemic, a celebration of Joan’s life will be held at a later date.

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  • To remain safe during the current pandemic, a celebration of Joan’s life will be held at a later date.

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Stacey Fallon

August 9, 2020

Stacey Fallon

August 9, 2020

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August 9, 2020

Laura Fassett

August 8, 2020

This photo is from a few summers ago when we visited the Cape with our English cousins. Their favorite memory from our trip to the Cape was the day we spent with Mamar. A day spent with her was always a memorable one, and it saddens me that I won’t have any more of those days.
I am so sorry for your loss, she was a very special lady and you are all lucky to have spent so many days together! Love and hugs to you all! Love ,Laura, John , Alli and Susannah

Linda Mogerley Wurth

August 8, 2020

My thoughts are with all of the McEvoys. I’m sorry for your loss. 💜 Linda

Liam Rogers

August 7, 2020

What a great woman. Classic New York Irish. Tough, smart, loving and joyful. You couldn't get a lot past her but she'd smile when she caught you trying. My prayers go out for the family and friends that they are comforted and strengthened by the warmth of their memories of her love and wit. I certainly will miss trying to get her to like me. May perpetual light shine upon her

Mary Nardini

August 2, 2020

I met and worked with Joan at the St. Joan of Arc Thrift Shop. She exuded confidence, authority, compassion, strength, and determination. Joan was a tireless worker for the Shop and a loyal friend. Her beautiful smile and words of wisdom will be sorely missed. My condolences to Joan's family. Rest in peace. my dear friend.

Susan Otoole

August 1, 2020

I volunteered with Joan at the SJA Thrift Shop for many years. She was a strong, gracious, elegant, interesting and interested woman. She was outspoken in a good way and I will remember her fondly. My sincere condolences to her family. May she rest in peace.

Susan O’Toole
Eastham, MA

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