Obituary for Joan McGorry

Joan McGorry, age 70, of Northfield, passed away Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at her home. Joan was born February 5, 1947, in Manhattan, New York, to Joseph W. “Bill” and Mary (Clyne) Brochu. She was raised in Westbury, New York, and attended Sacred Heart Academy in Hempstead, New York graduating in 1964. She attended Farmingdale College and St. John’s University, receiving her bachelor’s degree in Education. On August 9, 1969, Joan married Peter D. McGorry at St. Brigid’s Catholic Church. After marriage, they made their home in Port Jefferson, New York until moving to Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 1972. In 1976, […]

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Joan McGorry, age 70, of Northfield, passed away Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at her home.

Joan was born February 5, 1947, in Manhattan, New York, to Joseph W. “Bill” and Mary (Clyne) Brochu. She was raised in Westbury, New York, and attended Sacred Heart Academy in Hempstead, New York graduating in 1964. She attended Farmingdale College and St. John’s University, receiving her bachelor’s degree in Education. On August 9, 1969, Joan married Peter D. McGorry at St. Brigid’s Catholic Church. After marriage, they made their home in Port Jefferson, New York until moving to Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 1972. In 1976, they moved to Burnsville, Minnesota, and in 1977 to Cannon Falls. In 1979, they returned to Kenosha and in 1982 returned to Cannon Falls. Over the years Joan worked for several local companies including the Cannon Falls Beacon and Midwest Imports. She spent several years as executive director of the United Ostomy Association of America – a nonprofit for ostomy resources, advocacy and support.

Joan was a longtime member of the Church of St. Dominic and book club. She enjoyed reading, the arts, painting and crocheting.

Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Peter; 4 children: Peter (Jean) of Big Lake, Beth of Dubuque, Iowa, Matthew of Minneapolis, Christopher of Boulder, Colorado; 2 grandchildren, Luke and Kiera; 2 brothers, Bill (Serena) Brochu of Farmingdale, NY, Tom (Peggy) Brochu of Cincinnati, OH; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Services will be Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at 10:30 AM at Church of St. Dominic in Northfield. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service in the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Heartland Hospice Care in Rochester.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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Funeral

September 19, 2017 - 10:30 AM


Visitation One Hour Before Service
Church of St. Dominic - Northfield
104 Linden St N Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

1 Comment

  1. Lois Mara

    Sending our Prayers to family. I had been part of the “Reading Between the Wines” book club with Joan before we moved from CF. I feel grateful for having known Joan and having shared in her knowledge during our book club discussions! Joan was a wonderful and caring person that touched many lives.
    Peace be with all of you.

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