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Joan Marie-Grace (Janiszewski) Shannon

1942 - 2021



Joan Marie Grace (Janiszewski) Shannon 

Heartbreakingly on Wednesday July 7th 2021, our Beloved Mother passed away at Bayonne hospital in the presence of her two loving sons Robert E. Jr. and Troy J. Shannon with Caroline Nittolo and Dania Delavera, being our Loved Ones. Our Mother, born Joan Marie Janiszewski to father John and mother Mary on October 3rd 1942 in Downtown Jersey City. As a child she loved going to her grandparent’s farm, growing to love all animals especially horses, riding and caring for them. A city girl with a country heart. Our Mother had a passion for German Shepherds raising, training and owning them for many decades. All dogs and wolves have been howling ever since her passing. As a teenager our Mother twisted and Doo-woped her way into loving a small-time singer called Elvis. The last song our Mother heard was Elvis’s rendition of Amazing Grace. Our Mother started her career in the Telephone Co. as an operator patching one party into the other party so they can just establish a conversation; before starting and dedicating her life to her family up till her very last breath. Later in life our Mother worked for the Jersey Journal in sales for many years. If you received a phone call during dinner time, that was our Mother. Then turning to her passion and what was ingrained into her soul of selflessly helping others who were suffering by becoming a Home Health Aide. Our Mother was deeply religious and said the Rosary and Prayed throughout the day. This goes back to her youth and a very sick Nun asked our Mother to Pray for her which she did very hard; the Nun got well and gave our Mother a small wooden statue of the Blessed Mother as a thank you gesture. Our Mother kept this statue for over 70 years. It is now going to be buried with her along with her favorite pair of Rosary Beads placed in her hands. This faith and her Polish power made her beat cervical cancer 21 years ago.

Cherished Grandmother of Johnathan and Andrew (A.J.) Shannon. Our Mother the Matriarch of the family is survived by her five loving sisters; Carole Ann (Husband Michael Zazzarino), Irene, Margaret “Peggy” (deceased life partner Dominic Lupo), Barbara and Cheryl Ann “Sherry” (Husband Mark Paterno). Our Mother’s husband is Robert E. Shannon Sr. Our Mother’s Aunt Joan (Milczarski) Solicitto is the eldest member of the family’s mighty oak tree plus our Mother’s many nieces, nephews, cousins and Godchildren. Our Mother was predeceased by her parents John Sr. and Mary Janiszewski and her two brother’s John Jr “Jackie” (surviving wife Ana “Anita”) and Robert.

Our Mother’s request was to have a private viewing. The Mass will be held from 10:30-11:30am on Tuesday July 13th at Our Lady of Mt Carmel Roman Catholic Church on 39 East 22nd St. in Bayonne. Burial will follow at 12pm at Holy Cross Cemetery on 340 Ridge Rd in North Arlington N.J.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in our Mother’s name to the National Cervical Cancer Coalition. https://www.nccc-online.org/get-involved/donate-to-nccc/


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Robert, Troy, Johnathan and Andrew (AJ) “Her Boys”

July 14, 2021 12:09 PM

Joan Marie Grace Janiszewski Shannon 

Is a like no other
A superWoman in her own right
Never a cause or for a person she wasn’t there to give the fight
With a strength that was ever so strong
On her back she would carry you along
Like the footprints in the sand that hung so proud 
On the wall we recited in a whisper as we bowed
For this is her
I do decor
To lend a hand or give her last penny
Was more then most for so of many 
If you had issues, depressed or sick
She had every ingredient to make you lick 
The external to internal wounds or scars that ran so deep
That would make a mortal weep
Everyone gravitated towards her
Family, friends, strangers were
In fact, her child
To put it mild 
around her we all complied 
A nightly tuck in and a kiss goodnight
To take away all our fright 
She never once put herself first
Even when she was told the worst 
3 short months the doctor would say
She told him flat out that would not be my last day
21 years 7 months and yes those few last days
In so many ways
Are Heartbreakingly still too few
As we kneel here today on this pew 
We offer to our Heavenly Father our prayers 
From our flowing tears and great despairs 
Ascending the stairs to Pearly Gates
Our Angel will Not Have to Wait
Heaven just received a new Mother

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