In Memory of






Obituary for Joan A. Watson (Ries )

Joan A. Watson, age 87, passed away on Sunday, February 4, 2024 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune.  Born and raised in Philadelphia and Bucks County, Pa., Joan moved to Newark in 1963 and has resided in Wall Township since 1996.

She was a graduate of St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls, Trenton Junior College, and Rutgers University.

Joan was a parishioner of St. Elizabeth’s RC Church in Avon-by-the-Sea.  Her love of flowers and of painting them was reflected in her roles as a member and past President of the Garden Club of Spring Lake, an Ocean County Rutgers Master Gardener volunteer, and a member of the Belmar Arts Center.  Joan was an enthusiastic artist and received awards for her work at Monmouth County Senior Art Shows.

She is predeceased by her beloved husband, George F. Watson in 2018.

Surviving are her loving children George Patrick Watson and his wife Sheila, Joanne Letson, Matthew Watson and his wife Sabine, and Nora Boyce Watson; her cherished grandchildren Sarah (and her husband Austin), Zachary, Monica, Owen (and his wife Brooke), Stephanie, Joseph, and Bridget; her cousin Donna Marie Bossman; her sisters-in-law Bridget Wingert and Mary Jane Gimpel; and many nieces and nephews.

Viewing will be held on Friday, February 9, 2024, from 4-7 p.m. at O’Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Hwy 35, Wall.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Saturday, February 10 at 10 a.m. at St. Elizabeth’s RC Church, Avon-by-the-Sea.  Cremation is private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to The Belmar Arts Council at, or Monmouth Arts at