Joan Doolan

Joan Doolan

Sunday, January 1st, 1933 Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

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Obituary for Joan Doolan (Kush)

Joan Doolan 87 of Spring Lake, NJ died Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at home surrounded by her family. Born on New Year’s Day in Wilkes Barre, PA, Joan came to New Jersey in 1956 to start her teaching career at St. Joseph in Toms River, NJ and Spring Lake Heights Elementary School. Joan graduated from College of Misericordia, Dallas, PA. She met the love of her life, Michael the summer of 1956 at the Village Barn. Rumor has it that whenever Joan came into the Village Barn, it was the only time Michael took a break. They married the next summer. She was a parishioner of St. Catharine Church, Spring Lake. She worked alongside her husband Michael at the Village Barn, Michael Doolans and now Doolans Shore Club, a leading restaurant, banquet and wedding facility. Joan was a trail blazer in the wedding industry, she took great pride and joy in meeting every couple. It was important to her that every couple had their dream wedding. She loved planning every aspect of that special day.
Joan was totally devoted to her husband of 58 years. She was adored by her husband and daughters who loved to be with her. She was her daughter’s ultimate role model for life and business. It was a special honor to be her daughter.
In her later years, she was blessed to have Doreen by her side. Everyone in town knew them. She loved nothing better than a good hair day. Joan was very proud of her polish heritage and Michael’s Irish heritage.
Joan was predeceased by her parents, Vincent and Zofia Kush, her loving husband Michael J. Doolan, her brothers, Francis Kush and his wife Blanche, Joseph Kush, her sisters, Katherine Filipczyk and husband Benjamin, Victoria Hauk and husband Joseph, Betty Durant and husband Joseph, Mary Kush, Margaret Easter and husband Andrew. Surviving are her three daughters, Susan Doolan of Spring Lake, NJ, Ann Carter and her husband James of Las Vegas, NV, Joanie Doolan of Spring Lake, NJ and many nieces, nephews, dear friends and her dedicated staff.
Visiting will be Thursday, January 23, 2020, from 4-8 PM at the O’Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Hwy 35 at New Bedford Rd., Wall. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, January 24, 2020, 10:30 AM at St. Catharine Church, 215 Essex Ave., Spring Lake, NJ. Committal will follow in St. Anne Cemetery, Wall. For more information or to send condolences please visit In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her name to Spring Lake First Aid Squad, P.O. Box 94 Spring Lake, NJ 07762 or to College of Misericordia 301 lake Street Dallas, PA 18612.

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    St. Catharine's Church
    215 Essex Avenue
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    Thursday, January 23rd, 2020
    4:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Service

    Friday, January 24th, 2020 | 10:30am
    St. Catharine's Church
    215 Essex Avenue
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    Friday, January 24th, 2020
    Parish Priest
  • Interment

    St. Anne's Cemetery
    1610 Allenwood Road
    WALL, NJ
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Karin Kutrieb

So sorry to read of the passing of your beloved mother. She could not have had more devoted daughters especially in the past number of years, as well as the love of your dear Dad when he was still with us. What a wonderful tribute to her in the Coast Star. May you always be comforted knowing how much love you all shared for so long.
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Alice Casey

Dear Susan/Joan/family. May your dear Mom RIP with your Dad. Beautiful obituary tribute. Live on with all the happy memories shared and so many. Blessings, Alice Casey
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Elizabeth A Houk

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Michael Byrne

Dear Susan, Joannie and Ann,
You can proudly celebrate the life of a special Mother, teacher, business woman and an all around wonderful person.
She will of course always remain in your hearts and also ours as we remember Joan.
Sincerely, Mike and Isabelle Byrne
Comment | Posted at 01:03pm via Condolence

Raymond F Miller

Mr. and Mrs. Doolan were an important part of Spring Lake Hgts. for as long as I can remember. Their restaurant was and still is top of the line for dinner or parties, and they were always gracious hosts, as their daughters are today. I thank them for all of the things they do for our Community.
Ray Miller
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